Easterseals Camp Fairlee

Special Needs Camp:
Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Developmental Disabilities, Down Syndrome

Overnight Camp

Camp Address
22242 Bay Shore Road
Chestertown, Maryland 21620
(410) 778-0566

Off-Season Address
22242 Bay Shore Road
Chestertown, Maryland 21620
(410) 778-0566

Camp Locations: Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia

Easter Seals Camp Fairlee (ESCF) has been providing recreation and respite services to persons with disabilties, and their families, since 1954.   ESCF is primarily known for providing a tradtional, residential, summer camp experience for childen and adults with all types of disABILITIES! IN recent years,  it has become well known as a regional provider of disability services and has had persons from as many 12 different states attend summer camp.  The facility is located in the middle of 250 rural acres on Maryland's historic upper Eastern Shore.  Program participants enjoy a variety of activities including canoeing, horseback riding, wall climbing, zip lining, ropes course, swimming, arts/crafts, indoor and outdoor games, and lots fun, friendship and fellowship. 

Persons with all types of disabilities attend ESCF including those with Autism, DD, CP, MD, TBI, DS, MS, stroke, orthopedic and physical impariments, and many others including those who are medically fragile.   ESCF has a health center with an RN and LPN's, and a physician on call 24/7.  

ESCF was completely rebulit and renovated in 2015.  All facilities are new, modern, accessible and comfortable.

Besides Summer Camp, other services include Respite Weekends from September through May, and Travel Trips for adults 18 and older year round. ESCF is also available for rental to other non-profit disability organizations, church retreats, conferences, weddings, family reunions etc.

Easterseals Camp Fairlee Camp Picture
Easterseals Camp Fairlee Camp Picture

Camp Video

Camp Facilities

Easterseals Camp Fairlee was totally rebuilt in 2015.   All old building were demolished to make for all  new facilities that are  accessible and climate controlled for year round comfort.   Facilties include 7 new cabins, a 12,000 square foot activity center with gymnasium, health center and infirmary, dining hall, outdoor pavilion and oudoor activity areas including wall climb, high and low ropes, zip line, pool, nature trails, fields etc.

Camp Staff

Sallie Price, Director of Camping and Recreation

Camp FAQs

Can Camp Fairlee handle special dietary needs?
yes. Our chef can prepare meals that aresalt free, diabetic, vegetarian, gluten free and so forth

Is Camp Fairlee accessible?
All facilities and activities are fully accessible.

How does Camp Fairlee accomodate those who need help with activities of daily living?
Camp counselors are trained to help with all needs including toileting, bathing, dressing, grooming, eating etc.

What training does staff receive?
Camp Fairlee trains it staff as per American Camp Association Standards, requirements by the state of Maryland and Easterseals policies. Such training includes personal care supervision, lifting and transferring, behavior management, abuse, neglect and exploitation, First Aid and CPR. All staff go through criminal background checks with the state of Maryland and the FBI. Lifegaurds are certified by the American Red Cross

What are sleeping quarters like?
All seven cabins and dorms are new and climate controlled year-round for comfort and are fully accessible.

What about health and safety?
Camp Fairlee has a full time health center / infirmary staffed by nurses during camp sessions to watch over the health of camp participants. Nurses handle meds upon check in and distribute as per doctor prescriptions. There is a physician on call 24/7. There is a hospital emergency room about 8 miles away.

Who goes to Camp Fairlee?
Children over 6 and adults ( including senior adults) with disabilities attend Camp Fairlee. Common disabilites include ( but not limited to) intellectual disabilities, Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Down Syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis, brain injury, Autism, physical disabilities / impairments, and most others including individuals who are medically fragile. A doctor must certify that a participant is well enough to attend camp.

Is Camp Fairlee accredited?
Yes. Camp Fairlee is accredited by the American Camp Association and meets over 300 standards for health and safety.

What types of activities do campers participant in?
Campers can choose their activities. Activities include swimming pool, wall climbing, zip lining, canoeing, kayaking, nature trails, high and low ropes, horseback riding, outdoor games, arts/crafts and more! During periods of excessive heat or inclement weather there is a 12,000 square foot activity center with a gymnasium for indoor games and activities.

Camp Sessions

Camp Season: January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019

Camp Location

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