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Camp Special Place welcomes children ages 5-12 with special needs at the Kenmore Youth Center in Mang Park. We are located at 135 Wilber Avenue, Kenmore, NY 14217.

At CSP we offer supervised activities in arts, crafts, games, swimming, field trips and more. Our camp runs 9:00am-3:00pm, Monday-Friday, July 10-August 18, 2017.

2017 Fees: $75 per week for residents and $110 per week for non-residents. 

Applications accepted April 3-June 2 online at and in-person/by mail to the Youth, Parks & Recreation office (299 Decatur Road, Buffalo, NY 14223, open M-F 8am-4pm).

Space is limited! If registering online, payment is due in full at time of registration. If registering in person at YPR office, payment plan may be set up (minimum one week’s fees per child due at registration, with 50% of balance due by May 5 and remaining balance due no later than June 9).

For more information please visit or contact Nicole Fields at 831-1001 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

View our pdf Parent Handbook (682 KB) for policies, procedures, and schedules.


Camp Special Place FAQs

Is there a multi-child discount?   We do not offer a sibling discount for summer camp.

I only need my child to come to camp a few days a week. Can I only pay for those days?   We do not offer a part-time or per-day option. You may choose to send your child only on certain days, but you must pay for the full week of camp.

How do I register?   You will either need to come to the Youth, Parks & Recreation office (299 Decatur Road, M-F 8am-4pm) with a completed application for each child, or register online at If you do not have an account with us, you will need to stop by one of our facilities and show proof of residency so we can set one up for you - you will not be able to register online until you do this. If signing up online, you must pay in full. If we do not receive your completed application, medical information and immunization records, and full payment by June 2 your child will be removed from the program. Even if you attended Camp Special Place last summer or attended the KYC during the school year, you must complete the entire registration process for summer 2017.

When is the money due?   Any outstanding balance from previous participation in a YPR program must be paid in full before registering for camp. You must pay for at least one week of camp per child at time of registration (ie. if you are registering 3 resident children, you must make a down payment of at least $375). Your remaining balance is due no later than June 9. Failure to pay remaining balance by June 2 will result in children’s removal from the camp roster for any weeks that are not paid for in full. Re-enrollment will be subject to space availability and full payment prior to enrollment.  Sorry, we are unable to make any exceptions.

We changed our plans. Can we get a refund?   If you are registered for a week of camp that you need to cancel, you must let us know at least ten full business days in advance.  For example: If your child is registered for the week of July 24, you must notify us by 8:00am on Monday, July 10 in order to receive a refund. If you do not give us two weeks’ notice we will not be able to offer a refund, as we have to schedule our staff and activities and pay for field trips in advance based on enrollment. All cancellations must be made through the Youth, Parks & Recreation office (831-1001).

Is there an additional cost for field trips or swimming?   No! All of our activities are included in the weekly camp fee.

What time can I drop my child off?   Camp begins at 9:00am each day. You must sign your child in each morning.

What time should I pick up my child from camp?   Camp ends at 3:00pm every day. You must sign your child out at pick-up.

Where will my child be throughout the day?   Our camp utilizes the Kenmore Community Center, Mang Park (including the playgrounds, tennis courts, and fields on the opposite side of Wilber Avenue), and the pools each day. If you drop your child off after 9:15am, you may need to escort them to meet their group in a different location in the park. If you pick your child up before 2:45pm, you may need to meet them at a different location in the park after signing them out. We go on field trips every week, generally on Wednesdays.

Do you provide lunch?   We do not provide any meals to campers. We are a site for the Niagara County Free Summer Lunch program, which runs for the duration of camp. You can choose to send your child with a lunch each day or opt to have them receive a free lunch (a calendar will be available in late June indicating what lunch will be each day).

When and where will my child be swimming?   Campers under the age of 8 will be swimming at the Mang Wading Pool and campers over the age of 8 will be swimming at the Kenmore Big Pool. Campers usually head to the pool between 1:00 and 2:00pm (depending on when the pools open) and swim for 1-1.5 hours. Counselors swim with their campers, and American Red Cross certified lifeguards supervise on deck. Any child wishing to swim in the deep end of the Kenmore Big Pool will be swim tested by a lifeguard on their first day. You may send your child with a Coast Guard-approved flotation device to use in the pool.

What is the staff to child ratio?   Our groups have 6 campers to 1 counselor. There is a maximum of 36 campers.

What certifications/trainings do your staff receive?   Most of our staff are college students, many of them studying Education or Recreation. Some of our staff are teachers and teacher aids. All counselors hold current CPR and First Aid certifications. We also have a nurse on staff. Our camp is licensed through the New York State Department of Health.

Can my child be put in the same group as his/her friend or sibling?   We are not able to accommodate requests for camper groups or counselors.

What does my child need to bring with them each day?   Backpack, lunch, water bottle, sunscreen, hat, closed-toe shoes, swimsuit, towel, Coast Guard approved floatation device if needed, plastic bag for wet items, poncho or rain jacket on wet days, sweatshirt or light jacket on cool days, old shoes on muddy days—Please label ALL items. Electronics, toys, any valuables should stay at home.

Please note: The KYC Summer Camp, Kenmore Senior Nutrition, and Kenmore Juvenile Aid Bureau are also based at the Kenmore Community Center. There are times that the building may be busy because of these programs and there are times the programs may interact with one another.

Youth, Parks & Recreation FAQ's

No, you don’t, although residents will pay a reduced as compared to non-residents. Aquatic and Fitness Center

You must be 60 years old to join. Senior Citizen Center

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