Camp Paivika opened in 1947 as one of the first fully accessible camps in the United States. Camp Paivika operates under a special use permit granted by the San Bernardino National Forest. Located in the beautiful San Bernardino National Forest, the camp offers overnight summer and winter/spring programs for children and adults with mild to severe developmental and physical disabilities such as autism, ADHD, cerebral palsy, epilepsy and Down syndrome.
The program allows campers to make friends, try new things and become more confident. Families are often surprised to find loved ones returning home with a new, can-do spirit, independently choosing clothes for the day, tying their shoes or brushing their teeth without assistance. And, of course, families appreciate the respite they can take from the rigors and challenges of providing 24/7 care.
Since 2010 the Rotary Club of East Los Angeles has donated time to beautify and refurbish the campgrounds and has sponsored special needs youth to attend the camp.
The kids from Ability First participate in a 5k run in Down Town Los Angeles with the assistance of Griffith Middle School’s Interact Rotary Club.