camp hand in hand

Camp Hand in Hand was the very first program offered by Hand in Hand. Mark and Vinnie Smith and Dave and Joanie Steil wanted their children (and other children with disabilities) to have the same opportunities for fun, learning, and recreation as typically developing children. They decided a one week summer camp for children of all abilities would be a good place to start.

Since the first camp in 2000, Camp Hand in Hand has grown into a two week summer camp that serves 60 campers each July. Campers of all abilities are welcome and are partnered with a buddy, who provides support as needed as they enjoy all the typical camp activities: horseback riding, archery, crafts, swimming, canoeing, and fishing. 


Camp will once again be held at Camp Abe Lincoln in Blue Grass, IA. Transportation information will be announced soon!

This year's camp theme is 2021: A Space Odyssey!

 Week 1 Session: July 12 - 16, 2021

Week 2 Session: July 19 - 23, 2021

Camp is Monday - Friday 9:00 - 4:00 

The participation fee for camp this year is $250 and must be paid in full to reserve your campers slot.

Any Camp related questions can be directed to Kyle Rodriguez.


If your camper has NOT attended Hand in Hand events since May 1, 2020, you need to complete a "New or Lapsed Camper" registration. If your camper HAS attended Hand in Hand since last May, please complete the "Current Participant" registration. ​If you would prefer us to email or mail you a copy of the registration, please email Dawn ( or call 563-332-8010 and we will be happy to provide this.

Want to Volunteer at camp? We'll need you! Complete your application here!

Hand in Hand
3860 Middle Road
Bettendorf, IA 52722

Website updates funded by

Scott County Regional Authority

© 2016 Hand in Hand

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