• Children with Special Needs + Teen Mentors + Summer Camp Everyone Wins!
  • Because every child should enjoy all summer has to offer SummerAde
  • Helping families, teaching teens and building community Be a Hero

What is SummerAde?

SummerAde pairs high school volunteers with children with special needs to aid them during their week at a summer day camp.

SummerAde is a 501(c)3 non-profit sponsored by MarinLink

Welcome to SummerAde 2017!

Applications are now closed.

Many changes for SummerAde 2017 ahead.

Website undergoing editing in month of January.

Applications open February 6-April 15, 2017

How it Works

Carefully screened teen volunteers serve as a mentor for a young child with special needs, helping them adjust to the schedule, navigate activities, facilitate social interactions and enjoy all the day camp has to offer.  Parents choose the camp and the week that works for you and we will individually pair your child with a qualified, trained teen mentor.

Teen Mentors

Come learn about the world of children with special needs and their families.  Volunteer to spend a week of your summer attending summer day camp with a special child and reap the rewards of being part of something special.  Receive specialized training in working with these children who have mild to moderate developmental, behavioral or medical challenges.  Earn community service credit while giving back in a meaningful way.  Apply now!

Teen Mentor Page


Have you often wanted to send your child to a summer day camp but felt like they might need more assistance than the camp staff could offer?  SummerAde allows you to feel secure in sending your child with a teen mentor, screened and trained by professionals, to a camp that welcomes your special child. If your child has mild to moderate developmental, behavioral or medical challenges that could be accommodated by our program, please apply and let us help your child experience the joys of summer camp!

Parents of Campers Page


Thank you for your interest in incorporating SummerAde within your camp program!  Since 2008, SummerAde has paired high school volunteers with children with special needs at various day camps throughout Marin County.   We are delighted to help camps provide an inclusive environment benefiting all their campers, staff and community.  Feel free to contact us with questions.  Parents are encouraged to contact us to learn about which camps might be most appropriate for their child.

Camps Page


Uniformly heralded as a wonderful program for all, SummerAde has been in the press.  Read more about our history and intimate stories of special needs children often successfully attending camp for the first time.  See photos of our SummerAde participants in action.

Press & Photos

Don't Take Our Word For It

See what others are saying about us

  • Our Teen Mentor was able to cull an immediate connection with my daughter by engaging her in a genuine manner and treating her with respect.  She showed an abundance of patience and flexibility as well as physical stamina to keep up with my daughter during those long hot days.  This couldn’t have made me feel more at ease. 
    I applaud SummerAde for their commitment to finding, training and sharing these amazing young adults with us!  What these experiences and connections bring to ALL involved is beyond measure and will only go towards making this a better community/world for people of all abilities!
    Mother SummerAde camper, 2014
  • SummerAde has been an incredible resource for our two Edventure More camps, Camp Edmo and Camp EdTech. Thanks to SummerAde we’ve been able to easily integrate children with special needs into our camps. The volunteers are exceptional. They are so attentive, responsible and have obviously been well recruited and trained. The program has helped us foster an inclusive environment and increase the social/emotional development of all our campers. It’s a true gift to these kids, their families and to our entire camp. An inspirational program!

    Eduardo Caballero Executive Director and Co-Founder of Edventure More
  • Oliver probably had the most fun, least stressful, most appropriate summer experience of his life!

    Mother SummerAde camper, 2011

SummerAde Supporters

SummerAde offers all of it’s services free of charge and will continue to do so because of it’s amazing supporters. We are grateful for your support now and in the future.

Individual Donors

Business Sponsors