Camp Aldersgate provides barrier-free experiences for individuals with special needs. Our services are an essential part of the continuum of care for the quality of life of individuals with special needs and their families and caregivers. These outdoors experiences empower campers by celebrating them, respecting them and engaging them at a place and in activities built just for them. Camp Aldersgate has served thousands of campers for over 75 years and remains dedicated to continuing this important work.
Camp Aldersgate creates life-changing experiences for individuals with special needs.
Inspiring a barrier-free future.
Love and acceptance • Inclusion • Collaboration • Excellence • Innovation
Our History & Services
Camp Aldersgate has a rich history that began in 1947 with its dedication. Over 75 years ago, a group of women from the Little Rock Methodist Council purchased the land, which was originally a turkey farm. The 100+ acres would be used for interracial fellowship, church meetings and a variety of programming for youth and senior citizens.
In 1971, Dr. Kelsy Caplinger, a well-known physician, organized the first summer medical camp for 12 children who had asthma. This program has greatly expanded since then in partnership with Med Camps, Inc. of Arkansas. These summer camps are the heart of our program today and serve a variety of special needs and diagnoses including muscular dystrophy, spina bifida, diabetes, cardiac conditions, arthritis, kidney conditions, asthma, cancer, and bleeding disorders. In addition to these medical diagnosis specific camps, we offer Kota Camps, which allow children of all abilities to bring a friend or sibling to participate in a week-long camp session.
While summer camp is at the core of our services, we also offer year-round programming including Weekend Camps in the spring and fall. With the continued support of our surrounding communities, businesses and friends, we are able to provide the best possible atmosphere, equipment and facilities for our campers.
Camp Aldersgate is one of eight camps in Arkansas accredited by the American Camp Association, and it continues to be the only accredited camp in Arkansas designed for children with special needs.