Welcome to Camp ClapHans!
A Residential Summer Camp for Children with Disabilities
The camp is for kids ages 8 to 18 and is an outreach project of the J.D. McCarty Center for children with developmental disabilities.
The camp is located on the hospital's campus at 2002 E. Robinson St. in Norman. It features two cabins, an activities building and an 11-acre lake.
Camp activities include horseback riding, archery, arts and crafts, swimming, scavenger hunts, fishing and canoeing. Other activities include talent shows, dance parties and stargazing.
Also, campers get to visit a local water park during their last day at camp.
Cost and schedule:
We offer camp sessions that consist of four days and three nights. The cost to attend a session is $325. Scholarships are available to families who qualify.
Each camp session begins Sunday afternoon and ends on Wednesday afternoon. Campers sleep in a large, wheelchair-accessible, climate- controlled cabin, shared by other campers and counselors. Each camper is assigned to a counselor for the week. Campers' medical needs are overseen by onsite nurses. A physician is also available if there is a need.
Camp sessions are limited to 12 campers, six males and six females divided into two cabins.
Camp ClapHans opened in 2013. The camp is named in honor of the late Sammy Jack Claphan, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and an Oklahoma native.
Claphan played football at the University of Oklahoma and graduated with a degree in special education. He later played in the NFL for the Cleveland Browns and the San Diego Chargers.
After retiring from the NFL, he returned to Oklahoma and became a special education teacher. He died in 2001.