Adaptive Programs at Bretton Woods


We are excited to introduce Bretton Woods Adaptive: An integrated outdoor adventure and day camp program that provides outdoor adventure and traditional day camp to children of all abilities and learning needs. 

There are three programs within Bretton Woods Adaptive: 
Summer Adventure Camp for Children 8-16, Summer day camp for children 6 to 15 and One on One Guided Adventures for Children of all ages all year. 

Bretton Adaptive was created by David Ritter Director of team building & Outdoor education at Bretton Woods and Christine Sproat, Occupational Therapist and Owner of Canyon Kids Pediatric Occupational Therapy Services in Bethesda, MD. 

Registration for New Families

Only After screening and forms review will campers be confirmed for their sessions.


The Adaptive Summer Adventure and day Camps integrates 1-3 campers with special learning, sensory, social or motor needs into Bretton Woods’ Adventure Camp Program. The small group of campers will have their own trained staff and volunteers and will function as small group within the adventure camp and with a traditional group of similarly aged campers. The adaptive camp staff under the guidance of Christine and Dave will modify activities to meet the abilities of the campers. Adaptive staff will provide structure during down time like transitions, wait time during activities and help foster positive social interaction with peers during games or exploration. This program is very flexible and designed for campers who are able to integrate into a group of peers, but who might need support with sensory motor, self-regulation, social or motor planning needs.

For those campers who benefit from more structure and support, we offer a one on one camp experience with our adaptive staff. This is a more specialized program to integrate the camper into adventure & day camp daily with more accommodations. This program is very flexible and designed to accept campers who are in a self-contained classroom, who might have more significant communication, sensory motor, self-regulation, gross and fine motor needs. 

Sample adventure Camp Daily Schedule: Rope Course Day

  • 9:30 Morning Group Plan
  • 9:45 Low Ropes Warm Up
  • 10:30 Snack
  • 11:00 Giant Swing and Forest Games
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 1:15 Zipline and Forest Games
  • 3:00 Pool
  • 4:15 Closing Meeting
  • 4:30 Parent Pick Up

Sample day camp Daily schedule

  • 9:30 morning group plan
  • 10:00 swim lessons
  • 11:30 sports field games arts and crafts
  • 12:30 lunch
  • 1:15 field games arts crafts, creek
  • 3:00 free swim
  • 4:00 snack
  • 4:30 pick up

Bretton Woods Adaptive also offers One on One Guided Adventures year-round. These outings will be designed by Christine Sproat and Dave Ritter and run by trained outdoor adventure staff who have experience working with children with special needs and running adventure activities. The outings can range from trail hiking, canoeing, ropes course, swimming and creek play or building a camp fire. Building go-karts, stand up paddle boarding, archery, kite building, and so much more.

Registration and to secure your camper’s sessions. You will be asked place a deposit that will be applied to the fees for camp or outings and is refundable. Fill out and submit all required forms. All new campers and one on one adventurers will need to participate in a 30-minute screening and skills assessment at Canyon Kids in Bethesda, MD. Screenings are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Only After screening and forms review will campers be confirmed for their sessions.

If you are interested in Bretton Adaptive Programs or have questions, please email David Ritter at or Christine Sproat at or contact us at 301 523 0902