About the Campers & Staff

Our talented and creative program staff offers a wide variety of activities, with special care given to include every child. A day at Elks Camp Moore might include hiking up the nature trail, cooling off in the spray park, tye-dying, playing basketball, relaxing in the multisensory room, painting in
arts and crafts, relay races in the pool, or rehearsing for Saturday’s big finale concert. After dinner, the entire camp gathers together for special programs including talent contests, scavenger hunts, carnivals, and dances – the possibilities are endless.

Elks Camp Moore accepts children with disabilities who are between the ages of 7 and 18, as well as young adult week (ages 19-21) and spring/fall respite weekends. There are 600-700 camperships provided each summer. Each child must be sponsored by their local Elks Lodge with the full cost of attendance paid by the lodge. The children attend at no cost to their families. An application for Elks Camp Moore can be obtained through a local Elks Lodge’s Special Children’s Committee Chairperson. The committee’s state office can also be contacted for help in finding the nearest lodge.

The director of the camp is selected based on experience and certifications associated with special education and special needs camps. The counseling and support staff are hired by the director from the United States and other countries around the world. Over 27 countries have been represented at Elks Camp Moore over the years. The staff is fully trained before camp with ongoing training throughout the season. A large majority of the staff returns from previous years and are therefore very familiar with the campers and camp life in general. The ratio of campers to counselors is usually 2:1 or 1:1. Medications and emergency treatments are handled by a qualified nursing staff. Local doctor and hospital services are available when needed. Please note that any medication brought from home must be in prescription bottles with labels. Be sure to bring enough for the full stay, with a few extra as accidents do occasionally happen. All food is prepared by an experienced cook and kitchen staff. Special diets can be accommodated when necessary.