Camp Claphans registration starts

Registration is under way for Camp ClapHans, a summer camp in Norman for kids with disabilities.
The camp is open to kids 8 to 20 and is an outreach program of the J.D. McCarty Center for children with developmental disabilities. Applications are due March 3.
Six camp sessions are offered this summer, and the sessions are from Sunday afternoon to Wednesday afternoon. The camp is located on the center's campus at 2002 E. Robinson St. in Norman and features two cabins and an activities building that are located next to an 11-acre lake.
Activities for campers include archery, arts and crafts, canoeing, fishing, horseback riding, talent shows and swimming.
This year marks the 10-year anniversary of the camp, and special activities will take place to celebrate the occasion.
Camp Director Bobbie Hunter said the camp offers exciting programs and the opportunity for kids to challenge themselves through new activities.
“Everyday kids are learning new skills, making new friends and developing self-confidence,” Hunter said.
Camp ClapHans also features a 1-to-1 staff to camper ratio, a registered dietitian to address dietary needs for campers and a physician and nurses available to assist with medical needs.
Camp staff members are typically university students who are working toward a degree in allied health-care fields, such as physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech-language pathology; special and general education; outdoor recreation; nutrition and other related fields.
The camp, which opened in 2013, serves kids from across the state. The camp is named in honor of Sammy Jack Claphan, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and an Oklahoma native. Claphan was a former University of Oklahoma and NFL football player who later became a special education teacher in Oklahoma.
For more information about camp, contact Hunter at 405-307-2865 or email

Camp sessions:
Week 1 — June 4-7
Week 2 — June 11-14
Week 3 — June 18-21
Week 4 — June 25-28
Week 5 — July 9-12
Week 6 — July 16-19

To register for camp, fill out the form in the catalog attached below.
The camp also hires staff for the summer sessions. To apply, click here


Camp Claphans crew and kids
Bobbie Hunter