Independent Living Skills Boot Camp

New Summer Camp, Ages 14 to Young Adult in Santa Barbara and Thousand Oaks

Offers a unique summer camp experience featuring independent living skills in natural environments. Campers engage in meaningful, real-life experiences while having fun with peer mentors. Campers will learn about:

  • Community resources
  • Menu Planning
  • Cooking
  • Meal Prep
  • Cleaning
  • Health & Hygiene
  • Public Transportation
  • Recreation
  • Shopping
  • Volunteerism

Experienced staff use evidence-based practices while supporting choice-making and interdependence. Input from campers and their families directly informs activities, and camper progress is measured via observations and questionnaires.

Eight one-week sessions, Monday - Friday, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

The first session starts the week of June 22, the final session is the week of August 14. Sign up for one week or several.

Each week-long session costs just $250 and teaches meaningful skills in community settings. This unique day camp features collaborative leadership from the fields of special education, recreation therapy, psychology, and rehabilitation counseling. For detailed questions, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or  310-853-0794

Camp is offered in Thousand Oaks in collaboration with CRPD Therapeutic Recreation and Santa Barbara in partnership with Santa Barbara Parks & Recreation and the Down Syndrome Association of Santa Barbara County.


Register for specific weeks at: 

or call 805-564-5421. 


Register for specific weeks at:

or call 805-381-2735.

Special Olympics World Games Open in July

Every two years, Special Olympics athletes come together to compete at the Special Olympics World Games. Over 7,000 athletes from around the world will gather in Los Angeles this summer to show the true meaning of courage, joy, and determination. Athletes will be competing in a variety of different sports at venues throughout Los Angeles. Games will feature competitions in aquatics, gymnastics, track and field, basketball, football (soccer) and many other summer sports. Around 500,000 spectators are expected to attend this year’s World Games. The games commence on July 25, 2015 and all competition is free to attend. Learn more about the 2015 Special Olympics World Games here.

TCRC communities have stepped up as “Host Towns” for the games in San Luis Obispo, Santa Maria, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Oxnard, Camarillo, Thousand Oaks and Simi Valley. Check out this Host Town web page and video. About 30,000 World volunteers are needed to support the Host Towns and athletes in creating a memorable and unique experience. Regardless of skills or background, there are volunteer opportunities for individuals or groups. Learn more about volunteering for the Special Olympics World Games here.

Other ways to support the games include fundraising, corporate sponsorship, donating to a Host Town, being a "Fan in the Stands", or a team captain.  Click here for more information about how to get involved. Join us this summer in supporting and celebrating our Special Olympics athletes!! 






Town Hall Meetings

*Meeting start times vary, contact the local office for times.

January 14, 2015 - San Luis Obispo
March 11, 2015 - Santa Barbara
May 27, 2015 - Simi Valley
July 15, 2015 - Santa Maria
September 23, 2015 - Oxnard
October 14, 2015 - Atascadero

Omar Noorzad, Ph.D., Executive Director and the Directors’ Group of Tri-Counties Regional Center will be hosting the town hall public forums.

This time is set aside to answer questions and get acquainted with persons receiving services, family members, service providers and other community partners.  Please join us and bring your questions! For more information, please feel free to contact our office at: 805-844-7215


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