Summer Sessions, Fall Weekends Coming Up at Camp for Kids With Serious Illnesses

Enrichment - The Painted Turtle camp

At The Painted Turtle camps, kids with serious medical conditions get a true summer-camp experience. PHOTO COURTESY THE PAINTED TURTLE

There are still a few summer sessions left at The Painted Turtle, which provides a year-round, life-changing environment full of enrichment and authentic camp experience for children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses. The Painted Turtle supports children’s medical needs, inspires them to reach beyond their illnesses, and provides care, education and respite for their families.

There will be a session for campers with liver disease and transplants, primary immune deficiency diseases, total parenteral nutrition, and IBD July 26-30; a session for rheumatic diseases and IBD Aug. 4-9; and a session for siblings Aug. 13-17. After that, the camp will host Fall Family Weekends throughout September and October. All campers and families attend completely free of charge.

In addition to the above-mentioned conditions, the 173-acre camp and state-of-the-art medical facility located in Lake Hughes serves children with severe asthma and allergies, severe burns, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, gastrointestinal tube feeding, hemophilia, kidney disease, lupus, genetic disorders, metabolic conditions, Mucopolysaccharidosis, neuromuscular disorders, paraplegia, rheumatic diseases, skeletal dysplasia (dwarfism), spina bifida, thalassemia and von Willebrand disease.

Accredited by the American Camp Association, The Painted Turtle has served more than 36,000 children and family members through on-site camp sessions and hospital outreach programs since 2004. The camp’s programs are designed to empower campers ages 6-17 with serious medical conditions, helping them develop the confidence, courage, and strength needed to increase their chances for more positive medical and daily outcomes.

All camp sessions are medical condition-specific, and each session holds up to 120 campers. The camps offer aquatics and equestrian programs, fishing, music and performing arts, archery, arts and crafts, boating, gym and rock climbing programs, ropes courses, team building and woodshop. All recreational programs and facilities are universally accessible to campers with medical conditions and disabilities and are used year-round.

Learn more at www.thepaintedturtle.org.

 

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