At the North American Camping Conference of Hemophilia Organizations (NACCHO) held at the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel in Tempe, Arizona, February 5-8, participants followed one of five tracks pertaining to bleeding disorders camps for kids:
- Business and Operations Track
- Campers and parent Track
- Programs and Activities Track
- Staff and Leadership Track
- Medical Services Track
The conference—the only one of its kind--serves as the source for education and information on summer camps for children with bleeding disorders. It is the place for chapter and hemophilia treatment center (HTC) staff, counselors, camp committee members and even fundraisers to congregate to share resources and ideas to help other programs improve the camping experience for all children. This year pre-conference sessions for camp directors were on best practices, training staff and managing a camp, with information on funding, administration and supervision.
This year the Camp Fair Awards for best Camp Fair Exhibit were given to: 1st place to Camp Tapiwingo (OR); 2nd place to Camp Ray of Hope (Romania); 3rd place to Camp High Hopes (NY). The NACCHO Cup was awarded to: 1st place, Camp Ray of Hope (Romania): 2nd place to Camp Hot-to-Clot (PA); 3rd place to Camp Bold Eagle (MI).
NACCHO is organized by the Arizona Hemophilia Association in Phoenix and funded by a grant from Wyeth Pharmaceuticals.