The National Hemophilia Foundation (NHF) provides a handy summer camp directory at its Web site. The camps vary, meeting many different needs. There are camps for youngsters with bleeding disorders, some that invite siblings to participate and others that are just for families.
The camps educate youngsters about infusion, while providing fun recreational activities in an environment of mutual support and encouragement. For some campers, this is their first opportunity to get away from home, try a new sport or share concerns with others who have bleeding disorders. For families, the camps provide a much-needed break from the daily routine. Parents and children enjoy time together and time apart. All provide a safe environment with a medical team or Hemophilia Treatment Center staff on hand 24 hours a day.
The camps offer everything from archery to fine arts, horseback riding and water sports. Many camps encourage team-building activities, such as ropes courses, that require cooperation and trust. Others provide counselor-in-training programs, preparing the next generation of camp counselors. The fee for most camps is nominal and many offer scholarships.
For more information, contact Sonia Roger, Education Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org or 212.328.3724, or visit the NHF Camp Directory page at www.hemophilia.org/campdirectory.