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Camp Oasis

Camp Oasis

Overnight Camp | Specialty Camp

The Camp Oasis program is so valuable because it offers children and teenagers living with IBD the opportunity to interact, often for the first time, with others in their age group who live with these chronic diseases. Youth learn to live independently. This skill and the self-esteem it fosters is carried with them as they return to their families and communities. Parents are assured that their children will have their medical and psychological needs met. Each site is staffed with a team of doctors, nurses, and mental health specialists as well as trained counselors. Pediatric gastroenterologists often volunteer at Camp Oasis where some of their own patients attend. Perhaps most importantly, children experience the simple joys of childhood which too often are denied because they are sick, in the hospital, or overwhelmed by the emotional and psychological side effects of and illness this severe.

A logical model, developed by the Foundation’s Camp Task Force in 2004, guides camp operations and provides a detailed process for evaluating camp success. Examples of measured short term outcomes include safety, camper enjoyment, new friendship development, and trying new activities. Long –term outcomes include but are not limited to campers being more self-confident, self reliant, developing new strategies for managing and living with their disease, and feeling more comfortable talking about their diagnosis and symptoms. Age, gender and camp location are also evaluated within each outcome category. The Foundation uses comprehensive assessment process linked directly to the logic model outcomes, including post-camp on-line surveys of campers, parents and volunteers. Additionally, representatives from the National office conduct site visits which provide feedback, used in collaboration with post-camp reports from those working at the camps to provide long-term planning.

Testimonials

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“As we expected camp has been WONDERFUL. The genuine smile on (my daughter’s) face in the pictures I took at drop off and the ones the counselors are sending me are testament to what an amazing thing you are doing. Thank you so very, very much! ”

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“I can see what other kids have gone through and how they survived. It helps me get through & conquer. We are all survivors. That’s a gift.”

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“When I'm at camp, I feel like a normal kid. Some kids don't get to go outside because our parents are just working too much and too hard. At home, I'm just watching movies all day. I don't want to get too old to come to Wildwood.”

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“Without the support of Camps for Kids and the matching fund, CHD Families would be unable to provide a free medically supervised summer camp for kids with Congenital Heart Defects.”

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“I look back on the struggle of my childhood and one of the most important and best childhood memories I have include the time spent at camp with the amazing men and women who treated me like I was normal despite my struggle”

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