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.
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