Trying new things, developing social skills, building character, and fostering independence are all good reasons to send your child to camp.
For kids with Epidermolysis Bullosa, most importantly, it's a chance for them to make friends with others who have EB while having the time of their lives!
debra of America's resource page on camps provides parents with the information they need to stay informed and learn about the places where children and teens with EB are given the opportunity to experience camp safely. Camp Discovery, Camp Spirit, and Camp Wonder are three of these treasures.
The American Academy of Dermatology's (AAD) Camp Discovery program is for children ages 8-16 who have a chronic skin disease. Under the expert care of dermatologists and nurses, Camp Discovery gives campers the opportunity to spend a week with other young people with skin conditions having fun and participating in activities such as swimming, horseback riding, arts & crafts, and many more.
There is no fee to attend this camp. All costs, including transportation, are provided by the AAD through generous donations from its members, outside organizations and individuals. All campers must be initially referred by their dermatologist.
The Academy offers five camping sessions annually from June through August.
2020 Camp Discovery Dates:
- Minnesota, June 21-26
- Minnesota, July 5-10
- Texas, August 2-7
- Connecticut, August 9-15
- Pennsylvania, August 15-21
- Washington, August 24-28
For more information about attending, volunteering, or donating, please visit Camp Discovery’s website or contact Janine Mueller at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Camp Spirit is a Colorado Winter Adventure Camp for children ages 9-18 with Recessive Dystrophic EB (RDEB). It was founded in 2008 to allow children with RDEB the opportunity to enjoy winter activities in a safe environment. It is located in Granby at the YMCA of the Rockies/Snow Mountain Ranch, in the beautiful Colorado Mountains.
Camp Spirit is Free to Participants. The camp is funded through the Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation, EB Family Assistance Fund. There are also scholarships available for airfare when needed by the campers.
Activities include skiing on bi-skis; dog sled ride, snowmobiling, learning meditation techniques, crafts, games, sleigh ride and marshmallow roasts, music, and making new and lasting friendships!
Camp Spirit will be held Saturday, February 22 – Thursday, February 27, 2020 at Granby/Winter Park Colorado. For more information, please visit Camp Spirit’s website.
The Children's Skin Disease Foundation's Camp Wonder is dedicated to providing a safe and nurturing environment to children ages 7-16 living with a skin disease. Campers can spend time in the sun without judgments and forge lasting friendships with peers who share similar experiences.
Camp Wonder gives campers the opportunity to play sports, go swimming, climb a rock wall, do arts and crafts, go to the "prom" - activities children with skin diseases may not be able to otherwise experience due to discomfort, pain, disfigurement, disability or shame.
Camp Wonder is free of charge. All costs are covered, including round-trip transportation. Give your child a week-long opportunity to be a camper and create memories that will last a lifetime. Take this time to start the application process for Camp Wonder. Space is limited.