We are excited you’re considering signing up for a JA family camp! Our family camps are designed to bring out the same silliness, fun and support that we see at our resident camp programs and the National Juvenile Arthritis Conference. We recognize that arthritis affects the whole family unit, and the entire family deserves time for rejuvenation and support from others who “get it”.
We want to assist you in preparing for a wonderful experience. Getting ready for camp is an important part of the overall camp experience. This preparation time is an opportunity to build excitement for camp and answer any questions you may have.
Activities vary by camp. They may include traditional summer camp activities such as arts and crafts, swimming, high and low ropes course, drama, improv, games and even a campfire! Special education tracks and networking opportunities for families may be offered as well. All of the activities are a blast and are offered in a fun, casual, low-pressure environment.
Family camp offers a chance to meet other families going through similar challenges, share stories, learn, and make fun memories together.
Everything we do at family camp is done intentionally, and for the benefit of kids with juvenile arthritis and related rheumatic diseases and their families. It is our hope that at camp, all families will:
"At KAT-FISH Camp, we are just like everyone else. The other families have the same struggles so our needs are addressed without concern. The kids had a fabulous time, meeting new friends and learning more about arthritis. My husband and I also got to connect with other families and parents... Arthritis has brought many things into our life, some we'd sooner live without, but others, we treasure- like friendships made at KAT-FISH Camp and other events and opportunities to become an advocate for research and funding. Isabel's experience at KAT-FISH functions and Arthritis Foundation events has helped to empower her to face arthritis with grace and to be tenacious about helping to find a cure."
"My first year [at family camp] was definitely eye-opening. I had never met anyone else who had JA so seeing everyone was a pivotal moment in my life... When I found this community of people who not only supported me but also were experiencing the same things as I was it gave me some peace. Feeling alone was no longer a problem and it took me from a place of being a victim to a position where I could use my voice to support the cause."