JA Summer Camps

Where kids get to be kids

A place, a community, and an adventure for children diagnosed with juvenile arthritis and other rheumatic diseases.

For many kids with juvenile arthritis (JA), attending summer camp with other young people who have JA can be life changing. Arthritis Foundation summer camps provide a safe and secure camp experience for children and teens with juvenile arthritis and childhood rheumatic diseases. Campers have fun and make new friends while gaining a greater understanding of their own juvenile arthritis and increasing their independence and self-confidence. Our camps, based in upstate New York, New Jersey, Vermont, and eastern Pennsylvania are medically supervised with health care professionals on-site to tend to campers’ needs.

July 9-14Double H Camp is located in Lake Luzerne, NY, at the Double H Ranch. Double H Camp welcomes campers ages 6-16.  
Contact: Aicha Diallo-Bennett at (212) 984-8713, or adiallobennett@arthritis.org for applications and information.

July 17-22:  Camp JRA is held at CAMP Victory in Millville, PA, approximately 10 miles from Bloomsburg, PA.  Camp JRA welcomes campers age 8-18. Click on the following links to download the appropriate applications:
Contact: Sulianie Mertus at (267) 238-9724, smertus@arthritis.org, or click here for an application.

July 24-29:  Camp CHAT is located in Hackettstown, NJ, in association with the Easter Seals Camp, Camp Merry Heart.  Camp CHAT welcomes campers ages 8-17
Contact: Peggy Lotkowictz at (856) 673-1365, email CampCHAT@arthritis.org or click here for an application.

August 14-20: Camp Dartmouth-Hitchcock (Camp D-H) is located at the Hulbert Outdoor Center on Lake Morley in Fairlee, VT.
Contact: Margaret Duffy at (603) 724-6079, mduffy@arthritis.org

Campers must receive medical clearance by their physician prior to attending any of the camps. Costs for each camp vary; some are free.  Scholarships are available for others. Camp slots fill quickly so be sure to register early.  To learn about scholarships, contact the staff member listed next to each camp.

Special thanks for National Sponsor:

for its generious support of 2016 JA camps across the country

and to our regional donors:

The Hummingbird Foundation

Charles and Mildred Schnurmacher Foundation