JA Camps

The Arthritis Foundation’s JA camps give kids with arthritis and related childhood rheumatic diseases the chance to make lasting memories.

JA Camps

Helping Kids Say YES!

Arthritis Foundation camps are FUN, safe and secure for children and teens with juvenile arthritis and childhood rheumatic diseases. Campers make lifelong friends, gain a greater understanding of their own juvenile arthritis, increase independence and self-confidence, and discover new skills and interests. Our JA camps are medically supervised by health care professionals on site to tend to your child’s needs.

Helping Kids Say YES!
Vaccination Requirements
2023 In-Person JA Camp COVID-19 Policies

Vaccination Requirements

Our COVID vaccine requirements and related policies were developed in partnership with a panel of medical experts. They reviewed guidance on vaccines for immunocompromised patients from sources like the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Proof of full vaccination (including boosters) for all campers, volunteers, facility staff and Arthritis Foundation staff is required and must be provided during the application process to be accepted to the camp program. See the CDC guidance for vaccination recommendations by age and immune system status.

JA Camps Around the Country 

The following is a list of JA camps the Arthritis Foundation is hosting in 2023.  Final camp dates and registration information are coming soon! 

JA Camps Around the Country

CALIFORNIA

Camp Milagros
Livermore, CA 

Camp Esperanza
Mountain Center, CA
 

COLORADO

JA Camp
Deckers, CO

GEORGIA

Camp Ache Away
Lincolnton, GA

KANSAS/MISSOURI

Camp Joint Adventures
Lawson, MO  

MINNESOTA

Camp Sisu
Maple Lake, MN

PENNSYLVANIA/NEW JERSEY

Camp JRA|CHAT
Millville, PA

UTAH

Camp KODA
Park City, UT

WISCONSIN

Camp M.A.S.H.
Wisconsin Dells, WI

OTHER JA Camp Programs

NATIONAL VIRTUAL CAMP

Via ZOOM

WASHINGTON

KATFISH
Auburn, WA

NEW ENGLAND

Camp Dartmouth-Hitchcock
Fairlee, VT

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It gave him confidence taught him life skills and help him know he is not alone. He made new, lifelong friends.

Mom of a JA Camper
JA Camp FAQs for Families & Volunteers

Who will be staffing our camps?

Volunteer leadership at each camp will include a medical director (a pediatric rheumatologist or other qualified medical professional), a medical team, a mental health director (a licensed and experienced mental health professional) and a program director. Along with these volunteer leaders, a team of counselors and activity specialists (many of them now adults living with JA) will support campers during their week at camp. 
 
Each Arthritis Foundation JA camp will have a trained staff person on site, working with camp volunteer leadership. 
 

How can I volunteer for camp?

We encourage and welcome volunteers to apply for their desired volunteer position at the camp of their choice. If you can’t volunteer for an in-person camp session, apply to volunteer for our national
virtual camp. We strive to engage any volunteer who is interested in camp in some way.
Volunteer applications will open in early 2023. 

National Supporting Sponsors

Thank you to our 2022 National JA Camps sponsors for making this memorable experience possible.

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The Arthritis Foundation is focused on finding a cure and championing the fight against arthritis with life-changing information, advocacy, science and community. We can only achieve these goals with your help. Strong, outspoken and engaged volunteers will help us conquer arthritis. By getting involved, you become a leader in our organization and help make a difference in the lives of millions. Join us and become a Champion of Yes.

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Tell us what matters most to you. Change the future of arthritis.

By taking part in the Live Yes! INSIGHTS assessment, you’ll be among those changing lives today and changing the future of arthritis, for yourself and for 54 million others. And all it takes is just 10 minutes.

Your shared experiences will help:

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Now is the time to make your voice count, for yourself and the entire arthritis community. 

Currently this program is for the adult arthritis community.  Since the needs of the juvenile arthritis (JA) community are unique, we are currently working with experts to develop a customized experience for JA families. 

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Our Trailblazers are committed partners ready to lead the way, take action and fight for everyday victories. They contribute $2,000,000 to $2,749,000

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Our Visionary partners help us plan for a future that includes a cure for arthritis. These inspired and inventive champions have contributed $1,500,00 to $1,999,999.

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