JA Family Camp 

True to the name, our family camps are fun experiences for the whole family. Come and enjoy the many amazing activities planned for the kids AND for you!

Overview

We are excited you’re considering signing up for a JA family camp! We recognize that juvenile arthritis affects the whole family unit and each member deserves time for rejuvenation and support from others who “get it”. Our family camps are an overnight camping experience and activities are provided for children with arthritis, their siblings, and their parents/guardians.  

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. 

Camp Activities 

Activities vary by camp, but they traditionally include summer activities like arts and crafts, swimming, high and low ropes courses, drama, improv, games and especially campfires! Special education tracks and networking opportunities for families may be available as well so be sure to inquire about your specific needs. All of the activities are a blast and offered in a fun, casual, low-pressure environment. 

Camp Goals 

The best part about family camp is the opportunity to meet other families going through similar challenges, share stories, learn, and make enjoyable memories together.  
Everything we do at family camp is done with the intent that all participating families will: 

  • Gain a greater understanding of the juvenile arthritis diagnosis and treatment  

  • Develop peer-to-peer support 

  • Increase independence and self-confidence 

  • Discover new skills and interests 

  • Develop the skills they need to be leaders, advocates, and champions in their everyday lives 

What to expect

  • Our family camps are fun experiences for the whole family—kids with arthritis and related rheumatic diseases, parents, and even siblings are invited. 

  • Many of our counselors and volunteers, who live with juvenile arthritis and other childhood rheumatic diseases themselves, serve as positive role models for your children at camp. 

  • We have a variety of unique activities customized for the kids AND for the entire family unit.

  • Your family member troubled with arthritis will connect with others who also live with childhood rheumatic disease, and their siblings will grow to understand that they’re not alone in their particular journey either. 

  • Our camps focus on growth, in unexpected and wonderful ways.  

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JA Camp Volunteer Opportunities

Learn about volunteer opportunities for the Arthritis Foundation’s Juvenile Arthritis Resident Camps, which provide fun experiences for children diagnosed with JA to learn and grow alongside other children touched by Juvenile Arthritis.

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  • Donate

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    Every gift to the Arthritis Foundation will help people with arthritis across the U.S. live their best life.

  • Volunteer

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    Join us and become a Champion of Yes. There are many volunteer opportunities available.

  • Live Yes! INSIGHTS

    Live Yes! INSIGHTS

    Take part to be among those changing lives today and changing the future of arthritis.

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    Proud Partners of the Arthritis Foundation make an annual commitment to directly support the Foundation’s mission.

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Make a Donation

Help millions of people live with less pain and fund groundbreaking research to discover a cure for this devastating disease. Please, make your urgently-needed donation to the Arthritis Foundation now!

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Become an Arthritis Foundation member today for just $20. You'll receive a year's worth of Arthritis Today magazine, access to helpful tools, resources, and more.

Make a Honor or Memorial Gift

Honor a loved one with a meaningful donation to the Arthritis Foundation. We'll send a handwritten card to the honoree or their family notifying them of your thoughtful gift.

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Volunteer Opportunities

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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Give Just 10 Minutes.

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:

- Lead to more effective treatments and outcomes
- Develop programs to meet the needs of you and your community
- Shape a powerful agenda that fights for you

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. 


How are you changing the future?

By sharing your experience, you’re showing decision-makers the realities of living with arthritis, paving the way for change. You’re helping break down barriers to care, inform research and create resources that make a difference in people’s lives, including your own.

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Meet Our Partners

As a partner, you will help the Arthritis Foundation provide life-changing resources, science, advocacy and community connections for people with arthritis, the nations leading cause of disability. Join us today and help lead the way as a Champion of Yes.

Trailblazer

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

Visionary

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.

Pioneer

Our Pioneers are always ready to explore and find new weapons in the fight against arthritis. They contribute $1,000,000 to $1,499,999.

Pacesetter

Our Pacesetters ensure that we can chart the course for a cure for those who live with arthritis. They contribute $500,000 to $999,000.

Signature

Our Signature partners make their mark by helping us identify new and meaningful resources for people with arthritis. They contribute $250,000 to $499,999.

Supporting

Our Supporting partners are active champions who provide encouragement and assistance to the arthritis community. They contribute $100,000 to $249,999.

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