Resident Camp Families
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.
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.
- Counselors or other volunteers, who often times live with juvenile arthritis and other childhood rheumatic diseases themselves, will serve as positive role models for your children at camp.
- Your kids will try some different, amazing activities and so will YOU!
- Your child with arthritis will connect with others who also live with childhood rheumatic disease. Siblings will understand that they’re not alone in this journey either.
- Your family will grow while at camp, in unexpected and wonderful ways.
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.
Goals of Camp
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:
- 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