We are excited you’re considering sending your child to a JA camp! We want to assist you in preparing your child for a wonderful experience. Getting ready for camp is an important part of your child’s overall camp experience. This preparation time is an opportunity to build excitement for camp and answer questions you may have.
We hope camp will open your child’s eyes to a whole new world. They will get to try new activities, learn how to manage their juvenile arthritis and meet new friends. It’s the one place where a child doesn’t have to explain what it’s like living with arthritis, because everyone knows. Attending a family camp? Learn more here.
What to expect when you send your child to camp:
- Our juvenile arthritis resident camps are medically supervised by pediatric rheumatologists, rheumatology nurses, mental health professionals or other healthcare professionals who are available on-site, 24 hours a day.
- Counselors, who often times live with juvenile arthritis and other childhood rheumatic diseases themselves, will look after your child day and night
- Your child will grow while at camp, in unexpected and wonderful ways.
- Your child will try some different, amazing activities.
- Your child will make lifelong friends who also live with childhood rheumatic disease.
Activities vary by camp and age - some activities may include swimming, high and low ropes course, arts and crafts, fishing and more! Activities may even include things like a campfire or a dance. All the activities are a blast!
Goals of Camp
Everything we do at camp is done intentionally, and for the benefit of kids with juvenile arthritis and other childhood rheumatic disease. It is our hope that at camp, campers will:
- Gain a greater understanding of their own 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.
"We are truly thankful to the Arthritis Foundation for the opportunity Rhiannon had by going to camp. It has changed her life forever."