JA Camps

Teen Retreat Parents

We are excited you’re considering sending your child to a JA teen retreat! We want to assist you in preparing your teen for a wonderful experience. Getting ready for camp is an important part of your teen’s overall camp experience. This preparation time is an opportunity to build excitement for camp and answer questions you may have.

We hope teen retreat will open your child’s eyes to a whole new world. They will get to try new activities, learn transition tools and meet new friends.

What to expect when you send your child to teen retreat:

  • Our juvenile arthritis teen retreats are medically supervised by pediatric rheumatologists, rheumatology nurses 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 teen day and night.
  • Your teen will grow while at camp, in unexpected and wonderful ways.
  • Your teen will try some different, amazing activities.
  • Your teen will learn tools and resources to help them transition into adulthood.

Camp Activities

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 Teen Retreat

Everything we do at camp is done intentionally, and for the benefit of teens 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.