Asthma Adventure Camp
(New name...Same great program!)
(July 27-August 2, 2008)
Imagine the inability to participate in sports or summer camp activities. Many asthmatic children are faced with this reality. Through close medical supervision, Asthma Adventure Camp allows asthmatic children an opportunity to experience hiking, canoeing, swimming and field games.
NOT JUST A REGULAR CAMP
For over a quarter century, Asthma Adventure Camp has provided children with asthma an opportunity to experience camping activities they may otherwise be denied due to their condition. It was designed specifically for children with asthma. Through educational activities, campers learn to understand and manage their illness while improving their self-esteem.
Our week-long camp provides an opportunity for both the child and family to work collaboratively in addressing issues surrounding asthma management.
Counselors and medical staff continue to reinforce the objectives of the American Lung Association Education Programs:
- To improve the physical condition and psychological outlook of the child with asthma.
- To educate the parent, child, and community about asthma and how to deal with it.
- To improve self-management skills.
Staff includes over 60 volunteers, including physicians, registered respiratory therapists, registered nurses and trained counselors.
Asthma Adventure Camp is staffed 24 hours a day by physicians, registered nurses and registered respiratory therapist, in order to meet the special needs of the campers. Campers are evaluated by their assigned nurse a minimum of four times a day. In addition, their peak flow is monitored at least twice a day.
Trained counselors, assisted by medical staff, supervise the children and encourage participation in a variety of activities, such as swimming, canoeing, nature hikes, field games and arts and crafts. In addition to traditional camping activities, children attend educational sessions, during which they learn asthma management techniques.