Camp Puff 'n Stuff
June 20-24, 2011
Photo taken by Joan Perry
NOT JUST A REGULAR CAMP
Imagine the inability to participate in sports or summer camp activities. Many asthmatic children are faced with this reality. Under close medical supervision, Camp Puff 'n Stuff allows asthmatic children to experience life to the max.
For over a quarter century, Camp Puff 'n Stuff 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 the children to work on addressing issues surrounding asthma management. Asthma is the number one reason why children are hospitalized in South Carolina and a main cause of school absenteeism. Our goal is to keep these children out of the emergency room and in the classroom.
Counselors and medical staff continue to reinforce the objectives of the American Lung Association's Educational 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.
Our staff includes over 20 volunteers, including physicians, registered respiratory therapists, registered nurses, and counselors.
Camp Puff 'n Stuff is staffed 24 hours a day by registered nurses in order to meet the special needs of the campers. Campers are evaluated several times a day. In addition, their peak flow is monitored at least twice a day. A physician also comes by each morning to check on all children.
Camp counselors, assisted by medical staff, supervise the children and encourage participation in a variety of activities, such as swimming, field games, and arts and crafts. In addition to traditional camping activities, children attend educational sessions, during which they learn asthma management techniques. The campers also participate in field trips to area attractions such as Splash Zone, the Children's Museum of the Lowcountry, and Charles Towne Landing.