CHAMP Camp 2018 dates are set for June 17-21 at Bradford Woods in Martinsville, IN, and applications are now available here at this link: app.campdoc.com/register/champcamp/camper . Applications are due March 1st! If you are a first time applicant, please read through all of the information on this page, and feel free to contact us with any questions that you might have. We look forward to our 28th summer of CHAMP Camp where we have the opportunity to watch our campers gain independence and self-confidence, create unforgettable memories, and experience the wonder and the beauty of the outdoors.
CHAMP Camp provides a week-long, summer camp experience for children and adolescents with tracheostomies and those who require technological respiratory assistance. Our campers enjoy and fully participate in outdoor summer camp activities including zip lining, swimming, canoeing and climbing that encourage independence, confidence, and self-esteem to create memories that last a lifetime.
CHAMP Camp programs are rich in recreational activities. We feel a tremendous responsibility to create an atmosphere in which kids can thrive. In spite of a high ratio of counselors to campers, we don’t hover. Rather, we create an environment for kids to go to the limits which they are physically and medically able. It is an environment in which no child sits on the sidelines or has to worry about being different. As caring, skillful adults facilitate a variety of activities, we are also able to assess, monitor, prevent and respond to vulnerable medical conditions.
Each year, our campers rotate among a variety of activities in their trail groups including creative arts, swimming, climbing, archery, canoeing, fishing, pontooning and more.
- Camper must have a signed medical statement from a primary care or specialty physician indicating that camper is medically stable.
- Camper must be at least six years of age and may attend the camp directly following the camper’s 18th birthday.
- Camper’s developmental level, regardless of chronological age, must meet cognitive and social milestones consistent with or greater than that of a six year old.
- Camper has a well-established communication system, verbal or augmentative, which allows for effective peer and counselor interaction.
- Camper has respiratory needs requiring one of the following: tracheostomy, ventilator, BiPAP, CPAP or oxygen dependency due to primary lung disease.
- Camper has stable oxygen requirements.
- Camper has respiratory treatments (aerosols, MDI, CPT) no more frequent than every eight hours.
- Campers requiring tube feedings should have a stable feeding regimen either with bolus feedings (no more than five times per day) or administered by a feeding pump.
CHAMP Camp may perform an on-site assessment of any potential camper to ensure the child’s safety and appropriateness for participation at CHAMP Camp. Camp Directors reserve the right to exercise discretion regarding the appropriateness of any camper.
What to Expect
As a potential camper, we understand that you might be wondering what your week at CHAMP Camp will look like. Here are some common questions that other kids have asked us prior to attending camp. We hope this gives you a better idea of who CHAMP Camp is and what you can look forward to as a camper.
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