Camps

Camp Needles in the Pines

This is a one-week residential experience for children with Type I diabetes, ages 8 to 14. Activities include swimming, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, archery, crafts, rifle range, tenting, education and support to develop improved self-care skills for the camper's diabetes care. The camp is located at Camp Boddie Boy Scout Camp at Blounts Creek, NC. The cost is $250. Full and partial scholarships are available.

Insulin, meters and strips are provided. If you take any medications other than insulin you will need to bring it with you. If you wear an insulin pump you will need to bring your pump supplies with you. The medical staff members are volunteers from regional hospitals, schools and universities as well as community members with diabetes. If you are a health care professional interested in volunteering, please contact Lynne Braxton at braxtonc@ecu.edu.

Camp Coast (Helping Kids Control Their Asthma)

Camp Coast is sponsored by the Vidant Medical Center Pediatric Asthma Program and Children's Miracle Network. Day camps and weekend retreats are offered throughout the year. Day camps are held in the region in different areas such as schools and wellness centers.

Camp Coast offers a weekend retreat held in the fall for children ages 7 through 17 with asthma. Parents attend with the children. During the retreat, families have a chance to enjoy the experiences of camp such as canoeing, archery, swimming and other recreational activities. Asthma education sessions are provided to help families better understand and control asthma. Medication observations are done to make sure children know the proper way to use asthma medications. Volunteer physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists and other professionals provide medical coverage. Round trip transportation from Greenville to Camp Coast (located at 4-H Educational Center in Columbia, NC) is available.

Camp space is limited so please call and register early. For more information contact Theresa Blount at 252-847-6835 or e-mail tpblount@vidanthealth.com.

Camp Rainbow

Camp Rainbow is a week-long summer camping experience for children with cancer, hemophilia and other chronic blood disorders and their siblings. Children who have lost a sibling to cancer are also encouraged to attend. The camp is staffed by physicians, nurses and other volunteers who provide necessary medical support and emotional encouragement.

Camp Rainbow is held at Camp Don Lee, located on the Neuse River near Arapahoe, NC. Our goals for this camping experience include building self-confidence and independence, emotional and social development and well-being, and learning and sharing support with others who are living with a chronic blood disorder. Camp activities include sailing, canoeing, swimming (lessons adapted for handicapped), arts and crafts, music, campfires, nature, and specialized support and educational sessions.

For more information about Rainbow Services programs, camps volunteer opportunities and donation opportunities, please contact Jacquelyn Sauls at 252-744-4676 or SaulsJ@mail.ecu.edu.

Camp Hope

Camp Hope is a week-long camping experience for children with sickle cell disease. Sickle cell disease is an inherited blood disorder which affects the ability of red blood cells to carry oxygen. Children with this disease tire more easily, may have recurrent severe pain and must receive continuous medical care thus restricting their ability to participate in many school and recreational activities.

Camp Hope began in 1991 with 49 campers and is held at Camp Don Lee, located on the Neuse River near Arapahoe, NC. Our goals include building self-confidence and independence, emotional and social development and well-being, and learning and sharing support with others who are living with a chronic blood disorder. The camp is staffed by physicians, nurses and other volunteers who provide necessary medical support and emotional encouragement.

Camp activities include sailing, canoeing, swimming (lessons adapted for handicapped), arts and crafts, music, campfires, nature, and specialized support and educational sessions. For more information about Rainbow Services programs, camps volunteer opportunities and donation opportunities, please contact Jacquelyn Sauls at 252-744-4676 or SaulsJ@mail.ecu.edu.

Camp Wholeheart

Camp Wholeheart is a fall weekend camp created to provide a positive life experience for children and teenagers ages 7 to 18 years living with complex congenital heart defects. The goals of camp are to reduce isolation, increase self-esteem and develop friendships among children with similar medical conditions.

The campers will participate in educational activities to increase physical activity and nutrition awareness in order to promote a healthier lifestyle. The camp also includes a half day family support event in the spring which reunites the campers and is used to recruit new campers and promote congenital heart disease awareness in the community. This is the only camp for this population of children in eastern North Carolina.

Funding is provided by a grant from Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. This camp is housed in the Human Development and Family Science department at East Carolina University. Camp volunteers include Child Life students from the College of Health and Human Performance and students from other ECU colleges as well as community volunteers. A pediatric cardiologist from the Brody School of Medicine and nurses from Vidant Medical Center also volunteer their time during the camping weekend.

For more information about the camp, please contact Dr. Priti Desai at 252-328-2866, email desaip@ecu.edu or contact the Pediatric Cardiology office at the Brody School of Medicine at 252-744-5601.

Victory Junction Gang Camp

Victory Junction, located in Randleman, NC., enriches the lives of children with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses by providing life-changing camping experiences that are exciting, fun and empowering, in a safe and medically sound environment. Victory Junction Gang Camp also offers a "Neurology Week" for children with brain injuries and their families in addition to Family Weekends throughout the year. Maynard Children's Hospital is one of the founding hospitals of Victory Junction. Visit Victory Junction for information about the camper application process and volunteering to help.

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