Contemporary Pediatrics


Web links: HIV camps

March 1, 2007
Contemporary Pediatrics Staff


HIV affects the entire family, not just the child. Health care costs, missed work for doctor's appointments, and struggles with reimbursement often leave parents of HIV-positive kids struggling to make ends meet. Luckily, charities have started camps to allow kids with HIV to be just a kid.

Almost all of these programs are at no cost to the parent. Many teach valuable health lessons, build up child self-confidence and self-worth, and show how to keep living a long, fulfilling life. All have medically-trained staff to handle sensitive needs like wheelchair-accessible cabins. Of course, they also have all the activities that make camp a childhood rite of passage.

West Coast

Reach Camp
Location: Tacoma, Wash.

Rise 'n Shine
Location: Seattle.

Camp Starlight
Location: Portland, Ore.

Camp Laurel
Location: Los Angeles area.

Camp Sunburst
Location: ten miles south of Livermore, Calif.

Camp Pacific Heartland
Location: Malibu, Calif.

Camp Care
Location: Central California's Yosemite region.

Camp Kindle Hollywood
Location: Los Angeles.


Camp Kindle
Location: Nebraska.

Camp Heart to Heart
Location: Lebanon Junction, Ky., south of Louisville.

Location: Ozark Mountains, south of St. Louis.

Jennifer's Camp:
Location: San Antonio, Texas.

Camp Hope
Location: Houston area.

Camp H.U.G.
Location: Houston area. An offshoot of AIDS Foundation Houston's Camp Hope, for caregivers and well as children with HIV.

Camp Oasis
Location: two hours north of Toronto.