Web links: HIV camps

March 1, 2007

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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 http://www.reachministries.org/programs.php#camp
Location: Tacoma, Wash.

Rise 'n Shine http://www.risenshine.org/summer_camp.htm
Location: Seattle.

Camp Starlight http://www.cascadeaids.org/events.html
Location: Portland, Ore.

Camp Laurel http://www.camplaurel.org/
Location: Los Angeles area.

Camp Sunburst http://www.sunburstprojects.org/
Location: ten miles south of Livermore, Calif.

Camp Pacific Heartland http://www.camppacificheartland.org/
Location: Malibu, Calif.

Camp Care http://www.allaboutcare.org/campcare/
Location: Central California's Yosemite region.

Camp Kindle Hollywood http://www.campkindle.org/
Location: Los Angeles.

Midwest

Camp Kindle http://www.campkindle.org/
Location: Nebraska.

Camp Heart to Heart http://www.campkindle.org/
Location: Lebanon Junction, Ky., south of Louisville.

Camp HOPE
http://projectark.wustl.edu/CampHope.html
Location: Ozark Mountains, south of St. Louis.

Jennifer's Camp: http://www.aarcsa.com/Jennifer.html
Location: San Antonio, Texas.

Camp Hope http://www.aidshelp.org/pt_programs.aspx
Location: Houston area.

Camp H.U.G. http://www.aidshelp.org/pt_programs.aspx?jump=camphug
Location: Houston area. An offshoot of AIDS Foundation Houston's Camp Hope, for caregivers and well as children with HIV.

Camp Oasis http://www.campoasis.com/
Location: two hours north of Toronto.