Parents can breathe easier when sending their kids with asthma to the Flying Horse Farms summer camp July 26-31.
Physicians and other healthcare professionals from Ohio’s 8 children’s hospitals, including Akron Children’s, assist campers with their daily medical needs and provide care 24/7 at WellNest, an on-site, fully equipped medical facility.
Free from worrying about her asthma, your child can enjoy all the fun of camp – including sleeping in a cabin and eating in a mess hall – without worrying about health issues getting in the way.
Camping experiences are designed to meet your child’s unique physical, social and psychological needs so she can develop new friendships, along with a sense of pride, independence, accomplishment and freedom.
At camp, your child may participate in boating, fishing, swimming, archery, gardening, arts and crafts, basketball and other activities. Another major attraction at camp is a ropes course and zip-line.
Rather than interrupting activities to take medications, treatments are brought to the children so they can keep on fishing, crafting or enjoying another camp activity.
Flying Horse Farms is a member of the SeriousFun Children’s Network, the world’s largest family of camps for children with serious illnesses. Founded in 1988 by Paul Newman, the network has collectively served more than 440,000 children and families from 5 continents and 50 countries. The camp is accredited by the American Camp Association.
Here are the basic facts about asthma camp:
WHO: Children with asthma in grades 1 through 8 who meet medical criteria. The camp currently cannot accommodate campers who are dependent on a ventilator or tracheostomy.
WHAT: Pulmonary, Nephrology & Craniofacial Camp.
WHEN: July 26-31.
WHERE: Flying Horse Farms, Mount Gilead, Ohio
WHY: To give children with asthma a fun camping experience with medical oversight in a medically safe environment.
COST: The camp is free of charge, thanks to generous support from donors, community partners and volunteers.
For more information, contact Akron Children’s asthma nurse program coordinators at 330-543-8585 or Flying Horse Farms at 419-751-7077. You may also visit www.flyinghorsefarms.org/camp/how-to-enroll/.