Our Story

From left: Page Adler, Gil Friesen, Mary Brown, Lou Adler, Tony Ressler, Jami Gertz, Paul Newman, Bruce Willis – May 22, 2004

In 1999 Paul Newman and Page Adler, along with a group of other dedicated individuals, co-founded The Painted Turtle. Through the ongoing commitment of these individuals, many of whom sit on our board today, the dream of The Painted Turtle became a reality. Since opening in 2004, we have served thousands of campers and family members at our year-round camp programs. In September 2007, The Painted Turtle established its Outreach Program called The Painted Turtle Outpost, which brings the hopeful, playful spirit of camp to children at hospitals and community events. Now in its 5th year, The Painted Turtle Outpost program continues to thrive and reach children all across California.

SeriousFun Children’s Network — Our Family of Camps

In 1988, Paul Newman started the first camp in our family of camps in Ashford, Connecticut. He then expanded that vision by helping to establish camps in New York, North Carolina, Florida, here in California at The Painted Turtle, as well as overseas in Ireland, United Kingdom, Italy, France, Hungary, Israel. Our family of year-round camps continues to grow and there are currently 14 camps (including provisional members) in the United States and 7 camps overseas. Additionally, Global Partnership Programs based on this camp model have been developed in Africa, Southeast Asia, India, and South America.

Each camp is independent and responsible for raising its own funds. Together the SeriousFun Camps share best practices and work to provide outstanding care for children throughout the world. Our programs empower children to reach beyond the limits of their medical conditions to create lasting and positive impacts on their lives.

Since 1988, The SeriousFun Children’s Network of camps has improved the lives of more than 1 million children and their families from over 50 countries and throughout all 50 United States. They strive to serve more than 165,000 children with varying medical conditions and their families every year — all free of charge.

For more information, please visit www.seriousfunnetwork.org.