Campership Changes Lives

Omar was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis at six years old, and his Mom and Dad were in complete disbelief. Despite support from doctors, Omar’s family feared how this chronic illness would affect the rest of their lives.

Omar’s mother, Linda, when recounting the story, said, “I remember how secluded Omar became during that time. My husband and I didn’t know anyone who could relate to our situation. We couldn’t help Omar and we felt scared and isolated too.”

After discovering Camp and attending their first Family Weekend, everything changed. Omar met tons of new friends who could relate to his journey, while his parents connected to other families who understood their feeling of helplessness. They saw Omar climb the high ropes course and even eat an entire plate of spaghetti with no hands! His world became filled with laughter, adventure, and the freedom to just be a kid.

Omar’s family was astounded by their son’s newfound confidence, and they credit The Painted Turtle for his transformation. “Camp is absolutely necessary for every child. Campers gain strength from each other. Omar is an entirely different person now.”

Your continued generosity ensures kids like Omar have a place where they feel they belong, giving them the freedom to be their best.

And that’s every parent’s greatest wish.

Camperships Keep Camp Free of Charge

Camp will always be free of charge. Campership gifts support the costs of food, housing, medical care, and of course fun for campers of all ages, and 100% of campership gifts directly benefit the campers and their families. To make a campership gift, click here.

Honor Someone Special

Did you know that your gift can be made in memory of a loved one or in honor of a birthday, anniversary or special occasion of a family member or friend?

If your gift is a tribute to someone, please include a note telling us the name of the individual you wish us to notify along with their address so that we can send them a card letting them know of your thoughtful gift. (The amount will not be mentioned.)

If you have questions about making a gift, please contact us at or 310-451-1353.

The Painted Turtle is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization with Federal Tax ID# 95-4612481. All charitable contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. If you prefer to send your donation by mail, please address it to: Camperships at The Painted Turtle, 1300 4th Street, Suite 300, Santa Monica, CA 90401.