Medical Information

The Painted Turtle is pleased to serve campers with many different medical conditions.

Age Eligibility:

  • Summer campers: Child must be between the ages of 7 and 16 prior to their session start date
  • Family Weekend campers: Child with medical condition must be between the ages 6 to 17 prior to their session start date

Please see our Camp Calendar for the dates of sessions offered each year.

Campers for all sessions must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Minimum developmental age of 5 years
  • Must be able to function and participate in a group setting
  • Must be able to communicate needs independently
  • Able to be away from family members for a limited period of time

Please be advised that no child is guaranteed to be accepted to camp. Applications are reviewed and acceptance is based upon health care needs, space, and staffing ratios.

Session Specific Eligibility Criteria:

Note: One camper with cystic fibrosis will be considered for sessions marked with * 

Family Weekends – Medical Conditions Served:

Liver Disease and Transplant, PIDD, TPN, and IBD
February 23-25, 2018

  • Liver Transplant
  • Small bowel transplants
  • G-tube feeds with a primary GI diagnosis
  • Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis
  • Liver Disease
  • TPN dependent
  • Mitochondrial disease

Pulmonary Hypertension
March 9-12, 2018

  • Pulmonary Hypertension

Neuromuscular and Genetic
March 23-25, 2018

  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Ventilator dependent
  • Limb deficiencies
  • Craniofacial Conditions
  • Neuromuscular conditions
  • Genetic Conditions
  • Severe burns
  • 1 family with a child with Cystic Fibrosis

Spina Bifida
April 6-8, 2018

  • Spina Bifida
  • Paraplegia/ Hemiplegia: includes children with spinal cord injury resulting in paraplegia
  • Ataxia
  • 1 family with a child with Cystic Fibrosis

Rheumatic Diseases and IBD
April 20-22, 2018

  • Pediatric Rheumatology Conditions per the Arthritis Foundation
  • Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis
  • IBD

Sept 21-23

  • VNS
  • Serious Epilepsy Brain Disorder
  • 1 Family with a child with Cystic Fibrosis

Sept 28-Oct 1

  • Hemophilia with measurable inhibitor titers
  • History of Inhibitor with in the past year

Kidney Disease and Transplant
Oct 19-21

  • General nephrology-decreased kidney function
  • Kidney Transplant
  • Peritoneal dialysis or Hemodialysis

Fall Family Weekend
Nov 2-4

  • Medical Condition Eligibility TBD

Summer Sessions – Medical Conditions Served:

Skeletal Dysplasia
June 8-12

  • Any child who qualifies as Skeletal Dysplasia under the LPA guidelines
  • One camper with Cystic Fibrosis

Rheumatic Diseases and IBD
June 16-20

Kidney Disease and Transplant
June 24-28

  • General nephrology-decreased kidney function
  • Hemodialysis
  • Kidney transplant
  • Peritoneal dialysis

Spina Bifida, Ataxia, Orthopedic, and Metabolic Conditions
July 2-6

  • Adrenal Insufficiency/CAH
  • Ataxia
  • Epilepsy-well controlled or less than 4 per month
  • Limb Deficiencies
  • MPS
  • One camper with Cystic Fibrosis
  • Paraplegia
  • Severe Burns
  • Spina Bifida
  • Urea Cycle

Neuromuscular and Genetic Conditions
July 10-14

  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Children who require ventilator support
  • Chronic Lung Disease
  • Craniofacial conditions
  • Epilepsy-VNS or intractable seizures
  • Genetic Conditions
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Quadriplegia
  • One camper with Cystic Fibrosis
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Hemophilia/vWD and Thalassemia
July 18-22

  • Aplastic Anemia
  • Blood Dyscrasia (not cancer)
  • Diamond-Blackfan Anemia
  • Documented factor deficiency for females
  • Hemophilia including with inhibitors
  • Rare Genetic Platelet Disorders
  • von Willebrand Factor Deficiency
  • Thalassemia

Liver Disease and Transplant, IBD, PIDD, and TPN
July 26-30

  • Liver Transplant
  • Liver Disease- not communicable
  • Small bowel transplants
  • Tube feeding/TPN dependent
  • Primary Immunodeficiency Disease
    • Special Notes:
      • SCID: Must be successful post-transplant
      • CGD and mild Combined Immune Deficiencies
  • PKU
  • Mitochondrial Disease
  • Crohns and Ulcerative Colitis

August 3-7

  • Siblings of child with eligible medical condition
    • Free from chronic medical condition
  • Attend camp separately from sibling with medical condition