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 Family Weekend

  • Liver and/or small bowel transplants
  • Liver disease
  • TPN dependent
  • Intestinal Pseudo Obstruction
  • Short Gut Syndrome
  • Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis
  • Mitochondrial Disease

Neuromuscular and Genetic Family Weekend

  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Neuromuscular Conditions
  • Rare genetic conditions
  • Limb Deficiencies
  • Craniofacial Conditions
  • Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD)
  • 1 Family with a child with Cystic Fibrosis

Spina Bifida and Ataxia Family Weekend

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

Rheumatic Diseases Family Weekend

Pulmonary Hypertension Family Weekend

  • Pulmonary Hypertension


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


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

Kidney Disease and Transplant

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

Campamento para Familias

  • Primarily Spanish-speaking family weekend program
  • A medical condition that is eligible for a Spring or Fall Family Weekend program
  • The Well Shell will be fully staffed with doctors and nurses for this weekend, however there may not be a specialist for your child’s condition at camp for the weekend. The medical team may request that you attend a different weekend if they feel that would be safest for your child.
  • By requesting Campamento para Familias, you will apply to this weekend in lieu of your traditional family weekend program. Families may attend one family weekend program per year.

Summer Sessions – Medical Conditions Served:

Skeletal Dysplasia and MPS

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

Rheumatic Diseases

Kidney Disease and Transplant

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

Spina Bifida, Ataxia, and Adrenal Insufficiency  

  • Adrenal Insufficiency/CAH
  • Spina Bifida
  • Limb Deficiencies
  • Paraplegia
  • Ataxia
  • Severe burns
  • One camper with Cystic Fibrosis

Neuromuscular, Genetic Conditions, and Epilepsy

  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Children who require ventilator support
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy
  • Epilepsy-VNS or intractable seizure
  • Quadriplegia
  • Craniofacial conditions
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • PKU
  • Rare Genetic Conditions
  • Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD)
  • One camper with Cystic Fibrosis

Hemophilia/vWD and Thalassemia

  • 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

  • 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
  • Mitochondrial Disease
  • Crohns and Ulcerative Colitis
  • Pulmonary Hypertension


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