Summer Program

Each summer, The Painted Turtle welcomes children ages 7 to 16 for our week-long sessions.

In each session, between morning horseback rides and evening campfires, children become artists, swimmers, athletes, canoe paddlers, stargazers, actors on stage, adventurers, and, most importantly, friends. Our campers form a unique community, living in cabins alongside other kids coping with similar medical conditions. With the support of both counselors and cabin mates, kids discover they are capable of doing things they never dreamed possible.

Our campers experience a magical transformation, as they sing and dance, paint, play, and develop important friendships. Life outside of camp may mean a series of medical procedures and hospital stays, but camp is an opportunity for kids to just be kids. With the support of peers, counselors, and on-site medical staff, campers are free to be themselves.

Each session focuses on serving children with one of the medical conditions found most in need of camp opportunities. For a list of current medical conditions we serve, please take a look at our Camp Calendar.

My daughter told me tonight that Camp is the only place she feels that she’s ever been able to be herself… It’s the only place she’s been where people just accept her for who she is. It’s the only place she’s been where all of the activities are designed for her to be able to do. She doesn’t have to sit anything out. She’s part of it all.

Camper Parent

 

Testimonials

  • “Thank you for one of the best weeks of my life… I came with my doubts about my first time at a camp, but as I left that night I couldn’t have felt more satisfied or overjoyed by my experience”
    -Camper
  • “I haven’t seen my son this happy since we have come into the hospital…it is awesome to see him smiling and acting like himself again.”
    -Parent, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
  • “My daughter told me tonight that Camp is the only place she feels that she’s ever been able to be herself… It’s the only place she’s been where people just accept her for who she is.  It’s the only place she’s been where all of the activities are designed for her to be able to do.  She doesn’t have to sit anything out. She’s part of it all.”
    -Camper Parent
  • “Can I take a picture with my fish & fishing pole in front of the backdrop? I want to prove to my friends that I went fishing in the hospital…they’ll never believe me.”
    -Child, age 10, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford
  • “Yay, I’m so glad you’re here today. I have The Painted Turtle Outpost on my calendar with gold stars all around it!”
    -Child Life Specialist, UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital