2017 Volunteer Calendar

Spring Family Weekends

Special Diagnoses Family Weekend: February 24-26
Gastrointestinal Family Weekend: March 10-12
Spina Bifida Family Weekend: March 24-26
Arthritis and IBD Family Weekend: April 7-9
Pulmonary Hypertension Family Weekend: April 21-24
Spring Into Camp Celebration: May 6

Summer Sessions

Skeletal Dysplasia and MPS: June 7-12
Volunteer Arrival Day: June 6

Arthritis and IBD: June 16-21
Volunteer Arrival Day: June 15

Kidney Disease and Transplant: June 25-30
Volunteer Arrival Day: June 24

Special Diagnoses 1: July 6-10
Volunteer Arrival Day: July 5

Special Diagnoses 2: July 14-18
Volunteer Arrival Day: July 13

Hemophilia/vWD and Thalassemia: July 22-27
Volunteer Arrival Day: July 21

Liver Disease and Transplant, PIDD, TPN, and IBD: July 31-August 4
Volunteer Arrival Day: July 30

Sibling: August 8-12
Volunteer Arrival Day: August 7

Fall Family Weekends

Epilepsy Family Weekend: September 22-24
Inhibitor Family Weekend: October 6-9
Kidney Disease and Transplant Family Weekend: October 20-22
Arthritis and IBD Family Weekend: November 3-5
PKU, MPS, and Urea Cycle Disorder Family Weekend: November 17-19
Camper Holiday Gathering: December 2

Camp on the Move

Bay Area: TBD
San Diego: TBD

Volunteer Days

Community Volunteer Day: February 4
Corporate Volunteer Day: May 13
Aerospace Volunteer Day: September 16

Special Events

13th Annual Bingo at The Roxy: February 9
L.A. 5K Run and Marathon: March 18 & 19
Tour de Turtle Bike Ride & The Turtle Trek Walk/Run/Roll: October 14
NLACRAB Annual BBQ: October 28


  • “Volunteering at The Painted Turtle has become my absolute favorite summer activity.  Working closely with such an enthusiastic staff and group of volunteers made me feel right at home, so I was able to jump right into the experience upon my arrival at camp!  Watching the campers experience the magic at events like Stage Night (talent show) and Silly Olympics helped me to witness the healing powers of fun and laughter firsthand.”
  • “Personally, The Painted Turtle has changed me for the better.  I now have a better understanding of what it means to be truly happy, and I also have greater respect for anyone living with a serious illness or disability.
  • “It can be hard work; but it’s really easy because it’s so much fun and the laughter, smiles, hugs and gratitude from the kids make it all worthwhile.  It’s more rewarding that you could ever imagine.  It touches your heart in a way that’s hard to describe.”
  • “All it took was one visit to The Painted Turtle, and I have been hooked ever since.”
  • “Oftentimes at Camp Closing the younger kids are crying because they hate to leave.  Sometimes not only the kids are crying but Mom and Dad as well.  When a father is moved to tears thanking you for what you’ve given their family, you know you’re involved in something really special and you can be proud.”
  • “Volunteering at The Painted Turtle helps me focus on the important things in life, like family, friends, health, community, compassion, laughter, etc.  I no longer let the little things bother me or get rattled when things don’t go as planned.  I just think of the obstacles the campers deal with on a daily basis and it puts things in perspective.”
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