Who We Are
We believe all children should be able to experience the joys of childhood and the profound, life-long impact of camp. The Painted Turtle staff, volunteers, Board of Directors, and supporters work year-round to give children with serious medical conditions the chance just to be kids in a safe and inclusive environment. Thousands of campers and family members come together each year to sing, dance, laugh, grow and discover their potential in a community of people who have shared experiences.
The mission of The Painted Turtle is to provide a year-round, life-changing environment and authentic camp experience for children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses. The Painted Turtle supports children’s medical needs, inspires them to reach beyond their illnesses, and provides care, education, and respite for their families. All campers and families attend completely free of charge.
We use The Painted Turtle shell as a symbol of our commitment to create a community which evokes positive and impactful change through a trust that holds us accountable to the graceful understanding represented by our compassion. The courage to stand up for our vision is at the heart of our intentional leadership; and so we are joyful in each and every present moment.
The Painted Turtle began as a dream in 1999 when Paul Newman and Page
Adler, along with a group of other dedicated individuals,
co-founded The Painted Turtle to let kids with medical
conditions just be kids. Through the ongoing commitment of these
individuals, many of whom sit on our board today, the dream of
The Painted Turtle became a reality. Located just outside of Los
Angeles in Lake Hughes, California, The Painted Turtle has served
tens of thousands of children and families since opening in
The Painted Turtle was founded by a remarkable group of business men and women, philanthropists, and families. Beginning with Page and Lou Adler and Paul Newman, the generosity of the following Founders has helped to make the dream of creating a life-changing environment for children with serious medical conditions a reality.
The Painted Turtle is a year-round medical specialty camp for children who have serious medical conditions. All campers and their families attend free of charge.
Through our condition-specific, week-long Summer Sessions and Fall and Spring Family Weekends, children have the opportunity to learn new strategies of medical self-care, increase their confidence, and build supportive friendships with peers who have the same medical conditions.