The fun of summer is upon us, and families across Utah are searching for ways to keep their kids entertained. For many parents, summer camps offer the perfect opportunity for their children to make new friends, create lifelong memories and enjoy supervised fun in the sun.
What child wouldn’t benefit from the excitement and structured freedom that a quality camp provides? Children with complex illnesses are no different, but the idea of sending a child with unique medical needs away from home for several hours or even an entire week is challenging for some parents, and their kids sometimes lack confidence when it comes to spending time away from home too. How do you ensure your child feels confident fully participating? How will the other children treat them? Are the counselors equipped to understand your child’s needs?
The good news is, in Utah there are a range of camps designed to meet the needs of children with complex medical needs or technology dependence. Let’s look at some of your options:
Camp Hobe is a special summer camp for children who are being treated for cancer and their siblings. It is held at Camp Wapiti in Settlement Canyon, near Tooele, Utah. Here, children develop confidence and self-esteem, independence and friendships. A high level of supervision and medical care are available throughout the camp experience. Children enjoy outdoor play, arts and crafts, music and more. Day camps and overnight camps are offered for various age groups throughout the month of June. Contact Camp Hobe for information about dates and registration.
Camp Giddy Up
For campers with medical needs who love everything equestrian, Camp Giddy Up is the place to be. Located in Park City, Utah, this week long day or overnight camp teaches basic riding skills and horsemanship in a fun and safe environment. Teens with disabilities love the Camp X-treme option where, along with horseback riding, they swoosh down the mountains on a zipline, rock climb or rappel as they build self-confidence and lasting friendships. If your child is younger or more interested in a day camp, the Eagles Camp experience helps build their confidence and independence through fun and challenging activities. All experiences are inclusive, and the staff is fully trained to understand the unique needs and challenges that children with disabilities face. Information on registration is available here.
Camp Neuro Revolution
The Epilepsy Association of Utah holds an annual week long camp for teens and pre-teens age 10-18 with epilepsy. Held at the National Ability Center in Park City, this camp offers fun activities including archery, swimming, crafts, cycling, horseback riding and more. All activities are tailored to the child’s specific needs, and the camp staff is fully trained to give parents confidence while their children attend. Applications for Camp Neuro Revolution are available here.
Camp K is dedicated to improving lives for people with disabilities through recreation, education and growth experiences. Their annual summer camps are designed by recreational therapists to foster independence and increase self-esteem, physical fitness and communication skills. Four types of camps are available for children with disabilities including residential camp, day camp, travel camp and partner day camp. To find more information or enroll, visit Camp K.
Gifting your child with a summer camp experience is a great way to empower them to feel normal and enjoy a rich, full childhood. For the weeks your child is not in camp, Salus Homecare in Utah is always here to help. Our pediatric respite care provides support and supervision for your child with complex medical needs anytime you take time away to work, run errands, relax or attend to the needs of other family members. We are here to support your family and help make this summer fun and memorable. Let us know how we can help.