• Fun in the Sun at NjoyItAll Camp

    All children like having fun. That’s why, at Cincinnati Children’s, we’ve created a week-long overnight summer camp experience for all our patients with cancer, blood diseases and immune disorders. It’s an opportunity for kids ages 7-18 to develop new skills, form lasting friendships and build their self-esteem, all while having a great time. Perhaps the greatest benefit of camp is the opportunity for children to connect with others who are facing similar challenges.

    Save the Date:  2015 Camp Dates

    Week One: July 19 – 24

    Week Two: July 26 – 31

    Accepted campers will be required to stay the entire week, the only exceptions are for medical needs.

  • About the Camp

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    Dates and available space for campers

    To maximize our allotted spaces at camp and to accommodate all camper applications, 12-year-old campers might be assigned a week based upon the available slots.  Week One has room for 100 campers and Week Two has room for 150 campers.

    Guests

    Along with the changes to the dates of camp and the age structures of the two weeks, guests will no longer be allowed to attend with patients. It will be siblings only.

    “NjoyItAll Camp” is held at Camp Joy, 10117 Old 3-C Highway, in Clarksville, OH, approximately 50 minutes from Cincinnati and 75 minutes from Columbus. Easily reached by interstate and state routes, the camp occupies 315 acres of trees, trails, fields and meadows overlooking a river valley. Three handicap-accessible cabins with indoor bathrooms and hot showers will house campers near the air-conditioned dining hall.     

    **The staff works closely with the Cincinnati Children’s medical team to create a safe, supportive environment for children, no matter what their abilities.

    The camp provides:

    • Activities such as the tower climb, swimming, rafting trips, fishing, archery, arts and crafts, and campfire time.
    • Around-the-clock medical monitoring by CBDI physicians and nurses.
    • Educational programs to help children become more independent in managing their condition.

    Activities are adapted so that all children can participate, and rehabilitation therapists are on hand to modify specific activities as needed.

    You may attend Week One if you are an adolescent patient, ranging in ages from 12-18, who has been seen in the Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute, at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center within the past 12 months. The patient and one sibling* will then be eligible to attend the same week of summer camp together. The week they attend is based on the patient's age so a sibling would have to be in the same age group as the patient in order to attend.

    Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute (CBDI) Adolescents and young adults aged 17 and over who have been a previous camper may apply to be Jr. Counselors. If interested in being a Jr. Counselor please contact the camp director. Jr. Counselors will be needed the week of July 24 - 31 to assist with Week Two.

    You may attend Week Two if you are a child, ranging in ages from 7-11, who has been seen in the Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center within the past 12 months. The patient and one sibling* will then be eligible to attend the same week of summer camp together. The week they attend is based on the patient’s age so a sibling would have to be in the same age group as the patient in order to attend.

    In order to safeguard the privacy of all campers and to foster camper independence, visitors and phone calls are not permitted during the camp session.

    If a camper MUST be contacted in an emergency situation, the parent or guardian should contact the NjoyItAll camp administrator at 513-636-6569  or 800-344-2462, ext. 6-6569.  She will then reach the director on site. In an emergency, you can reach Camp Joy’s on-call phone at 937-725-4036. This is strictly an emergency line.

    The camp staff includes a full time camp director, program specialists, summer cabin counselors, and auxiliary staff.  The counselors are selected from experienced college-age and other individuals with a special interest in working with children who have medical disorders. A medical team including physicians from the Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital will be onsite 24 hours a day.  Medical staff and a hospital pharmacist will meet with the campers’ parents on the first day of camp to review medical orders. Camp personnel will adhere to all medical orders and activity recommendations sent by the camper’s physician.

    Through the generous support of the Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute,  the Tri-State Bleeding Disorder Foundation, and other donors, there is no cost to attend camp.

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    Accepted campers will be required to stay the entire week, the only exceptions are for medical needs.

    Accepted campers will be required to stay the entire week, the only exceptions are for medical needs.

    Times will be listed in your acceptance letter.

    Week One:

    Check-in:  Sunday July 19

    Check-out: Friday, July 24 

    Week Two:

    Check-in:  Sunday, July 26

    Check-out: Friday, July 31

    Camp will end each week on a Friday at 4:30 pm with a picnic for campers and their families starting at 5 pm.

    No. NjoyItAll is staffed by Camp Joy and CBDI staff, therefore we have no volunteer opportunities for individuals outside of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

  • Registration Information

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    To register their child, a parent or guardian must call or email to request a packet (see info in the column on the right side of the page). Registration deadline is March 6. When you call or email, let us know how you would like to receive the packet along with the patient name, date of birth, address and phone number.

    Once you have a registration packet, it must be completed and returned no later than April 10. The application and the required medical release forms must ALL be complete. (If you need more time to get the medical forms for siblings completed by this deadline, please contact us.)
    CBDI Patient – No Physical needed
    Patients must have been seen in the Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute within the past 12 months to be considered a current patient and do not need a physical form turned in with the packet.

    Sibling – Need a physical - YES

    Please be sure to have a physical form filled out for the sibling who will be attending. Use the physical form in the packet, one from our website or one that you already have filled out from school, a sport or activity as long as it has been within the past 12-18 months.
    Once your application, medical form, and release forms are received, all materials will be reviewed by the camp medical team. Reservations will be held based on the date in which all of the completed forms are received. A limited number of spots are available, and once full, applications will no longer be accepted. You should receive a letter of acceptance along with directions and what to pack around May 15, 2015.