• Camp Joyful Hearts | June 26-July 1

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    Growing up with heart disease can be a significant physical and emotional challenge. Through Camp Joyful Hearts, the Heart Institute strives to help kids with heart disease overcome these challenges with a support network of kids in similar circumstances.

    Camp Joyful Hearts is a residential summer camp for kids and teens with heart disease. Camp Joyful Hearts offers many exciting camp activities such as swimming, high ropes, campfires, stargazing in our new observatory and much more! All activities are adapted to each child’s abilities. A pediatric cardiologist and cardiac nurses are onsite 24 hours a day.

    Thanks to our amazing donors, Camp Joyful Hearts is free this year! Please note that space is limited.

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    Children and adolescents with congenital or acquired heart disease, ages 8 to 18, may attend Camp Joyful Hearts. Eligible campers are cardiac patients actively being followed by a cardiologist at the Heart Institute or another medical center. Final admittance to camp is based upon review of our medical staff.

    Teens and young adults with heart disease, ages 16 to 21, can volunteer as Leaders in Training (LITs) and assist counselors with the younger campers. Contact contact Ali Barnes at 513-803-1841 or email heartcamp@cchmc.org for more information.

    Thanks to our amazing donors, Camp Joyful Hearts is free this year! Please note that space will be limited. All campers must register on or before Wednesday, June 1.

    To register, create your online camp account here. After entering your camper's information, choose a password to create an account and you will receive a confirmation email from ACTIVE.com.

    Once you have created your online account, please use this link to complete the required registration forms saved in your account.

    Camp Joyful Hearts is held at Joy Outdoor Education Center, 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, Camp Joy 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.

    Camp Joyful Hearts encourages participation in a variety of activities that help the camper develop skills and a sense of accomplishment. Activities are adapted to each child’s ability and promote the development of new friendships and individual growth. All camp activities are supervised in a safe and nurturing environment.

    Examples include:

    • Archery
    • Arts and crafts
    • Campfires
    • Cooking
    • Drama
    • Dance
    • Fishing and canoeing
    • Heart Institute education programs
    • High ropes courses
    • Large group games
    • Mountain biking
    • Nature hikes
    • Ooey gooey science
    • Songs and skits
    • Sports
    • Survival
    • Swimming
    • Talent show
    • Team building exercises

    Camp Joyful Hearts 2016 will run Sunday, June 26 through Friday, July 1. Campers should arrive for registration at Camp Joy between 4pm and 6pm on Sunday, June 26. Leaders-in-Training (LITs) should arrive Sunday, June 26 at 3pm for training. Please make prior arrangements for late arrivals or pick-ups. Camp Joyful Hearts will conclude at 11am on Friday, July 1.

    To foster camper independence, phone calls are not encouraged during the camp session. Campers may receive mail. 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 older individuals with an interest in working with children who have medical challenges.

    A pediatric cardiologist, cardiac nurses and nurse practitioners are on the premises 24 hours a day. Additional members of the Heart Institute staff visit the camp to answer questions, moderate group educational sessions and help the campers understand and deal with health-related problems more effectively. Heart Institute staff members meet with campers’ parents on the first day of camp to review medical orders. Camp personnel adhere to all medical orders and activity recommendations sent by the camper’s physician and discussed with parents.

    For more information on Camp Joyful Hearts, please contact Ali Barnes:

    Email: heartcamp@cchmc.org
    Phone: 513-803-1841
    Toll-free: 800-344-2462 ext. 31841

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