Heart Institute

  • The Heart Institute Family Camp graphic.
    The Heart Institute Family Camp graphic.
  • Family Camp

    The next Heart Institute Family Camp Weekend will be May 16-18, 2014. It is designed specifically for families of children affected with heart disease.

    The weekend is full of fun family activities, informational sessions for parents and sharing with other families who have had similar experiences. Activities are planned throughout the day for all ages. The cost is $50 per family.

    Registration: Registration for the 2014 Family Camp Weekend is now closed. A link for registration, as well as instructions and risk & release forms, can be found on the right-hand side of this page.

    Who: Families of children ages 0-21 affected by congenital or acquired heart disease.

    When: Friday, May 16 through Sunday, May 18, 2014. Registration and check-in will begin at 6 pm (no arrivals after 9 pm unless pre-arranged) on Friday with a pizza party, barn dance and games to kick off the evening. Our weekend will conclude on Sunday with an all-camp marshmallow war!

    Where: Joy Outdoor Education Center in Clarksville, Ohio, located about 50 minutes north of downtown Cincinnati on 315 acres of beautiful countryside. Hiking trails, a fishing pond, high ropes courses and an indoor climbing wall are just a few of the amenities that Camp Joy has to offer.

    Accommodations: Charming, rustic cabins with bunk beds and modern shower and bath facilities. Two to three families per cabin. All meals will be provided.

    Minicamp option: Children and adolescents ages 8 and up may stay in a cabin without their parents, although parents must be present at the camp. Camp Joy counselors will be supervising children enjoying the minicamp option. Space in the minicamp is available on a first-come, first-served basis.