Fun in the Sun at NjoyItAll Camp

All children like having fun. That’s why Cincinnati Children’s has created a week-long, overnight summer camp experience for our patients with cancer, blood diseases and immune disorders. It’s an opportunity for kids ages 7-16 to develop new skills, form lasting friendships and build self-esteem. Perhaps the greatest benefit of camp is the opportunity for children to connect with others who are facing similar challenges.

NjoyItAll Camp 2018 Dates

  • Teen Week: Sunday, July 15-Friday, July 20
  • Kids Week: Sunday, July 22-Friday, July 27

The Cancer & Blood Diseases Institute’s NjoyItAll Camp is by invitation only.

New Teen Programs

NjoyItAll Camp will be offering two new teen programs. We want our campers’ experience to expand as they grow. Every summer should present new activities, challenges and goals. Teens 14 years or older will need to select a program to enroll when registering.

Dragonflies Program

This is offered for campers 14-16.

The Dragonflies program combines the tradition and fun of NjoyItAll Camp with new challenges and purposeful leadership and personal development opportunities. The goal of this program is to allow teen campers to challenge themselves and set personal goals and limits.

Dragonflies programming will offer teens:

  • New high and low ropes course options
  • Updated camp activities aimed at teen engagement and relationship and team building
  • Rafting

Fireflies Leadership Program

This is offered for campers 15-16.

The Fireflies Leadership program combines our traditional teen week camp with self-development activities that will promote leadership in school, community and potential junior counselors.

Teens in the Fireflies Leadership program will:

  • Enjoy classic Camp Joy activities such as hikes, campfires, ropes course and choice of other activities
  • Focus on learning leadership skills through mentoring, adventure and camp fun
  • Prepare to become Junior Counselors for Kids Week programs in future years  


 

Registration Information

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To maximize our allotted spaces at camp and to accommodate all camper applications, there may be a need to move a camper to a different week. This would happen at the discretion of the camp director.

Patients may bring one sibling of similar age as a guest. 

The Cancer & Blood Diseases Institute’s NjoyItAll Camp is by invitation only. Patients will receive a purple envelope in the mail and/or an email from cbdi.camp@cchmc.org approximately the second week of March. Follow the instructions to obtain information on registration.

Cancer & Blood Diseases Institute Patient – No Physical Needed

Patients must have been seen in the Cancer & Blood Diseases Institute two or more times within the past 12 months to be considered a current patient and do NOT need a physical form turned in with the packet. Patients of the 5+ survivor clinic will need a physical.

Siblings – Yes, They Need a Physical

Siblings are required to have a physical prior to attending camp. You may use the form supplied during registration, a school or sport form (filled out in the past 12-18 months), or one provided by your pediatrician.


 

Frequently Asked Questions

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Once your registration is completed for each child, all materials will be reviewed by the camp medical team. Reservations will be held based on the date in which registration was submitted. A limited number of spots are available, and once full, applications will no longer be accepted. Children will be placed on a wait list. As of June 15, 2018, all spots will be secured. Campers will receive acceptance letters and packing instructions the beginning of June.

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

“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.

All activities are adapted to each child's abilities.

No Guests Other Than Siblings

You may attend Teen Week if you are an adolescent patient, age 12-16, or Kids Week if you are a child, age 7-12. You must be a patient who has been seen in the Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute at Cincinnati Children’s two or more times within the past 12 months, or the 5+ Survivorship Clinic once in the past 12 months.

Patients seen in the Hemophilia Treatment Center are eligible if they have the following diagnosis: Type 2B VWD, Type 3 VWD or Hemophilia.

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.

It is offered for one sibling to attend camp for the week along with the patient. This gives them a chance to spend time with their brother or sister and share in the experience together. When bringing a sibling to camp, he or she has to be in the same age group as the patient. (For example, if a patient is 14 and the sibling is 11, the sibling would not be able to attend because the age groups are 7-12 and 12-16.)

Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute adolescents and young adults aged 17 and over may apply to be Jr. Counselors. If interested in being a Jr. Counselor, contact the camp director. Jr. Counselors will be needed July 22-27 to assist with Kids Week.

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 toll free at 1-800-344-2462, 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 individuals and others 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 will be on-site 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.

Teen Week:

  • Check-in: Sunday, July 15
  • Check-out: Friday, July 20

Kids Week:

  • Check-in: Sunday, July 22
  • Check-out: Friday, July 27

*You must have prior authorization from the camp director in order to pick up your child earlier than the scheduled time.

Contact Us

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Email: cbdi.camp@cchmc.org

Phone: 513-636-NJOY (6569)

Toll Free: 1-800-344-2462 ext. 66569

Save the Dates

Teen Week
July 15-July 20, 2018

Kids Week
July 22-July 27, 2018

The Cancer & Blood Diseases Institute’s NjoyItAll Camp is by invitation only.