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.

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, there may be a need to move a camper to a different week. This would happen at the discretion of the Camp Director.

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.

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.

“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.

(No Guests – Siblings only)

You may attend Teen Week if you are an adolescent patient, ranging in ages from 13-18, or Kids Week if you are a child, ranging in ages from 7-12. You must be a patient who has been seen in the *Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute, at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center 2 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 camper. This gives them a chance to spend time with their brother or sister and share in the experience together. If two children from your family are treated in the CBDI, no additional siblings may attend. This request is in effort to make camp available to more patients. When bringing a sibling to camp they have to be in the same age group as the patient. (Example- if Patient is 14 and their sibling is 11 then the sibling would not be able to attend because the age groups are 7-12 and 13-18.)
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.

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.

Teen Week:

Check-in:  Sunday July 17

Check-out: Friday, July 22

Kids Week:

Check-in:  Sunday, July 24

Check-out: Friday, July 29

Camp will end each week on Friday starting at 1:30 pm with a light snack. All campers need to be picked up by 3 pm.

You must have prior authorization from the Camp Director in order to pick up your child earlier than 1:30 pm.


 

Registration Information

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To register their child, a parent or guardian must call or email (see info in the column on the right side of the page) to request a packet, and you must do so prior to April 13th. When you call / email you need to let us know the patient’s name, birthday, and how you would like to receive the packet.

Once you have a registration packet, it must be completed and returned no later than May 13th, 2016. The application and the required medical release forms must ALL be complete. (If needing more time to get the medical forms for siblings by this deadline, please contact us.)

CBDI Patient – No Physical needed
Patients must have been seen in CBDI two (2) 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. (Exception is the 5+ patients who are seen once a year.)

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 June 13, 2016.
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Camp Information

Contact Information

For more information about summer camp, call 513-636-NJOY (6569) or email us at cbdi.camp@cchmc.org

NjoyItAll Camp Dates:
Teen Week
Ages: 13-18
July 17 – 22, 2016

Kids Week
Ages: 7-12
July 24 -29, 2016

To Get Packet:
You MUST Email or Call by April 13, 2016
Email: cbdi.camp@cchmc.org  or
Phone: 513-636-6569 (NJOY)
and specify if you want a packet mailed, or e-mailed to you.
* Emailed packet is a type on form that is easier and quicker to return.

Packets Due:
Completed packets are due back by May 13, 2016.