Sunday, June 25 - Friday, June 30, 2023

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.

Camp Joyful Hearts & COVID-19

The Heart Institute team has been working closely with Camp Joy to ensure that we explore all options to offer our campers a safe and enjoyable summer experience. We are looking forward to a week of friends and fun.

Of course, many circumstances related to COVID-19 are beyond our control or influence, and as a result, there is no guarantee that camp will run this summer. But since we love camp as much as you all do, we will work as hard as we can to make camp a reality by committing to re-evaluating on a continual basis our ability to provide the safest experience possible.

  • All eligible Camp Joyful Hearts participants must be fully vaccinated to attend camp in 2022, and provide proof of vaccination before arrival on June 26th, 2022.
  • Each camper will be required to have a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours prior to arrival and provide proof of this negative test result when they arrive at camp
  • Each Cincinnati Children's employee attending camp will be fully vaccinated
  • Masks will be a part of camp this year

We will be as transparent as possible regarding planning over the coming months, so continue to check the Heart Institute Facebook page for updates. If you have specific questions, e-mail and we will do our best to answer them with the information that we have.