Save the date for 2021 Camp Joyful Hearts:
Sunday, June 27th - Friday, July 2nd

We are excited to announce that we have begun planning for 2021 Camp Joyful Hearts. 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.

Unsurprisingly, Camp Joyful Hearts will need to look a little different in 2021. Specifically, here is what we know so far:

  • 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
  • Camp Joy is working toward a plan to have all employees fully vaccinated
  • Each CCHMC employee attending camp will be fully vaccinated
  • Masks will be a part of camp this year
  • As a measure of precaution, Camp Joyful Hearts will be the only overnight program on-site at Camp Joy during this week of camp

COVID-19 Vaccines: What You Need to Know

Two COVID vaccines are available now. The Pfizer vaccine has been authorized for people 16 years old and above. Moderna’s COVID vaccine has been approved for people 18 and older. Learn more here.

Registration will open in early May.

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

About Camp Joyful Hearts

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.