Friday, May 19 - Sunday, May 21


The Heart Institute Family Camp Weekend is currently full. To register for the waitlist, please click here and follow these steps:

  1. Select "WAITLIST" for EACH family member (cardiac child, parent/guardian, sibling, etc.) you would like to place on the waitlist.
  2. Once you have selected "WAITLIST" for EACH family member, click "CONTINUE."
  3. Answer registration questions for EACH family member to be placed on the waitlist.
  4. After you submit the completed forms for EACH family member, you will be placed on the waitlist for Family Camp Weekend and notified if spots become available.

Please contact Ali Barnes at 513-803-1841 or with questions.

> Register for the waitlist

About Family Camp Weekend

Family Camp Weekend 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.


Families of children ages 0-21 affected by congenital or acquired heart disease. Camper eligibility will be determined by our medical board.


Family Camp Weekend will take place May 19-21. Onsite registration and check-in will begin at 6 pm (no arrivals after 9 pm unless prearranged) 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!


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.


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


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.

Cancellation Policy

Thanks to the generous support of our donors and the Heart Institute, we are thrilled to once again offer Family Camp for free for all participants. However, due to a large number of no-shows in 2016, a new cancellation policy has been implemented for 2017. We believe that this is a necessary step to provide the families and campers on our wait lists every opportunity to join the fun when space becomes available.

Families registered for Family Camp needing to cancel their reserved spots will need to do so by Monday, May 12 at 11:59pm EST. This action will allow families on the wait list to have the opportunity to attend with at least one week’s notice. If you do not cancel your camp registration by May 12, you will not be able to register for Family Camp 2018 without permission from the Camp Leadership Team.

For questions regarding this policy, please contact