Camp Joy

A note from our camp committee:

We have made the difficult decision to cancel Camp Joyful Hearts and Heart Institute Family Camp in 2020.  This decision was made after careful consideration, exploring all the feasibility of all available solutions and options, and based on guidance provided by Cincinnati Children's, as well as current federal and local policies.

Camp Joyful Hearts and Heart Institute Family Camp are two of our most important and enjoyable events of the year and we are devastate to have to cancel them.  However, the safety of our campers and families is our highest priority and we feel that this is the  best decision for everyone involved.  

We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time and we look forward to hosting these events in 2021.  For questions, email  

Stay well,

The Heart Institute Camps Team


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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, as well as adult congenital heart disease patients and their families. Camper eligibility will be determined by our medical board.


Family Camp Weekend has been cancelled for 2020.  We hope to see you at camp next year.  Please follow our facebook page for updates


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; however, 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.

For questions regarding this policy, please contact