Summer 2019 Information

  • Who: Children and teens with childhood onset rheumatic diseases such as juvenile idiopathic arthritis who have completed first grade through high school graduation by the start of camp
  • When: June 16 - 21, 2019
  • Where: Joy Outdoor Education Center in Clarksville, OH
  • Cost: $625; financial assistance is available; no child will be turned away for financial reasons
  • What: Five-day summer residential camp
  • To apply: Check back for application form or contact Daniel Lovell at
  • Risk & Release Form: Download form
  • Medical Information Form: Download form
  • What to pack: Download list
  • Summer Food Service Program: Download Application

At Camp Wekandu, campers don’t have to worry about being different. Activities are adapted so everyone can take part and can include:

  • Archery
  • Alpine tower climb or ropes course
  • Arthritis education programs
  • Arts and crafts
  • Campfires
  • Rafting | Download Morgan's rafting release form
  • Music / singing
  • Nature study
  • Stargazing

  • Swimming (walk-in pool)

Camp Staff

Staff for Camp Wekandu includes a full-time camp director, program specialists, summer cabin counselors and auxiliary staff. The counselors are selected from experienced college-age and older individuals with a special interest in working with children with arthritis.

A pediatric rheumatologist from the Rheumatology Division at Cincinnati Children’s and a camp nurse are at camp 24 hours a day. A physical therapist or occupational therapist is at camp every day to provide group exercises, supervision of individual therapy programs and instruction in independent daily living activities.

To help the campers understand and deal with health-related problems more effectively, additional members of the rheumatology staff visit the camp daily to offer medical advice and hold group educational sessions. Rheumatology staff will meet with 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.