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Camps for Kids is a Cook Children's program that offers patients and families the opportunity to experience the power of camp. While engaged in camps that are operated by camp staff as well as hospital staff, patients and families get the opportunity to get outside, participate in arts and crafts, receive medical education, and most importantly, build supportive, lasting relationships with others who shared similar life experiences. We know that due to medical challenges, many of our patients and families would not have the opportunity to participate in traditional camp experiences without Camps for Kids. That's why Cook Children's is proud to provide this service for eligible patients and families, in a safe and nurturing environment, at no cost to the family.
Camps for Kids offers several diagnosis-specific weeklong summer camps as well as many weekend retreats for families and teens throughout the fall and spring. The following are some of the camps we offer.
The mission of Camp Ailihpomeh is to serve the needs of boys from age 7 to 17 with hemophilia, providing a camping experience for a group of children who have traditionally been excluded from participating in other summer camp programs.
For camp information, contact our Child Life team
Camp Aurora is a day camp for children with diabetes ages 6-12, with a CIT program for ages 13-17. The program offers an exciting week of camp activities and valuable lessons on positive diabetes management.
Camp Broncho provides children with asthma between the ages of 7 and 12 an opportunity to enjoy summer camp in a medically safe environment while learning how to care for and take ownership of their asthma.
Camp El Tesoro de la Vida is a weeklong overnight camp for children, ages 6-17, who have experienced the death of a loved one. The program is 90 precent regular camping activities and 10 percent structured activities to assist campers through the grieving process with licensed therapists.
Our focus is to provide a safe environment where children with ADD/ADHD can interact with peers, promote social skills, enhance positive self-esteem, learn new coping skills and above all HAVE FUN!
Established in 1996, Camp Hope was the first camp for HIV-positive children in Texas. Camp Hope, a program of AIDS Foundation Houston, provides HIV-positive kids ages 7-16 from low income households the opportunity to develop important life skills needed to manage a life with HIV/AIDS in a healthy and secure environment. This is a weeklong camp in Brenham, Texas.
Camp Jubilee is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing a weeklong summer camping experience for children ages 7-14 with sickle cell disease.
Camp Lancelot is a day camp during the summer for our patients with Type 1 Diabetes. Camp Lancelot gives patients the opportunity to interact with others that have Type 1. Campers get the opportunity to participate in typical camp activities, receive medical education, and most importantly, build supportive, lasting relationships with others who shared similar life experiences.
CITs are Teens with Type 1 Diabetes who are assigned to camper groups for the day. CITs engage in activities with campers, assist counselors and nurses and serve as role models to the campers. CITs have time during the week to interact with the other teams in camp and leadership activities. CITs also have the option to stay overnight one night at camp.
Download the Camp Lancelot application here
For questions contact CampLancelot@cookchildrens.org
Camp Mak-A-Dream provides cost-free ,medically-supervised, Montana experiences, in an intimate community setting for children, teens and young adults affected by cancer. Cook Children's sponsors a trip for young adults to attend Camp Mak-A-Dream's Young Adult Conference (ages 18-40) each June.
Camp MDA is a summer camp program sponsored by the Muscular Dystrophy Association. They offer camps throughout the United States for children and teens living with the various diagnoses that fall under the Muscular Dystrophy umbrella. The camps allow these children to meet others living with similar diagnoses and to be successful at traditional camp activities, with adaptations for their individual needs. Children and teens from Cook Children's attend camp at Camp John Marc in Meridian, Texas.
Camp Moss exists to improve the quality of life for DFW-area children with cardiac disease while providing necessary daily medical treatment. Within an atmosphere of fun, our goal is to enhance the self-esteem of children with heart disease by providing a common bond through organized camp activities. We want to cultivate in each individual the attitude "I can do it."
An amazing camp where children and teens with epilepsy can feel accepted, understood and unafraid. Best of all, they get to explore nature, learn new skills, try new activities and make new friends. Camp Neuron was started in 2015.
Camp Reynal is a weeklong overnight camp held at Camp John Marc in Meridian, Texas for children ages 8-16 with chronic kidney or urological disease. Camp Reynal provides for the complexities of children with chronic kidney disease by providing onsite hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. Camp Reynal provides an exciting, encouraging and safe environment for children to grow, explore, build friendships and foster independence.
Camp Rise is a weekend getaway for teens age 14-18 (currently in HS) with Type 1 Diabetes. Here, they will have an opportunity to meet others with Type 1 while participating in fun activities, as well as, therapeutic and educational experiences
Camp Rise application form
Camp Rise insulin regimen form
Camp Sanguinity allows children being treated at Cook Children's for cancer and blood disorders to have a summer camp experience.
Every child deserves an opportunity to experience the self-esteem that comes from the fun and independence of summer camp. For children ages 8-15 with spina bifida, Camp TLC makes that vision a reality.
Camp Courage is designed especially for siblings of patients living with a chronic illness or a life changing injury. There are two camps; a day camp for school-aged brothers and sisters, and a weekend retreat for ages 13-18. These camps give kids and teens a chance to share their experiences with other siblings, to express themselves and to have a fun time that is just about them.
Camp Kindred is a weekend camp that provides an opportunity for siblings of cystic fibrosis patients to build therapeutic relationships with other siblings experiencing similar stressors. Camp Kindred allows siblings to gain support beyond the medical setting
Camp NOW offers families of Neuro-Oncology patients a weekend at Camp John Marc. It's an opportunity for the entire family to enjoy the outdoors, spend quality time together and create a sense of community.
Camp O'Hana is a weekend family camp held every year in mid-March for families of children who are survivors of childhood cancer. The weekend offers survivors and their families an opportunity to spend quality time together, meet other survivors and families and have fun celebrating their life after cancer.
Camp STAR (stepping towards amazing recovery) was created to give teens with an acquired neurological injury, disease or disorder an opportunity to socialize among peers with similar experiences.
Camp Strong is a weekend family camp held in early April and located at the scenic Camp John Marc in Meridian, Texas. This camp offers a weekend getaway for families of previous patients, ages 5-12, who have spent more than two weeks on the Transitional/Rehabilitative Care Unit (TCU/RCU) at Cook Children's Medical Center, following an acquired neurological injury.
Offers families of HIV positive patients a weekend at Camp John Marc. It is an opportunity for the entire family to spend quality time together.