Update on Camp Wonder 2020

Over the last few months, our board of directors and medical staff has been diligently monitoring the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, taking into consideration the vulnerability of children with chronic illness that we serve at Camp Wonder.  Today, The Taylor Family Foundation, who grants us use of their site, announced their decision to cancel all summer sessions for 2020. We completely support their decision as it was made out of respect and concern for the health and well-being of all camp attendees.

Over the last 20 years, our priority has, and will forever remain, the safety of our campers and staff, which could be at risk given current scientific evidence on contagiousness of COVID-19 and its risk to those with underlying health issues.  You have always put your loved ones in our care.  We want to honor your trust and continue to earn it.

Camp Wonder has created a community and family rooted in support and acceptance for those with skin disease.  To continue that mission during this temporary change, we will host Camp Wonder virtual activities over the next few months. 

Thank you for your support now and always! You are truly what makes Camp Wonder special and whom we want to protect! We look forward to seeing you at Camp Wonder 2021, where we will celebrate our 20th anniversary of Wonder and the magic you have all helped to build.

Wishing you and your families health and safety. 

CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT OUR VIRTUAL PROGRAMMING FOR CAMP WONDER 2020

Childhood without limits

Each year, children with chronic and life-threatening skin diseases from around the country take a break from being a patient for a week and focus on just being a kid. Camp Wonder is a special place free of judgement and stares! We create an environment of acceptance and support to empower the children to be themselves.

Beneath the layers

Too often children with skin disease live a buried life – either by clothes or under bandages to hide their fragile medical conditions. Their life is full of pain and misunderstandings that surrounds their skin disease. But for one week, they can forget about being a patient. Forget about the staring. Forget about being so different from their peers. At Camp Wonder, they are part of the crowd. They all have the same stories about being bullied because they look different, and it's that emotional pain we treat more than anything. Beneath all the layers, they are still just kids who want to experience life without feeling isolated – and at Camp Wonder, that is what we give them: childhood without limits.

 

A week of wonder

Camp Wonder provides a safe, nurturing environment filled with positive energy and acceptance so our campers can be comfortable in their skin, rather than singled out for being different. We give them the opportunity to play sports, go swimming, climb a rock wall, do arts and crafts, go to the "prom" - activities these kids would otherwise never get to experience because skin diseases cause discomfort, pain, disfigurement, disability, and shame. We give them a week of wonder to empower them to believe that their disease does not define them.

Since we recognize that these families already take responsibility for most of the financial burden for medical treatment, Camp Wonder is free of charge. We cover all costs, including round-trip transportation. Camp Wonder is able to offer this due to the from our generous supporters!

 

 If you are a parent, camper, medical volunteer or counselor volunteer interested in coming to camp, please see our FAQs page for more information or our referral page to get on the application list for the next camp.

 

 

WONDERful Memories

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