Camp Courage

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An Overnight Summer Camp for Craniofacial Patients

At Camp Courage, every child’s possibilities are endless. From team-building activities to individual support, this camp has something for everyone. Camp Courage gives every child the chance to experience camp, build friendships and make memories that last a lifetime.

Every child needs to feel special. We promote positive self-esteem with fun and learning. The only requirements are to laugh, play, grow and explore.

Children’s, in collaboration with Camp Twin Lakes, started Camp Courage to provide an enjoyable getaway and a terrific opportunity for patients with craniofacial issues to meet others with similar medical conditions. Many Children's employees and community volunteers will spearhead programs and activities throughout the camp to address issues, such as self-esteem and personal confidence.

2014 Camp Dates

Sunday, May 25 to Friday, May 30

Volunteers arrive May 24, and campers arrive May 25.

  • Campers - ages 7 to 15

      - Camper Fee: Camp Courage asks for a donation of $100; however, Camp Courage wants every child to be able to attend. If the suggested donation for camp is an issue, please indicate on your application that you are interested in a scholarship. The cost to Children's and Camp Twin Lakes to send a child to camp is approximately $1,000. Additional donations are always welcome.

      Medical Staff: Camp Courage will have clinical staff available 24 hours a day. Our volunteers consist of staff from Children's, as well as community volunteers committed to making Camp Courage a special weekend for your child.

      Parent Volunteers: While we are thankful parents have expressed interest in volunteering at Camp Courage, it is camp policy that parents do not volunteer during the camp session. We strongly believe camp is an excellent opportunity for your child to gain independence and self-esteem. If you would like to volunteer before camp, your time and skills would be greatly appreciated.

      Apply

      Please complete the Camper Interest Form. After you submit the interest form, we will send you an online application to complete by March 28. The interest form is not your application.

      - Submit follow up documents by April 4. The online application must be completed before submitting these follow up documents.

      - The camper application must be completed by a legal guardian of the child.

  • Leaders in Training - previous campers ages 16 and 17

      Apply

      Please complete the Leader in Training Interest Form. After you submit the interest form, we will send you an online application to complete by March 28. The interest form is not your application.

      - Submit follow up documents by April 4, in order to be eligible for an interview. An assessment of leaders in training will be held (date to be announced) at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Limited spots are available. Acceptance will be determined by May 2.

      - Please note: The camper application must be completed by a legal guardian of the child. The prospective leader in training must personally complete an additional application to be found in the follow up documents packet.

      - All leaders in training must attend a day designated for assessing team building skills, group interactions, and leadership skills (date and location to be announced). 

      - Once selected, all leaders in training are required to attend orientation.

      Fee: Camp Courage asks for a donation of $100; however, Camp Courage wants every child to be able to attend. If the suggested donation for camp is an issue, please indicate on your application that you are interested in a scholarship. The cost to Children's and Camp Twin Lakes to send a child to camp is approximately $1,000. Additional donations are always welcome.

  • Volunteers

      Volunteer Dates

      - Volunteers are required to attend Volunteer Orientation on May 3.

      - Volunteers report to camp on May 24, and support camp May 25-30.

      Volunteer Opportunities

      - Cabin Counselors: Participate in all camp activities with a group of campers. Cabin Counselors sleep in a cabin with the campers.

      - Activity Counselors: Participate in all camp activities with a group of campers and help out where needed.

      Nurses: Help distribute medications to campers, administer first aid or treatment of related medical problems as needed, communicate with family members if needed, maintain documentation and provide any appropriate management of camper health care. This includes: basic care, first aid, and any other medical needs. Note: You must provide a valid nursing license in the state of Georgia.

      Nursing/Pharmacy Students: Help medical staff to triage campers in medical lodge and act as day helpers.

      Apply

      Please complete the Volunteer Interest Form. After you submit the interest form, we will send you an online application to complete by March 28. The interest form is not your application.

      - Submit follow up documents by April 4, in order to be eligible for an interview. Note: Your application must be completed before follow up documents can be submitted.

      All volunteers are required to attend Volunteer Orientation on May 3.

      - If you are a Children's employee, please review the Children's employee camp policy.

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At Camp Courage, every child’s possibilities are endless. From team-building activities to individual support, this camp has something for everyone. Camp Courage gives every child the chance to experience camp, build friendships and make memories that last a lifetime.

 

Camp Goals

  • Increase independence in each campers' activities of daily living.
  • Provide children and young adults with craniofacial disorders opportunities they might not have to participate in activities which may not be accessible other then at camp.
  • Increase children and young adults' self-worth, self esteem and social skills. We hope campers learn to be more willing to try new things through participation in camp activities.
  • Provide activities that allow campers to see themselves as human beings and not disabled or impaired.
  • Provide parents with a respite break while providing activities that are safe, adapted and modified for the camp participants to be successful. 

Location

Camp Twin Lakes, Will-A-Way
210 S. Broad St.
Winder, GA 30680-2059
770-867-6123
Directions

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Questions?

Contact Claire Aikens.
404-785-4425
Fax: 404-785-2214

Giving

Testimonials

  • Camp Courage Read a mom's perspective on camp
  • Preston, 11, Greenwood, Miss.
    I liked all the things we did like swimming, fishing, riding bikes, climbing the rock wall, paddle boating and canoeing. The food was really great. While I was there, I met kids who had similar problems as me. It was cool to meet other kids like that. Camp Courage was really awesome. I can't wait to go back.
  • Presley, 11, Greenwood, Miss.
    I met a lot of new friends, and some of them were born with clefts just like me. We all had fun doing activities. The girls even had a fashion show. The four days went by fast, and I wanted to stay longer. I was glad to see my Mom and Dad, but I was sad to leave my new friends. I can't wait to see my friends again and maybe even meet some new ones next time.
  • Abby, 9, Warner Robins, Ga.
    I loved Camp Courage! I loved the fashion show and the paddle boats! I also liked the camp fires and s’mores. The adults were so friendly and cool!
  • Hannah, 11, Warner Robins, Ga.
    Camp Courage was awesome. I loved it so much! My favorite things there was fishing, swimming and making friends.