Camp resources for the cleft/craniofacial community
AboutFace Camp Trailblazers
1057 Steeles Avenue West
PO Box 702
North York, ON
K1J 6W1 Canada
Phone: 1-800-665-3223 Ext: 21
Camp Trailblazers provides a welcome escape for children between the ages of 8 to 18 who are living with a facial difference. It is somewhere they can spend the time together, and in the company of other kids who have similar experiences, feel comfortable in their own skin. Camp Trailblazers is the perfect environment for sharing your thoughts, feelings, and stepping out of your comfort zone.
Camp About Face
705 Riley Hospital Drive, Room 3538
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Contact: Caitlin Church
Visit the Camp About Face website.
Camp About Face provides children who were born with cleft lip and/or cleft palate or another craniofacial anomaly the chance to be themselves, make new friendships and build lasting skills that lead to a lifetime of success. Campers participate in challenging, fun and therapeutic recreational activities that are designed to boost confidence and teach self-reliance. The camp lasts for one week each summer and accepts children ages 8 through 18. A Leadership Academy is offered for campers ages 16 to 18 the weekend prior to camp that focuses on leadership, self-reflection and other skills to help with transition to adulthood.
Camp Amigo at Camp John Marc
1935 Medical District Drive, Suite F6400
Dallas, Texas 75235
Contact: Savannah Brown, PA-C
The University of Texas at Dallas
800 W. Campbell Road
Classroom Building 3
Richardson, TX 75080
Camp C.A.R.E. is a six-week opportunity for children ages 3 to 12 years with articulation and resonance errors due to craniofacial disorders or differences to receive intensive intervention in a fun atmosphere.
Contact: Ali Lawrence, MS, CCC/SLP
Registration form: Download PDF form here.
More information can be found on the Callier Center’s website here.
210 S. Broad Street, Unit 5
Winder, GA 30680
Camp Holiday Trails
400 Holiday Trails Lane
Charlottesville, VA 22903
CHT is a place where children with special medical needs & chronic illnesses and autism and/or social/communicative challenges come to have fun, challenge themselves, take safe risks, and learn to better manage their healthcare…without having to worry about being different, being excluded, or being the odd one out. We focus on the Camper, not the illness, and we’re committed to providing a positive experience for your child while they are at Camp. Please visit our website for more on Camper eligibility: www.campholidaytrails.org/
Camp Laughter at Camp Aldersgate
2000 Aldersgate Road
Little Rock AR 72202
Contact: Lucia Wesley, RN, CPN
Arkansas Children’s Hospital has a yearly 1-day camp for kids with clefts and craniofacial differences called Camp Laughter at Camp Aldersgate. Kids come with their parents and siblings and partake in various outdoor activities, allowing them to bond with others kids with the same difference.
Dell Children’s Cleft Lip/Palate Weekend Camp
1301 Barbara Jordan Blvd., #301
Austin, TX 78723
Contact: Mary Breen MS, RN
Camp Amigo is a fun-filled weekend that the Cleft Team and Austin Smiles: The Austin Plastic Surgery Foundation hosts every year at Camp for All. This is a unique camping experience that provides our patients born with cleft lip-palate the chance to be themselves, make friendships, and have a great time. Campers take part in challenging and exciting activities that inevitably enhances their confidence, independence, and self-esteem.Campers learn new skills and bond with others. Each activity is facilitated by camp counselors with members of the cleft medical team and valuable volunteers from the University of Texas and Austin’s Austin Smiles team close by to keep campers safe and make certain campers feel included, supported, and part of the fun.
Here is a link to the Camp For All website: http://campforall.org/
1100 E. Hector Street, Suite 333
Conshohocken, PA 19428
Dragonfly Forest is an overnight summer camp held at Camp Speers YMCA in the Poconos. We have one-week sessions for kids and young adults, ages 7-to-early 20s, with autism, sickle cell disease, hemophilia, persistent asthma, or 22q chromosome deletion. We have a 24/7 medical team at camp, as well as transportation available to and from the Philadelphia area. We offer tiered pricing and scholarship options to help make camp affordable for all families.
Flying Horse Farms
5260 State Route 95
Mt Gilead, OH 43338
Kids Working on H.A.R.T.
3905 Johns Creek Court, Suite 250
Suwanee, GA 30024
Offering week-long speech therapy camps for children with cleft palate, ages 18 months – 7 years.
Kids Working on H.A.R.T. focuses on teaching children the correct way to say speech sounds to help them communicate with others. Speech is taught using fun, play-based strategies including games, crafts, music, and much more. We also work with parents to establish a home-based program to continue speech practice after camp. We also offer intensive one-on-one and individualized speech therapy programs year-round.
Kids Working on H.A.R.T. is located at Kid’s Creek Therapy in Johns Creek, an up-and-coming, family-oriented community just north of Atlanta, Georgia.
For more information, please contact Marissa Habeshy, MS, CCC-SLP.
University of Florida, Craniofacial Camp
Every summer, the Craniofacial Center holds a four-day camp for children with craniofacial differences and their families who are followed in local clinics. The camp is designed to help children develop coping skills and improve self-esteem and self-confidence. The camp, which is staffed by our team members and UF graduate students, provides an opportunity for 15-25 families to spend time with specialists and other families with similar problems in an informal setting where they can ask questions, express concerns, and develop friendships. Camp Montgomery, the site of the annual camp, is located on beautiful Lake Crystal, about 40 miles east of Gainesville and the UF campus. This camp features individual cabins for families and staff, a large dining/conference hall, a covered basketball court, and extensive lake frontage for boating, fishing, and swimming. For more information on future camping opportunities, contact Ms. Ginny Dixon-Wood, camp director.