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CHAMP Camp

Last Update:9/1/2017
Contact:Jennifer Kobylarz
Title:Executive Director
Address:704 S State Road 135
Suite D298
Greenwood, IN 46143
County:Johnson
Phone:(317) 679-1860
Toll Free:
Fax:(317) 245-2291
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E-Mail:
Website:www.champcamp.org
Mission
CHAMP Camp provides a week-long, summer camp experience for children and adolescents with tracheostomies and those who require technological respiratory assistance.

Our campers enjoy and fully participate in outdoor summer camp activities including swimming, canoeing and climbing that encourage independence, confidence, and self-esteem to create memories that last a lifetime.
Program Description
CHAMP Camp is a summer camp for children and adolescents with special needs: CHAMP Campers have tracheostomies or need ventilator assistance, and most face physical challenges, such as quadriplegia. The camp is held at Bradford Woods in Martinsville, Indiana.

Generally, campers are 6-18 years of age, both chronologically and developmentally. We give these children a unique opportunity to experience the wonder and beauty of nature.

CHAMP Campers will watch a turtle bask in the sunshine. They'll see rainbows and smell flowers and trek through the mud. They'll learn about acorns and hawks and campfire songs. It's a chance for them to have ---all the fun of a typical overnight summer camp, independent of family. And they do so with counselors who are qualified to provide the technological and medical assistance such children need.

CHAMP Camp activities are orchestrated to our campers' abilities, to let them safely try and succeed at new endeavors. And our program is rich with adventure and challenge. CHAMP Campers experience fishing, pontoon boating, hot air ballooning, horseback riding, creative arts, music, nature and outdoor living skills, animal and stream study, swimming, photography, archery and more.

At Champ Camp, no one is different and no one has to sit on the sidelines. Our campers share vulnerable health conditions and they learn to share even more. Not only does camp become a normal life experience; CHAMP Camp is a place where it is typical to have a trach, a vent, or something of the like. We let kids be kids. Together, they learn about friendship, independence, self-esteem, self-discipline, trust and being part of a community. Lasting friendships blossom as CHAMP Campers cheer each other on. CHAMP Camp counselors are health professionals in summer camp clothing. They are at camp as friends first to play and be silly and share special moments; to help write a letter home or sing a song; or just to walk and talk. As skilled, caring professionals, they also are there to monitor and provide medical necessities. The ratio of counselors to campers is two-and-one-half to one, a good mix for both caring and sharing. Our care is round-the-clock. Even so, we make a considerable effort not to smother, hover over our enthusiastic campers. Within safe bounds, CHAMP campers have the freedom to direct their own summer camp experience. 75% percent of our counselors are nurses, teachers, respiratory therapists, physical therapists, occupational therapist, social workers, speech/language pathologist, child life specialists and physicians. We house ourselves each year at a camp site accredited by the American Camp Association.

Actual dates vary from year to year. Counselors arrive prior to the camper for orientation. After a week of full participation, we all end the experience together.

Visit our website for dates and more information.
Financial
Each Family is asked to contribute $250 toward the cost of camp but no one is turned away for inability to pay. CHAMP Camp is a private, non-profit organization. All contributions are tax deductible.
Services
Camp
Medically Fragile
Tracheostomy
Ventilator Dependent
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Entire State
Out of state
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