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Ventilation Assisted Camp (VACC Camp)

Last Update:12/7/2017
Contact:Division of Pediatric Pulmonology
Address:Nicklaus Children's Hospital
3200 SW 60 Court, Suite 203
Miami, FL 33155-4076
County:Out of state
Phone:(305) 662-8222
Toll Free:
Fax:(305) 663-8417

The Mission of VACC Camp is to bring campers together in the fun, friendly, happy setting where they have an opportunity to socialize with their peers, experience the acceptance of the greater community, and engage in activities that will help them realize their full potential as families and as individuals.

The Mission of VACC Camp in respect to the volunteers who make camp possible is for all volunteers to enjoy a fun, friendly, happy experience through which they develop confidence and comfort interacting with children with special needs.

Program Description

Each spring, Miami Children's Hospital hosts a free week-long overnight camp for ventilation assisted children (children needing a tracheostomy ventilator, C-PAP, BiPAP, or oxygen to support breathing) and their families. Overnight campers come from throughout the United States.


  • To provide recreation for ventilation assisted children and their families
  • To provide an opportunity for ventilation assisted children and their family members to socialize with other families who face similar challenges at home.
  • To stimulate the personal development of ventilation assisted children by expanding their world view.
  • To give ventilation assisted children and their families positive experiences interacting with the community at large
  • To create public awareness and acceptance of technology dependent children.

The program includes swimming, field trips to local attractions, campsite entertainment, structured games, "free play", and more - all to promote family growth and development while enhancing individual self-esteem and social skills. Parents have formal and informal opportunities to network among themselves.


Free including airport shuttle. Families make their own travel arrangements to/from Miami.

Medically Fragile
Ventilator Dependent
Counties Serviced
7172 Graham Road, Suite 100, Indianapolis, IN 46250 E-Mail:

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