UC Davis Children's Hospital has compiled a list of Northern California health-related summer camps that may be a resource for its patients. UC Davis Children's Hospital does not endorse any of these third-party summer camps. If you would like to suggest a summer camp that is currently not listed, please contact hs-publicaffairs@ucdavis.edu.

California camps by medical condition

The Painted Turtle (Paul Newman Medical Foundation)

The Painted Turtle

Contact Information: Email, 866-451-5367 or 310-451-1353 (Administrative Offices 661-724-1550 (Camp Office), 661-724-1768 x 202 (Camp Admissions)
Location: Lake Hughes, CA (Los Angeles County)
Description: The Painted Turtle serves children from California and across the US who are coping with many types of chronic disease conditions including asthma, arthritis, Crohn’s and colitis, hemophilia, kidney and liver disease and transplant, Primary Immune Deficiency Disease, metabolic and genetic conditions, and skeletal dysplasia. Our goal is to provide an exhilarating, challenging, and nurturing camp experience through which children gain a greater sense of independence, self-esteem and self-reliance. The Painted Turtle aspires to maximize the therapeutic impact of camp with a state-of-the-art facility and an innovative camp program which integrates peer support and outdoor adventure with high quality medical care, supervision and education.

Camp Wamp (Stephen J. Wampler Foundation)

Camp Wamp

Contact Information: Email, 800-381-6891
Location: Coronado, CA
Description: Camp Wamp is a residential, summer camp in northern California for persons living with physical disabilities. We offer one-week sessions each summer for varying age groups. Our mission is to provide life changing experiences to children with physical disabilities.


California FairPlay
Contact Information: Alfred Brown Sr. P.O. Box 683 Rancho Murieta, CA 95683 or call 916-491-1609
Location: Camp Arroyo, in Livermore (Alameda County)
Description: California FairPlay is Northern California's Asthma Camp which offers a free annual summer camp for children between the ages of 6-12.

Camp Breathe Easy
Contact Information: Cherri Harris at 510-428-3885 ext. 4402
Location: Camp Arroyo, in Livermore (Alameda County)
Description: Camp Breathe Easy is a four-day, three-night residential camp for children ages 7-13 with asthma. Our program includes traditional camp activities as well as educational sessions on living more easily with asthma.


Camp Altitude

Contact Information: 408-243-7861 ext. 218

Location: 13851 Stevens Canyon Road, Cupertino, CA 95014
Description: Their sleepaway camps are geared toward children and teenagers who are entering the sixth through twelfth grades, while their day camp program is designed for children entering the third through fifth grades.

Blood Disorders

Camp Hemotion
Location: Camp Oakhurst, Coarsegold, CA (Madera County)
Contact Information: Hemophilia Foundation of Northern California  6400 Hollis Street, Ste 6 Emeryville, CA 94608   510-658-3324 info@hemofoundation.org
Description: Camp Hemotion is a summer camp for children with bleeding/clotting disorders.

Burn Survivor

Firefighters Kids Camp 
Contact Information: Contact Marcos Reyes at ka@ffburn.org or 916-739-8525.
Location: Camp Arroyo, Livermore CA (Alameda County)
Description: Our mission is to provide young burn survivors with a fun and safe camp environment that encourages healing, personal growth and character development within a natural setting.


Camp Sunshine Dreams 
Contact Information: P.O. Box 28232, Fresno, CA or Email
Location: Fresno, CA 
Description: Camp Sunshine Dreams is designed to offer the child who has cancer a camp experience as similar as possible to the typical summer camp experience.

Camp Okizu
Contact Information: 16 Digital Drive, Suite 130, Novato, CA 94949 415-382-9083 or Email
Location: Berry Creek, CA (Butte County, CA)
Description: Camp Okizu is committed to the continuing support of the childhood cancer community through its Oncology and Sibling camping programs, Family weekends, Bereavement programs and Teen & Young Adult programs.

Camp Kesem
Contact Information: Email 530-212-0174
Location: 1 Shields Drive, Davis, CA
Description: Camp Kesem is a college student run summer camp for kids with a parent who has (or has had) cancer.  Our one-week sleep away camps are a chance for kids 6-16 to have a fun-filled week and just be kids.

Cystic Fibrosis

Mauli Ola
Contact Information: Bobby Serna, Surf Experience Director: 949-356-1915 or  Email
Location: Laguna Beach, CA
Description : The Mauli Ola Foundation began as a group of surfers who banded together to introduce surfing as a natural treatment to people with cystic fibrosis. Since 2007, Mauli Ola has taken nearly 1,300 CF patients surfing at nearly 100 Surf Experience Days and has now expanded its reach with hospital visits and other activities that touch the lives of kids with cancer and a variety of other health challenges. Also willing to send surf memorabilia, signed posters, hats etc. to kids who have an interest in surfing.

Deaf/Hard of Hearing

Camp Grizzly
Contact Information: 916-349-7500 Email
Location: Camp Lodestar, Wilseyville, CA (Calaveras County).
Description: Camp Grizzly is a summer camp for deaf, hard of hearing and KODA (Kids of Deaf Adults) youth.


Camp McCumber
Contact Information: 530-474-4896
Location: Lake McCumber (just seven miles east of Shingletown), CA .
Description: Camp McCumber helps kids adjust to their situation and learn how to take care of themselves while living a normal lifestyle.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease/Crohn's Disease/Ulcerative Colitis

Camp Gut Busters (Northern California)
Contact Information: 925-455-5118 or Email
Location: Camp Arroyo, Livermore (Alameda County)
Description: Camp Gut Busters' is a free, one week camp that provides a fun camp experience for children with Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, also known as Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. Camp Gut Busters is staffed throughout the week by physicians and nurses with expertise in IBD. In addition, we have volunteer camp counselors, who are often IBD patients themselves - giving them an insight into the issues associated with IBD.

Grief and Bereavement

The Solace Tree (Lake Tahoe/Reno)
Contact Information:  775-324-7723 or Email
Location: Reno, NV
Description: Helping Children and Teens Cope with the Death of a Loved One — The Solace Tree offers peer support groups for children, teens and adults; counseling; grief camp; children’s bereavement network.

Camp Erin
Contact Information: 650-321-5272 or Email
Location: Camp Arroyo, Livermore (Alameda County)
Description: Camp Erin is a free, weekend grief camp designed for children ages 6-17 who have experienced the death of a family member or friend. Our 2 days and 2 nights at camp are filled with traditional fun camp activities combined with grief education and emotional support — facilitated by grief professionals and trained volunteers.

Heart Disease

Camp Taylor
Contact Information: 209-581-0414 or Email 
Location:  8224 Grayson Road, Modesto
Description: Camp Taylor holds a Youth Camp, Teen Camp and Family Camp for children with heart disease. All camps are held in Turlock. Camp for children with congenital heart disease. Visit camp website for dates and descriptions. 

Camp Odayin (Minnesota and Wisconsin)
Contact Information: P.O. Box 2068, Stillwater, MN 55082, 651-351-9185 or Email
Description: Camp Odayin provides fun, safe and supportive camp experiences and community building opportunities for young people with heart disease and their families. This camp has locations in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Neurodevelopmental Disorders

MIND Institute Summer Camp Program
Contact Information: emroseborough@ucdavis.edu or 916-703-0222
Description: This camp is geared toward children ages 6 through 12, who are diagnosed with a neurodevelopmental disorder. Children will engage in recreational activities and group play. The camp will offer group games, craft activities, yoga, music therapy and more. Children will be selected through a lottery system.



National/Other states

American Camp Association

The American Camp Association provides a clearinghouse of accredited camps for different health conditions. Search by geographic location, overnight/day camp, or health condition.
Contact Information: 800-428-2267


Camp Mak-A-Dream, (Montana)
Contact Info: 406-549-5987 or Email
Description: Medically Supervised, Cost-free Montana experience for those affected by Cancer. Kids Camp, Sibling Camp, Teen Camp, Heads up conferences, adult retreats.


The Jack Rua Camp (Massachusetts)
Contact Info: 774-627-2506 ext. 4506 
Location: Fall River, MA
Description: The Jack Rua Camp for Children with Diabetes is a friendly place where youth with diabetes, ages 5-14, their siblings and friends benefit from hands-on learning experiences in diabetes management and support within a fun and welcoming environment. Our mission is to foster friendships among children with diabetes, their siblings and friends through a safe, active program while enabling them to learn about and face the common challenges of diabetes.


Camp Comfort Zone (National)
Contact Information: 866-488-5679
Description: The free camps include confidence building programs and age-based support groups that break the emotional isolation that grief often brings on. Comfort zone camps are offered to children 7-17, and are held year round across the country.

The Solace Tree (Lake Tahoe/Reno)
Contact Information: 775-324-7723 or Email
Location: Reno, NV
Description: Helping Children and Teens Cope with the Death of a Loved One — The Solace Tree offers peer support groups for children, teens and adults; counseling; grief camp; children’s bereavement network.

Chronic Illness

Camp Buck

18 Stewart Street
Reno, NV 89501
Contact Information: 775-856-3839 or Email

Description: A week-long summer camp for children ages 7-14 diagnosed with diabetes. A CIT camp is offered for children ages 15-17. Camp Buck is held at a state of the art camp facility located just outside of Portola California at Grizzly Creek Ranch. Accepts campers from anywhere in the country.

Camp del Corazon

11615 Hesby Street
North Hollywood, CA 91601 
Phone: 818-754-0312 or Email

Description: Camp del Corazon Inc. is a 501(c)(3) Non-profit corporation, providing a free of charge summer camp for children with heart disease. All proceeds are spent on the camp, and it's programming, and staffed entirely by volunteers.

Camp Kindle

28245 Avenue Crocker, Suite 104
Santa Clarita, CA 91355 
Phone: 877-800-2267 or Email

Description: Camp for children and teens ages 7-18 either infected with HIV or AIDS or have an infected sibling, parent or primary caregiver. Traditional camp is for ages 7-12, Leaders in Training (LIT) is for ages 13-15, and Counselors in Training (CIT) is for ages 16-18. Camp Kindle's primary mechanism for achieving its purpose is through camping events held in Nebraska and California. The camps provide HIV infected and affected youth residing throughout the Central and Western United States with a safe and accepting refuge from the challenges of living with HIV.

Camp Cartwheel

2915 Lake East Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89117

Contact Information: 702-735-8434 or Email

Description: Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation’s Camp Cartwheel at Torino Ranch is an outdoor three-night camp experience designed to help children with cancer or other critical illnesses as well as their siblings overcome the physical, mental and emotional obstacles posed by childhood disease.  Camp Cartwheel at Torino Ranch provides a relief from the stress of hospitals.

Camp Arroyo

Livermore, CA

Contact Information: 925-455-5118 or Email

Description: Camp Arroyo is a unique camp experience, where kids with special needs are free to just be kids. No conforming, no hiding, no being singled out as “different.” Camp Arroyo provides a safe, nurturing environment, filled with positive energy and support. It’s a place where kids are surrounded by children with similar conditions, and where individuality is not taboo, but celebrated.

Dream Street Kids Camp

Contact Information: 424-333-1371 or Email

Dream Street provides camping programs for children, ages 4-14, with chronic and life threatening illnesses. Programs operated in California, Arkansas, New Jersey, Mississippi and Arizona. All Dream Street programs are free of charge.