The American Academy of Dermatology’s Camp Discovery program is a unique opportunity for children with chronic skin conditions to experience the joys of summer camp while receiving medical care and support. Established in 1993, the program has served thousands of children across the United States. The program was initially created to provide a safe and supportive environment for children with skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, vitiligo, and alopecia. Since then, it has expanded to include children with other chronic illnesses, such as asthma, diabetes, and Crohn’s disease.
Does Camp Discovery have requirements to attend?
To register for Camp Discovery, children must be between the ages of 8 and 16 and have a chronic skin condition or a related chronic illness.
How much does Camp Discovery cost?
The cost to attend the camp is free for all campers, as the program is funded entirely by donations from the American Academy of Dermatology and other sponsors.
Where is Camp Discovery located?
Camp Discovery offers 5 camps over the summer with locations in Crosslake, Minnesota, Millville, Pennsylvania, Burton, Texas, and Hebron, Connecticut.
What do kids experience at Camp Discovery?
At Camp Discovery, children will experience a variety of activities, including swimming, horseback riding, arts and crafts, and sports. They will also receive medical care from dermatologists and other healthcare professionals who volunteer their time and expertise to the program. In addition to the fun activities and medical care, Camp Discovery offers a unique opportunity for children with chronic skin conditions to connect with others who share their experiences. Many campers report feeling isolated or misunderstood by their peers, and Camp Discovery provides a supportive community where they can feel accepted and understood.
What are the benefits of my child attending Camp Discovery?
Camp Discovery is designed to help campers build self-confidence and self-esteem. Children with chronic skin conditions often face stigma and negative attitudes from others, which can have a significant impact on their mental health. By providing a positive and accepting environment, Camp Discovery helps children build resilience and learn to appreciate their unique qualities.
Camp Discovery program provides a valuable opportunity for children with chronic skin conditions to experience the joys of summer camp while receiving medical care and support. By connecting with others who share their experiences and building self-confidence and self-esteem, campers are better equipped to manage their conditions and thrive.
If you have a child who could benefit from this program, we encourage you to explore the registration process and consider applying for Camp Discovery.