Painted Turtle Gang Camp Foundation Overview
Programs: The Painted Turtle can be a powerful intervention for children who have chronic and life-threatening illnesses. The camp’s week-long summer sessions and year-round weekends help seriously ill children gain the knowledge, skills, and support they need to lead healthier, happier lives.
Through scheduled visits to the Well Shell (the camp’s medical center), evening cabin chats, and spontaneous “teachable moments,” campers develop greater coping strategies, learn medical self-care techniques, and increase their medical compliance through intentional programming. Campers’ participation in adaptive physical activities such as horseback riding, swimming, and the high-ropes adventure course, helps them build greater confidence, self-esteem, and trust in their bodies. The Painted Turtle’s arts and crafts, performing arts, and nature programs provide campers with avenues for self-expression, creativity, and exploration.
Similar to the summer camp sessions, The Painted Turtle’s Family Weekends are designed to meet the unique needs of families with children who have chronic and life-threatening illnesses. These overnight weekends offer families respite from the stress of caring for a chronically ill child and give the whole family an opportunity to reconnect and recharge in a safe and beautiful environment.
During their time at The Painted Turtle they also get to connect with, and gain support from, others who are dealing with a similar situation. Throughout the weekends children and parents participate in educational, recreational, and community building activities.
The Painted Turtle operates nine program areas which include aquatics, archery, arts and crafts and woodshop, boating and fishing, creative and performing arts, equestrian, fun and games, nature and discovery, and a ropes adventure course.
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