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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Camps, Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Health, Health Care, Sports, Youth Development Programs

Mission: The mission of YosemiteRidge is to enrich the lives of children and families who have chronic or lifethreatening illnesses by creating a camp experience that is memorable,exciting, fun, empowering, physically safe, and medically sound.  

Geographic areas served: California

Programs: Week-long residential camps for children diagnosed with epilepsy, asthma, or obesity ages 9 through 17. Campers participate in traditional camp activities such as archery, high ropes, rock wall, arts & crafts and more.  Campers also learn more about disease management in order to improve quality of life.  All camps are staffed with volunteer medical personnel. Campers get to meet other kids that are just like them and have the opportunity to feel 'normal'.

Community Stories

1 Story from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I found Yosemite Ridge at Camp Wawona, my son and I were very excited to attend a family camp for Camp Sierra. While my son had tons of fun with other children, the parents sat in classes learning about our children's asthma. It was very educational and informative. My son was hooked and he was invited to attend camp. I was a little worried until I found out that there was a complete, volunteer medical staff on sight. I left my son in their care and he had a blast. There were constant planned activities at all times. He had no time to miss me and become homesick. He wanted to go back the following year only I told him since the camp is free to all children, it was time to give back to what they have given us. I asked to be a volunteer and do whatever was asked of me. What an enjoyable I time I had! I got to witness just what all the fun alal of the campers were having. The camp ground itself is so very beautiful and great cabins. The dining room was very clean and the food was delicious. My son is hoping to be a camper again and I would love to volunteer again and my son hopes to be a volunteer when he is old enough. We love the camp and we also love Melanie, the camp director. She is doing a excellent job being the camp director.