This program is for campers age 7 to 14.
This session is for kids with Respiratory and/or Persistent Asthma. 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. Dragonfly Forest aspires to maximize the beneficial 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.
While constant vigilance is given to the medical needs of the campers, the trappings of a medical presence are avoided everywhere. Our infirmary is located in the area of camp called “The Getaway.” The Getaway is devoid of the steely look and antiseptic smell. Clad in t-shirts and shorts, medical personnel made up of volunteer nurses, respiratory therapists and doctors (from some of the areas largest pediatric hospitals) provide round-the-clock medical coverage for our campers.
There is one adult to every two campers and medical staff who join kids in their cabins and throughout their daily activities. This also gives our medical staff a chance to interact with their patients in a unique way compared to the traditional doctors’ offices and hospitals. Dragonfly Forest is staffed by some of this area’s top medical specialty professionals, who live at the camp throughout each session.
We sleep in large cabins with all campers together with their unit counselors. Cabins have between 8-14 beds with a bathroom and shower section inside the cabins. Campers are supervised at night as well. We eat family-style in a cafeteria, and we accommodate many different eating styles, including gluten-free, casein-free, pork-free diets, etc.
Each counselor is equipped with professional radios that connect them to our medical staff instantaneously if a problem arises. In addition Getaway has golf carts to help transport any sick child who needs immediate medical care.