This is a listing of camps and retreats for children and adults with specific diagnoses, and for individuals who have a parent or a family member with a specific diagnosis. Camp-style retreats are often a place where individuals or families can get together for a period of relaxation and respite. The camps and retreats listed are not necessarily free or for financially needy children and families.
Some of these camps and retreats offer financial aid, so contact the individual camp for details. If you're looking for programs that provide general financial aid for camping or other activities, then go to the Diagnosis-Based Assistance area of NeedyMeds and search by the specific diagnosis.
The programs listed in this database include camps and retreats for individuals with one specific diagnosis, whole categories of diagnoses (such as all types of cancers) or broader chronic illnesses. Many of these camps and retreats are funded by either private or government organizations. Some camps and retreats take children and adults from anywhere in the U.S., while others are limited to people in specific states. Most have some type of eligibility requirements, usually financial ones.
How to Search for Camps
The camps are sorted four ways:
If you know of any other camps or retreats not in our database, send us the info so we can add it. You can fill out and submit the online Program Information form below:
Complete an Add a Program Information Form.
As of 03/11/2014, we have information on 1491 programs.