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Program Details


Activities Offered
  • Bowling
  • Camp
  • Horseback Riding
  • Various Recreational Activities
  • Accessible by Public Transportation: No

  • Transportation Provided by the Program: No


The Hope with Heart organization provides a week long camp for children with heart conditions to be able to connect with other children with similar health issues, to realize that they are not alone and to enjoy their childhood as every child should. It takes people like you to make a difference in the lives of these children. Please help us in attaining our goals.

Established as a summer camp experience, Hope With Heart, provides year round support and friendships for its campers. The camp is unique because it accepts high-risk children with limited life expectancies. The camp has children with varied heart problems such as valve replacements, pacemakers and transplants. Some youngsters come to Hope With Heart with scars of abuse, guilt, and emotional trauma. Others come from well-adjusted family units. Some are foster children or children being raised in other than traditional family settings. Hope With Heart is a diverse group. Each season sees representatives of various races, ethnicity, and creeds. At Hope With Heart our philosophy and policy is simple - if a child has a serious heart problem she or he belongs at Hope With Heart. Hope With Heart works equally with every child brought to its doorstep, or rather, its swimming pool.

Hope With Heart's camp session is usually eight days in length. Counselors and other staff arrive the evening before. This provides staff an opportunity to review the needs, medical and otherwise, of their camper group. Each year, Hope With Heart, registers between thirty and forty youngsters.

A pediatric cardiologist works closely with Hope With Heart as Medical Director. He reviews all applications for appropriateness and is on call throughout the camp session. He participated in the development of a full medical protocol utilized throughout the week. Hope With Heart provides all normal camp medical needs. In addition, a heart monitor, oxygen, and other heart related medical needs are on the premises, under the supervision of the registered nurse. While campers bring their own individual medications and supplies, the nurse keeps extra medications available as prescribed by our Medical Director.

Activities may include swimming, horseback riding, bowling, science activities, modified and well-shaded sports activities, arts and crafts, nature walks, and campfires. Videos, plays, group activities, casino night (board games) etc. are planned for evenings. A clown, a karaoke player, and animal shows may visit during the week.