At the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, Camp Oasis is close to the hearts of all of us. And one of our top priorities is always the health and safety of our campers, volunteers, and staff. Unfortunately, after careful review of the national trends and important guidelines concerning COVID-19, along with discussions with our trusted medical advisors, the Foundation has made the difficult decision that we cannot host residential camp sessions this year. We know that our campers, volunteers, and Foundation staff look forward to these life-changing weeks at camp every year, and I assure you, this decision was not made lightly.
However, we are excited to launch a virtual Camp Oasis program for our campers this summer! Registration is now open to all age eligible kids and teens with IBD.
A fun place for learning, playing, and healing
Dealing with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) as a child is even more challenging. That is why the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation proudly established Camp Oasis exclusively for children with IBD over 15 years ago.
This residential summer camp program enriches the lives of children with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis by providing them with a safe and supportive camp community. Watch the video below to learn more!
A life-changing experience
Since all of the campers (and many of the adults) at Camp Oasis are living with IBD, our supportive community allows them to:
- See that they are not alone
- Try all sorts of new sports and activities
- Create friendships with people who truly understand them
- Gain confidence and independence
- Put aside their troubles, and just be a kid
Outstanding medical care
Our volunteer physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals are available for 24-hour care, and work to ensure campers follow the regimen prescribed by their doctors back home.
A quality program
Camp Oasis was built upon the highest standards of care, and offers activities that appeal to every taste:
- Visual and performing arts
- Land and water sports
- High ropes and other outdoor adventures
- Leadership development (for our oldest participants)
Our schedule also allows your children plenty of time to relax, get to know one another, and share the best medicine of all — laughter!
The Foundation carefully screens and trains all volunteer staff — many of whom are adults also living with IBD. These responsible and empathetic individuals work hard to ensure that every camper feels safe, comfortable, and has the time of their lives.
Remember, you and your child are not alone in the IBD desert. Find a Camp Oasis nearest you!