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Summer Camps

Summer Camps

Summer brings challenges to parents of children with special needs as they look for a summer camp that can safely accommodate their child. Children's Hospital realizes the importance of a summer camp experience for all children, so three camps provide fun-filled days for children with special needs.


July 7-11, 2014

This camp takes place each July at the Karns Community Youth Center in Knox County for Children's Hospital patients with diabetes. The day camp features swimming; arts and crafts; sports and recreational fun; and educational games and activities for children to learn more about living with diabetes. One of the most important aspects of diabetes camp is during the week of camp, all the children in attendance are just like everyone else there. They are all diabetic, so they understand each other and do not feel different.

Times are 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for children ages 5-12 years. Cost for regular day camp is $20. This year's space-focused theme is "Happy Holidays!" Children 11-12 years old have the opportunity to attend an optional overnight outing Friday afternoon through Saturday afternoon for $60 per child. For more information on Camp Cure, call Children's Hospital at (865) 541-8281.


July 7-11, 2014 (Ages 5-9)
July 14-18, 2014 (Ages 10-14)

The Donald M. Gally Summer Camp is held each July for children with special needs. Campers enjoy activities such as arts and crafts, swimming and games directed by staff therapists, special education teachers and adaptive recreation specialists. The Donald M. Gally Summer Camp takes place at the Kiwanis Club Fresh Air Camp on Prosser Road in Knoxville from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. The camp is provided at no charge. For more information, contact the Children's Hospital Rehabilitation Center at (865) 690-8961.


July 27-31, 2014

Patients from the Children's Hospital Hematology/Oncology Clinic make Camp Wesley Woods in Townsend their home for one week each July or August. Camp Eagle's Nest offers campers plenty of time to enjoy the outdoors by riding horses, canoeing, rock climbing, tubing and much more. A talent show and karaoke provide spirited entertainment for the campers after the sun goes down. Campers also get a chance to interact with their camp counselors, who are nurses and other clinical staff from Children's Hospital. Camp Eagle's Nest is free for patients, thanks to financial and in-kind contributions to the camp and funding from Children's Hospital. For more information on Camp Eagle's Nest, call Children's Hospital at (865) 541-8476.

To support these camps, contact the Children's Hospital Development Department at (865) 541-8441.