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Summer Camps

Summer Camps for Kids with Special Needs

Kids Activities in Tennessee

Summer brings challenges to parents of children with medical conditions as they look for a summer camp that can safely accommodate their child. East Tennessee Children's Hospital realizes the importance of a summer camp experience for all children, so we have camps to provide fun-filled days for children with specific medical conditions.

Be sure to check our events calendar to find out when our camps will be held each summer and how you can register.

Camp Cure

Camp Cure - Camp for kids with diabetesCamp Cure provides a safe and fun environment for children ages 5 - 12 with diabetes. Campers enjoy arts and crafts, swimming and sports led by Children's Hospital specialists and camp staff. Campers learn about diabetes, how to manage their diabetes and how to deal with feelings about diabetes. Campers are divided into groups based on their grade in school and maturity. Each group is closely supervised by adults and junior counselors.

Camp Cure is June 11-15 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Kiwanis Fresh Air Camp (2400 Prosser Rd. Knoxville, TN 37914). The cost for camp is $25 No fee is required for the second or third camper from the same family. Early registration fee is $20.

Click here to register for Camp Cure! Registration deadline is May 25, 2018.

Donald M. Gally Summer Camp

The Donald M. Gally Summer Camp is 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 about the Donald M. Gally Summer Camp, call 865-690-8961. The cost is free, and registration is available online beginning May 1.

  • Week 1 (Ages 5-9) July 16 - 20, 2018
  • Week 2 (Ages 10-14) July 23 - 27, 2018

Click here to register for the Donald M. Gally Summer Camp!

Camp Eagle's Nest

Patients from the Children's Hospital Hematology/Oncology Clinic make Camp Wesley Woods in Townsend, Tennessee their home for one week. 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 about Camp Eagle's Nest, call 865-541-8476.

  • Camp Dates: July 29 - Aug 2, 2018

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