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Summer Camps

Bringing Fun to Kids With Special Needs


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

2021 Camp Cure Bearing It Together is Coming!

East Tennessee Children's Hospital is excited to announce that Camp Cure is BACK for 2021 and our theme this year will be a Hawaiian Luau!

Camp Cure Bearing it Together, provides a safe and fun environment for children with diabetes. Campers enjoy arts and crafts, swimming and sports led by Children’s Hospital specialists and camp staff.

We help them:                    

  • Manage their diabetes.
  • Deal with how they feel about their diabetes.
  • Learn about their diabetes.

Campers are divided into groups based on their grade in school and overall maturity. Each group is closely supervised by adults and specially trained nursing staff.

2021 Camp Cure is Coming!

Camp Cure in 2021 will be a Hawaiian Luau!Camp Cure in 2021 will be a Hawaiian Luau!East Tennessee Children's Hospital is excited to announce that Camp Cure is BACK for 2021 and our theme this year will be a Hawaiian Luau!

Dates and Times:

  • June 21 and 22 for rising kindergarten- rising 3rd graders
  • June 23-25 for rising 4th- rising 8th graders
  • Hours: 8:15am to 3:00pm

Registration for the 2021 Camp is Open!

Register Now

Donald M. Gally Summer Camp

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The Donald M. Gally Summer Camp is a day camp for children with special needs ranging from 5-14 years of age. Campers enjoy activities such as arts and crafts, swimming, and outdoor recreational games directed by staff therapists, special education teachers, a camp nurse, and adaptive recreation specialists. For more information about the Donald M. Gally Summer Camp, call 865-690-8961.

NOTE: We are very sorry, but the Donald M. Gally Summer Camp is Cancelled for 2021. Please keep an eye on this page for information regarding next year's camp.

Camp Eagle's Nest

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Camp Eagle's Nest to be held in 2021

Camp Eagle's Nest will welcome campers for a day camp experience during the summer of 2021. 

  • WHEN: Friday, July 23 - Saturday, July 24, 2021
  • WHERE: University of Tennessee campus

Camp Eagle's Nest is home for patients from the Children's Hospital Hematology/Oncology Clinic. Camp Eagle's Nest offers campers plenty of time to enjoy the outdoors. 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.

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

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