Family Camps

Camp Joy partners with organizations and hospitals to help children and their families manage a medical condition/illness through weekend camp and retreat experiences. Some of the benefits of a Family Camp include:

  • Family Unity: Provides families with an opportunity to create memories together in a fun setting.

  • Education: Educates children/families about the illness in a non-medical setting.

  • Relationship Building: Provides an opportunity for children/families to learn and bond with other managing a similar condition.

  • Fun! Wholesome outdoor recreation, creative arts, and adventure activities.

Family Camp Registration 2022 – Now Closed

Friday, May 15 – Sunday, May 17, 2020

Thank you to all who joined us for another great year at Family Camp.  We are already looking forward to next year!

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About Family Camp Weekend

Family Camp Weekend is designed specifically for families of children affected with heart disease. The weekend is full of fun family activities, informational sessions for parents and sharing with other families who have had similar experiences. Activities are planned throughout the day for all ages.


Families of children ages 0-21 affected by congenital or acquired heart disease, as well as adult congenital heart disease patients and their families. Camper eligibility will be determined by our medical board.


Family Camp Weekend 2020 will be held Friday, May 15 – Sunday, May 17.  Registration will open in the spring.  Please follow our facebook page for updates.


Joy Outdoor Education Center in Clarksville, Ohio, located about 50 minutes north of downtown Cincinnati on 315 acres of beautiful countryside. Hiking trails, a fishing pond, high ropes courses and an indoor climbing wall are just a few of the amenities that Camp Joy has to offer.


Charming, rustic cabins with bunk beds and modern shower and bath facilities. Two to three families per cabin. All meals will be provided.


Children and adolescents ages 8 and up may stay in a cabin without their parents; however, parents must be present at the camp. Camp Joy counselors will be supervising children enjoying the minicamp option. Space in the minicamp is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Cancellation Policy

Families registered for Family Camp needing to cancel their reserved spots will need to do so by Monday, May 11. This advance notice is necessary to allow families on the wait list to have the opportunity to attend with one week’s notice. If you do not cancel your camp registration by the deadline, you will not be able to register for Family Camp 2020 without permission from the Camp Leadership Team.


One-on-One Quality Time for Younger Kids.

Operation Purple Buddy Camp (OPBC) allows military children, aged 5-8, to have their own unique Operation Purple Camp experience, understanding that younger kids may not be ready for an entire week of camp away from their family.


Every year, Cancer Family Care organizes Camp Courage, a one-day camp experience for children between the ages of 5 to 14 who have been impacted by a cancer diagnosis in the family or by a loss due to cancer. Camp Courage is also open to childhood cancer survivors.

Campers are divided into groups according to age and participate in a variety of therapeutic activities throughout the day. Older children can also participate in a high ropes course experience.

Cancer Family Care’s main office provides transportation to and from Camp Joy.

JUNE 1, 2019 ⋅ CAMP JOY

For more information:
Holly Eary
Cancer Family Care
4790 Red Bank Expressway, Suite 128
Cincinnati, OH 45227
Phone: (513) 731-3346

You will be required to sign release/waiver forms in order for your child to participate in Camp Courage. Please download the required release formwaiver form and the optional food service form and bring them when dropping off your child. If someone else will be dropping off your child, please make arrangements with them to bring the forms. If you cannot print the attached forms and bring them, they will be available upon drop-off.

Camp Courage is staffed by camp counseling professionals and volunteers. All adults participating have undergone background checks for your child’s safety. If your child needs individual care during the day, please contact Holly Eary at Cancer Family Care at 513-731-3346, extension 111, or to discuss your child’s special needs. Depending on the severity of your child’s needs, we may or may not be able to serve your child. Parents/guardians are not permitted to accompany their child throughout the day.


The HealthWorks! Camps Out program is for children and teens participating in the Center for Better Health and Nutrition (CBHN) at Cincinnati Children’s.

HealthWorks! Camps Out is a week-long overnight summer camp where participants learn to eat healthy and stay active while having fun and making friends in a positive and supportive social environment. The camp menu follows our Healthy Eating Plan which encourages “right-size” portions of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy, lean proteins and heart-healthy fats. Our team works closely with the staff at Camp Joy to provide a variety of daily indoor and outdoor activities that make for a fun-filled week to create lasting memories.

If your child or teen is currently participating in programs in the Center for Better Health and Nutrition and is eligible for Camps Out, you will receive a mailing in February with information including camp dates and registration.


Dates: July 18-21, 2019 (Father/Daughter) August 8-11, 2019 (Father/Son)




Vistage Cincinnati and Camp Joy have teamed up to offer a Camp Joy weekend for Vistage members and the special kids in their lives. It’s an action-packed three days of archery, art, ropes course derring-do, swimming, hiking, fishing, s’mores, campfires and activities designed to cultivate leadership qualities in your kiddo. Based on the long-running YPO Family Program, Vistage Family Camp gives you and the young person in your life the opportunity to gain confidence by challenging yourselves together in a safe and nurturing environment, develop leadership skills, build trust and new friendships, restore yourselves in nature, and have fun!


Dates: October 5-6, 2019

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We went to Camp Joy to learn teamwork and to have fun learning. My favorite activity was the underground railroad reenactment because it seemed so real, and it just comes to show how bad slaves were really treated. I personally learned how to deal with people that I’m stuck with or with people that don’t like too much. Camp Joy affected my school year in a way that I would work together much better with people. Camp Joy was a lot of fun.

Noah C., Camper

Thank you for for being my trail group leader. Throughout my time at Camp Joy you helped me and led us through our groups’ difficult times. You were also really fun singing all of those songs while we were hiking. I also thought that you were really good in the Underground Railroad play through. You probably would have caught us because of the way that we had escape. Thank you for helping me throughout Camp Joy, you should always know that I will never forget Camp Joy because of you.

Morgan C, Camper

Thank you again for providing our campers with a phenomenal experience. It is always a great opportunity for them to connect with other campers who share in their same medical condition and make lasting friendships with their peers.

Social Worker, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

The excitement of learning and growing at Camp Joy all begins with our first connection with you.

We are excited to get the opportunity to meet you and show you camp! If it is easier, just give Danielle a call at 937-289-2031