The Camp Joy Foundation

Making A Difference

The Camp Joy Foundation’s mission is to help turn Camp Joy’s dreams into realities. The Foundation enhances Camp Joy’s mission and programs through various fundraising efforts. There are a multitude of ways that you can help Camp Joy!

Ways you can help the children who visit Camp Joy every year.

  • Wish List – Please consider donating items from our wish list. Your donations ensure that we have the supplies needed to make camp fun for kids!

  • Volunteer Opportunities – Camp Joy provides your volunteer group with a great opportunity for community service. If your group would like to volunteer please email or call 937.289.9140.

  • Capital Initiatives – Camp Joy is on the homestretch of completing two very important initiatives that will that will enhance programs for all campers.

  • Friends of Joy – We would like to invite you to become a special member of the Camp Joy family. As a “Friend of Joy” you can share your story, speak at events, inspire donors or help coordinate fundraising efforts. Becoming a “Friend of Joy” is a great way to have fun, meet new people and help Camp Joy all at the same time!

  • Planned Giving – Leave a legacy of Joy by designating Camp Joy as a beneficiary in your will, IRA, or Life Insurance.

  • Monthly Supporters – Sign up to give recurring donations to Camp Joy. 12 gifts in 12 months adds up! Your support equals more joy and Camp Joy experiences given to the kids who need us.


Camp Joy’s DREAM BIG Scholarship

The DREAM BIG Scholarship is to support those who are pursuing their educational and vocational dreams to make an impact in their community.

Multiple scholarships of $500 and higher will be awarded that may be used for college expenses, career/vocational/technical training programs, or other educational training/programs. Preference will be given to individuals whose lives were impacted by a Camp Joy program experience.

The application process for 2021 will be announced in January.


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The Impact of Your Gift

Kyle and Daryl are best friends who met at Camp Joy through a program for youth with heart conditions. Besides having this challenge in common, both share a passion for the outdoors, helping others, and learning new skills.

“As a Camp Joy veteran, I teach camp songs to everyone who’s new and has never been here before. It makes me feel awesome because I know that when you help someone else, you just did something great.” —Daryl (pictured right)

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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 Tia a call at 513-478-9282