Capital Initiatives

Our current initiative are designed to enhance programming and increase the quality of a Camp Joy experience.

Camp Joy strives to continually improve and expand services through various initiatives in order to meet our programming needs while giving our campers the best experience possible.

Arts Initiative Complete – Thank You, Donors!

Thanks to our generous sponsors and donors, the Arts Initiative raised over $400,000 broadening arts programming for all of our campers. Campers are now offered more new and creative arts activities to explore personal healing, self-expression, and healthy living choices.

“Introducing more expressive arts activities for the campers would significantly enhance the camp experience and the youth would benefit greatly from these improvements.”
—Karen Martin, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Cancer & Blood Institute

With a lead gift from the Scripps Howard Foundation Camp Joy was able to renovate and expand the Scripps Howard Creative Arts Center. The expansion has resulted in more children with medical challenges and from low-income backgrounds ability to participate in arts programming. Through this initiative more expressive and creative arts program options will be available to complement outdoor activities.

The original Creative Arts Center (only 600 sq. ft.) was expanded with a 2,000+ sq. ft. addition, dedicated in June 2016, which included accessibility improvements, restrooms, and a covered porch. The initiative also includes investments in new expressive and creative arts equipment. One component of this campaign included funding for the endowment which will be used to target sustained arts programming.

Expanded Activities Include:

  • Adaptive music programs for campers with medical challenges

  • Enhanced expressive arts programming (ex: dance, drama, music)

  • Culinary arts with healthy cooking activities

  • More elaborate creative/visual arts activities (painting, drawing, clay work)

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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