Specialty Camps

The Joy Experience

  • Gain interpersonal and personal skills, increase self-confidence and social skills.

  • Experience healthy challenges from living in cabins to tackling high ropes courses.

  • Developing lasting relationships as role models.

  • And most importantly have LOTS of FUN!

Camp Dates 2020 – Registration Closed

Serving children and their families with a congenital or acquired heart disease.  (Ages 8-18)

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A bereavement camp through Cincinnati Children’s Starshine Hospice that brings families together to build bonds, make memories, and have fun.

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A day-long program for children impacted by a cancer diagnosis in the family or by a loss due to cancer. Camp Courage is also open to childhood cancer survivors. (Ages 5-14)

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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.

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A camp for children who are overweight focused on making good life choices regarding food and exercise. (Ages 9-13)

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A program for those with spina bifida to build connections, enjoy nature, and learn from one another.

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This camp is designed for children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis and related diseases. (Ages 7-16)

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A special summer group-counseling program for children ages 7-17 is also available. Camp Pathways is an overnight weekend camp experience held at Camp Joy.

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A camp for children with Tuberous Sclerosis, designed to educate youth, create opportunities for success and a way to meet other children in similar situations.

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Camp and Retreat experiences for children, teens and adults grieving the death of a family member or close friend.

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A summer camp experience for children with cancer, blood diseases, and immune disorders. Designed to educate campers, form lasting friendships, and build self-esteem. Campers 16 and up can enroll in the teen component and be junior counselors. (Ages 7-18)

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Serving children with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, in partnership with the American Diabetes Association. (Ages 8-15)

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This camp partners with the Aaron W. Perlman Center at Cincinnati Children’s to help children with CP and other physical challenges to live life as fully as possible.

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This residential camp is designed specifically for younger campers who want to try out a shorter camp week. The program includes crafts, swimming, campfires, and much more.

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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