Every summer, the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) sponsors five (5) one-week sessions of Camp Discovery — a camp designed specifically to meet the medical needs of kids living with chronic skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, vitiligo, alopecia, epidermolysis bullosa, ichthyosis, or any other dermatologic condition that creates an impact on a child’s ability to actively participate in activities/events with their peers.
As you may know, research has shown that there is an impact of pediatric skin disease on self-esteem. In a recent study that evaluated the impact of camp on children with cancer, and their siblings, findings report positive impacts of the camping experience on a range of outcomes related to emotional, physical, self-esteem, and social functioning.
Camp Discovery is:
- Provided at no cost to families (including airfare), kids from across the United States, and around the world, attend Camp Discovery to experience an adventure filled with fun, friendship, and personal growth. This unique program provides a safe environment that enables and encourages kids to explore and participate in activities such as fishing, swimming, archery, horseback riding, nature trails, and more. Mastering a new skill, or simply trying something new, Camp Discovery can help your child build strength, resilience, and confidence.
- An environment where kids are surrounded by peers who also are living with dermatologic disease, amazing counselors, and a dedicated and caring medical staff – Camp Discovery enables kids to be kids, and simply have fun, in a place where they are understood, they look and feel like everyone else, and their diagnosis is not a barrier.
YOU can impact the life of a child living with dermatologic disease.