Summer camp for kids with asthma now accepting applications for 2014
The American Lung Association of the Northeast is now accepting applications for its Champ Camp for Kids with Asthma, which is being held this year at Camp Chingachgook, located on Lake George in Kattskill Bay (from Sunday, Aug. 17, through Friday, Aug. 22). At CCKA, children ages 8-11 with moderate to severe asthma will experience the excitement and fun of a five-day, co-ed summer camp in a safe, medically supervised environment.
"Having asthma inhibits a lot of kids from being able to attend camp," said Michael Bissonette, RRT, respiratory therapist at Fletcher Allen Healthcare and lead CCKA respiratory therapist. "During the week, the kids are taught how to manage their asthma at home. Seeing what a great opportunity and success Champ Camp is for these campers keeps me going back every year."
"Over the last 15 years, pediatric disease-specific summer camps have emerged as a means to increase knowledge, problem-solving, social and self-competence, leading to improved attitudes among children about their chronic illnesses," said Dr. Luis Rodriquez, member of the American Lung Association's leadership board in New York City. "Children who have participated in asthma summer camps have shown improvement in confidence to adhere to their medication regimens. The kids can enjoy all the benefits of summer camp while engaging in all the fun activities, and, at the same time, learn how to take control of their asthma, and manage their symptoms."
"Our mission at the Lung Association is to save lives by preventing lung disease and improving lung health," said Jeff Seyler, president and CEO. "We're grateful both to be able to offer kids the experience of Champ Camp and to have the opportunity help them hone their asthma-management skills so they can protect themselves and live long, healthy, full lives."
Thanks to donors and sponsors, each camper will receive a full scholarship to attend camp. For more information, or for an application packet, contact Ronald Douglass at 802-876-6860 or toll-free at 1-800-LUNG-USA, option 1, ext. 6860. Information and the application materials are also available at www.lungne.org/programs.