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Camps for Children with Medical Complexities

As the weather warms up, you may have started thinking about what you want to fill your family’s summer days with. Maybe you’ve even considered a camp experience for your child with medical complexities. We have two opportunities that might be just the right fit for your family, and now is a great time to start thinking about the possibility as open houses are coming up and registration begins! Read on to see what our clinical social worker, Monica Handlos, recommends and how you can get more information on True Friends and Camp Odayin.

Does your child attend a different camp? We would love to hear about it!

Enhancing Independence at True Friends

True Friends has a number of different camp options for children ages 5 through adult for individuals with developmental disabilities, physical disabilities or health conditions.


Photo source: True Friends

There are five different camp locations (Camp Courage, Camp Friendship, Camp Eden Wood, Camp Courage North, and Camp New Hope) throughout Minnesota, and camps are divided by age, location, and program type – making it accessible for everyone. They also have a camp option where the camper can bring their own caregiver, if that is the method that will be most likely to give them a successful camp experience.

There are a number of resources online including their camp catalog and application, as well as financial assistance they have available for campers.

If you are interested in this camp, please go to their website at You will find the 2015 camp catalog and application under the “forms” tab.

Camp Odayin Helps Heal Hearts

Another camp that offers great opportunities and experiences for many children is Camp Odayin, which serves individuals as young as Kindergarten, and as old as 22, with heart disease. Their mission revolves around a holistic approach to healing hearts and developing independence, confidence and acceptance in the campers that come through their programs.


Photo source: Camp Odayin

There are a number of options for young individuals and families including residential camp, day camp, and family camp as well as a young adult retreat and winter camp. Space is limited and acceptance is on a first come, first served basis, so if you’re interested in this opportunity, check out their website right away – 2015 dates are set and available for registration! The location of the camp is dependent on which program you’re interested in, and which grade category your child falls into.

They have a helpful website that includes program information and camp applications at You can also email or call them to learn more at or 651-351-9185.

Originally published: April 22, 2015

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