Summertime Means Camptime for Children’s of Alabama Camps for Kids

BIRMINGHAM (Feb. 18, 2013) – Summer camp is a rite of passage in childhood, and patients of Children’s of Alabama will have the opportunity to experience new adventures this summer while meeting new friends and learning more about their health.  Children’s offers three distinct camps in various locations which teach kids valuable lessons on how to manage and cope with healthy weight management, burn recovery and asthma.

CAMP SHINE  — The Children’s Center for Weight Management is registering participants for its fourth annual overnight weight management camp.  The week-long camp, called “Camp SHINE,” will be held Sunday, June 2 through Saturday, June 8 at YMCA Camp Hargis (928 Hargis Drive, Chelsea, Ala.  35043).

The purpose of the camp, a part of Children’s Healthier Weigh program, is to educate at-risk or obese children about healthy lifestyle habits and to jump start weight loss through fun activities and a healthy diet.  The camp is also designed to serve as a resource to parents who want to help their children maintain a healthier lifestyle.  Camp SHINE’s letters stand for Support, Help, Instruction for Nutrition and Exercise.

Camp SHINE will include cooking lessons, scavenger hunts, arts and crafts, field trips, canoeing, dancing, hiking and many more kid-friendly activities. 

Cost for the entire week is $650, and the complete application packet and a $100 deposit are due by May 15.  Some scholarships are available.  Teens and tweens ages 12-15 are invited to participate, but space is limited.  Camp applications, scholarship requests and additional information are available online at or by calling 205-638-5750.

CAMP CONQUEST – Founded in 2000, the Children’s Burn Center designed Camp Conquest to bring patients together and provide a non-competitive adventure program where they can have fun, make friends and build self-confidence by conquering challenges and developing new skills.  Therapeutic programs are designed by camp coordinators and staff to emphasize key values such as trust, honesty, respect, responsibility, reliability, gratitude and teamwork.

The four-day, three-night camp will be held Monday, June 17 through Thursday, June 20 at Children’s Harbor in Alexander City, Ala. and staffed by trained counselors, firefighters, nurses, social workers, chaplains, child life specialists, and physical and occupational therapists.

Camp Conquest activities will include swimming, boating, tubing, canoeing, fishing, arts and crafts, basketball, archery, the ropes course, skating, bowling, volleyball and many other team-building opportunities.  Camp applications are accepted from Children’s of Alabama Burn Center patients who were hospitalized within the last year, and there is no cost associated with the camp. Activities are intended to improve self esteem, confidence, physical abilities and range of motion.  In addition, campers establish friendships and network with other burn patients, and leave camp with an improved sense of overall well-being. For an application and more information on Camp Conquest, call 205-638-9398, or email at

REACH YOUR PEAK ASTHMA DAY CAMP — Reach Your Peak Asthma Day Camp will be held on Thursday, June 20 and Friday, June 21, 8:30 a.m.- 3 p.m. at the McWane Science Center (200 19th St. N., Birmingham, AL).

The two-day camp is for any children with persistent asthma who are between the ages of 5 and 11 and is designed to increase patients’ abilities for disease self-management.  The areas of educational focus are:  understanding the asthma disease process; asthma medicines and how to use them; and identifying and avoiding asthma triggers.  Campers will participate in activities that encourage the development of healthy disease-related coping strategies and good nutrition habits.

Participants also have the opportunity to enjoy the exhibits at the McWane Science Center, and parents are invited to an asthma education session facilitated by Dr. Terri Magruder, director of the pediatric asthma program at Children’s.

The cost for the camp is only $5 and covers all activities and programs for the two-day camp.  For more information and camp registration information, go online at or call 205-638-5743.


Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children across the state and throughout the southeastern U.S. since 1911. For the past three years, Children’s has been ranked among the best children’s hospital programs in the nation by US News & World Report. Last year, patients made more than 634 ,000 outpatient and nearly 14,000 inpatient visits to Children’s from every county in Alabama and from 47 other states. With more than 2 million square feet, it is the third largest pediatric medical facility in the U.S. Children’s offers inpatient and outpatient services across its Russell Campus on Birmingham’s historic Southside with additional outpatient services provided at Children’s South and Children’s on 3rd. Primary care is provided at more than a dozen medical offices in communities across central Alabama. Children’s of Alabama is the only medical center in Alabama dedicated solely to the care and treatment of children. It is a private, not-for-profit medical center that serves as the primary site of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) pediatric medicine, surgery, research and residency programs. Children’s recently moved much of its inpatient services into a new building named The Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children. More information is available at


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