Camp Boggy Creek's mission is to foster a spirit of joy by creating a free, safe and medically-sound camp environment that enriches the lives of children with serious illnesses and their families. Since opening in 1996, more than 7,500 children and family members from South Florida have attended illness specific summer camp sessions or family retreat weekends, always free of charge.
Above All - Have Fun! The essence of Camp Boggy Creek's mission to allow children with life-threatening and chronic illnesses to be brave and have fun. Their daily lives are filled with doctors appointments, therapy, hospital stays and other medical needs to treat their illnesses. At Camp, they are allowed to be kids and have fun in a medically safe environment at no cost to the child / family.
South Florida Camper enjoying pool activities during summer cancer camp session.
Campers during Juvenile Arthritis week climbing the "giant's ladder" - an effort that requires team work. As our Founder Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf said, "You can't help someone to the top without getting a little closer yourself."
Campers during Sickle Cell week aiming for greatness at archery activity.
Therapeutic Camp Programs
Camp Boggy Creek's Medical Specialty Camp Program offers children ages 7-16 with life-threatening and chronic illnesses the opportunity to participate in an authentic recreational camp program, all while receiving the highest quality of medical care free of charge. During the summer, we host 8 week-long overnight Summer Sessions exclusively for children with specific conditions. Throughout the spring and fall, the Camp hosts 17 Family Retreat programs for children with serious illnesses and their parents, siblings, and other family caregivers. All camp sessions are medical condition-specific and free of charge.
Leaders in Training (LIT)
The Leaders in Training (LIT) program enhances leadership, teamwork, communication, and decision-making skills through workshops, mentor relationships, and hands-on counseling experiences. Participants have opportunities to become more self-directed and develop an understanding and acceptance of others; and, more than half of former LIT participants have returned to Camp Boggy Creek in a role that helps them grow as mentor and future leader.