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Camp Korey campers are children ages 7 and up living with serious and life-altering medical conditions.
The typical Camp Korey camper is:
- Age seven or older
- Living with a serious or life-altering medical condition.
- Unable to attend any other camp due to medical needs or treatment
- Well-suited (as determined by health care providers, camp staff, and parents) to benefit from the camp experience
- From the Northwest (Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho, and Wyoming), though we offer some specialized sessions that draw from a wider audience
Camp Korey serves hundreds of children each year through our seven signature summer sessions and year-round recreation programs. and often receive their care from Seattle Children’s Hospital. However, we offer some sessions that draw from a wider audience of children and families. Camp Korey campers live with a wide range of diagnoses, and are medically unable to attend any other camp because of their needs or therapy. We work closely with medical care providers to identify children who will benefit from the camp experience. We also make selections to assure appropriate balances of age, gender, and diagnoses, and take into account previous attendance at Camp.
Primary diagnoses for our campers may include:
- Craniofacial differences
- Mitochondrial disease
- Skeletal Dysplasia
- Solid organ transplants
- Metabolic bone disorders
- Life-altering skin conditions
- Sickle Cell Anemia
- Spina Bifida
- Burn survivors
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
Many of our campers also have a secondary diagnosis, usually due to complications in their primary diagnosis. These conditions can result in motor, speech, visual problems, and/or learning delays for these children.
Early in the planning for Camp Korey, a needs assessment was conducted by an independent research firm. The study recognized several camps in the region that serve children with a range of medical conditions in an outdoor camping program. The research concluded, however, that there are well over 20,000 children in the Northwest who are not currently being served, and who could benefit from the programs and services that Camp Korey offers. Camp Korey strives to serve as many campers and families as possible in a safe, positive, sustainable manner.
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