The Center for Courageous Kids (CCK) is a year-round medical camp located in Scottsville, Kentucky which was founded in 2004. One of our founding principles is that the children and families who attend CCK do so free of charge. Children who attend The Center for Courageous Kids come from a culture of dependency and isolation, which negatively impacts achievement of growth and developmental milestones. For this reason, CCK created a program that addresses the current needs of the medically fragile pediatric population. Our program provides the campers an opportunity to experience “normalcy” through interaction with peers who share the same health condition and learn self-care through instruction from the medical team. We offer two programs at The Center for Courageous Kids. The first is the traditional overnight summer camp experience held during nine, one-week sessions. We have lodging for 128 campers, up to 96 counselors, and 30 medical volunteers. The second program is Family Retreats during which the camper and their family attend camp for either a weekend or for a day retreat. We offer these Family Retreats during the year with each weekend retreat serving up to 30 families and the day retreats serving up to 60 families. Both programs are offered to a variety of illness groups with each session catering to a specific illness or disability.
While we ensure that our campers are having fun, we are also dedicated to creating an environment that fosters opportunities for making excellent choices, creating and sustaining healthy relationships with peers, building personal confidence to work through challenges and achieve personal goals.
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Our goals for children attending camp are as follows:
B. Children are educated about their health condition through participation in the camp experience and are able to articulate the challenges of their condition.
C. Children demonstrate an increase in self-esteem by engaging with peers with similar health challenges, communicating effectively with peers and adults, and participating in self-care measures that were previously performed by family members and/or care providers.
D. Children with chronic disease, disability, and life-threatening illnesses achieve a higher quality of life as evidenced by their ability to transfer knowledge and skills from the camp experience to the home.
Our commitment is to ensure that our campers not only have life learning experiences, but that they can keep these experiences with them as they grow. Children will experience what a real camp is like in a setting that is physically safe and medically sound. These underserved children will meet other children living with their same condition and finally experience “normalcy”. For many of our campers this will be the first time they have ever met another child with their condition or been in a setting away from home and their family where they can feel safe and cared for. In addition to the self-care skills that each child will learn, the children will also develop independence and self-confidence while making friends, learn team-work, and enhance their self-esteem. For some children their camp session will be a time of fun, recreation, and respite where friendships are formed and skills are learned that will change them forever. For others, this time at camp will be one of the few opportunities, in their too-short lives, to experience childhood at its most basic- just having fun with friends.
The Center for Courageous Kids offers two programs that strive to provide our campers with activities that center around free play, promote a healthy life style, and help to achieve a better understanding of their health conditions. The first is the traditional overnight camping experience held during nine, one-week sessions each summer. Each of the nine sessions is for one week of lodging for 128 campers and up to 96 counselors and 30 medical volunteers. In addition to the summer camps, the second program is Family Retreats during which the camper and their family attend camp for either an entire weekend or for a day retreat. We offer these Family Retreats during the year with each weekend retreat serving up to 30 families and the day retreats serving up to 60 families. Both programs are offered to a variety of illness groups with each session catering to a specific illness or disability.
The Center for Courageous Kids has a variety of methods to evaluate our outcomes after each camp. To evaluate our program, we will first look at what time and money has been invested, what services are being provided, and who is being reached. Through the review of annual reports, program documents, medical logs, the program budget and cash flow we can evaluate these areas. We consistently request feedback from families, volunteers, summer staff member, campers, and year-round staff.
The next phase of the evaluation analyzes how camper attendance has changed. The Center for Courageous Kids will review camper statistics reports to monitor how many new children with disabilities are being reached over the course of each camp season and to determine where the majority of the camper population resides.
The Center for Courageous Kids will also analyze changes in camper’s social skills and levels of independence. We will review medical logs, program documents, counselor evaluations and post camp surveys that are completed by both campers and parents. In addition to changes in the seriously ill child, the evaluation plan will also monitor the number of parents and siblings taking part in networks of support as a result of their camp experience.
We have accomplished our goals so far evidenced by the fact that CCK has served over 25,900 campers, with over 109 different illnesses from 45 states and 10 countries since opening in 2008. Our attendance continues to increase yearly as well as the number of illnesses we are able to serve. We have continued to be able to offer our services at no cost to the children or families who attend.
Director of Development, The Center for Courageous Kids
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