Does your child qualify for Camp Rainbow?
Camp Rainbow was started because of the kids that wanted to go to summer camp but because of their medical condition camps would accept them overnight. There are several medical conditions that require a great deal of medical care and parental support but all of them do not clinically qualify for Camp Rainbow.
Diagnosis that do qualify are most types of cancer and serious accidents that result in long term complications or deformities. Certain diagnosis such as cystic fibrosis, and rare genetic diseases also usually qualify. Spina Bifida is another birth condition that qualifies for Camp and these children usually do not have another camp to attend. However Muscular Dystrophy (MD) is a condition that has a camp just for that diagnosis; therefore we usually only accept children with the rapidly progressing type of Duchene’s MD. Heart Disease usually qualifies if it is significant enough to affect the child’s quality of everyday life or has resulted in heart surgeries.
It would be impossible to list all the diagnosis that qualify for Camp Rainbow. We do have a Medical Director who is a pediatrician and nurses that help screen the children for qualifying diagnosis. If you think your child may qualify there are applications on line to be completed by the parents and pediatrician. You will be contacted to let you know if your child is accepted as a camper. Campers usually need to be 5 and have attended a year of school. Campers are not as interested in the activities after they become teenagers, therefore we usually don’t accept new campers older than age 12.
A very common request is for children with Cerebral Palsy and Autism to be campers. Although children with these diagnosis have certainly been campers, those diagnosis alone do not qualify for camp. There must be another medical condition that qualifies them for our camp.
Another determining factor if a child would qualify would be the mental status of the child. If the child’s mental status is such that they would not participate in the activities and interact with others appropriately, they probably would not be a type of camper that would benefit from camp.
To register your child please follow these steps
Step 1: Camper Application Form
Complete the Camper Application Form for your child.
Step 2: Camper Medical Form
Have your doctor/physician complete the Camper Medical Form for your child.
Step 3: Camper Packing Checklist
Download and review the Camper Packing List so your child will have everything he/she needs to attend Camp Rainbow.