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Camp Del Corazon

11615 Hesby St,
North Hollywood, CA 91601
All bookings are free!
$1396
/ per session
Camp Category: ACA Accredited, Arts&Crafts, basketball, Coed, Dance, Football, Hiking, Special needs, Tennis, Water Sport
Camp Sessions 2020

About Camp del Corazon

Camp del Corazon is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides year-round experiential opportunities for children faced with the challenges of growing up and living with heart disease. We provide a residential summer camp experience for children ages 7-17 as well as programs that offer opportunities for growth, education and support for children, young adults and the families who are living with heart disease.
About Camp
Camp del Corazon is held at Catalina Island Camps located at Howland's Landing, a private cove on the leeward side of beautiful Catalina Island. Just 22 miles off the coast of Southern California, our cove is approximately three miles, by boat, west of Two Harbors, and 20 miles west of Avalon, the main "city" on the Island.

Within our sheltered cove, our pier extends into the bay providing the focal point for swimming, boating and other water activities. On shore, our main lodge contains the shaded Dining Terrace. Rustic bunkhouses and open-sided chalets are located on each side of the Dining Terrace and along the shore. Complete bathroom and shower facilities are adjacent to each living area. Tennis courts, basketball courts, sand volleyball courts, tetherballs and playing fields are located between the Dining Terrace and the beach.

Camp Del Corazon provides a variety of fun and exciting activities for campers of all ages. All of the activities are lead by trained Activity Counselors and supervised by one of our Nurses. Our on site physicians not only oversee all medical needs of our campers but are known to jump in and play and/or teach some of the activities as well. At Camp Del Corazon all volunteer staff members attend staff training prior to working with our children. Each day the campers attend 5 to 6 activity periods accompanied by their cabin counselors.
Mission and History
Mission
Camp del Corazon Inc. is a 501(c)(3) Non-profit corporation, providing a free of charge summer camp for children with heart disease. All proceeds are spent on the camp, and its programming, and staffed entirely by volunteers.

History
Camp del Corazon (Camp of the Heart) was inspired by a patient of Dr. Kevin Shannon. Even though the young man had undergone an operation that dramatically improved the function of his heart, he was still suffering from emotional pain. He was back in school, back in little league baseball, even trying in-line skating for the first time, but he was so embarrassed by his scars that he wouldn't remove his shirt to be examined by the doctor.

Dr. Shannon felt that if his patient could spend time with other kids who'd had heart surgery, he'd be less self-conscious. He located a camp in Louisiana for kids with heart disease, but the young man's mother just couldn't bear to send him so far away. When Dr. Shannon discussed the situation with Lisa Knight, R.N., her solution was simple: "We can do that." And so they did.

They set about fund-raising to ensure that the medically-supervised summer camp would be free for children ages 7-17 who had heart disease. When Camp del Corazon began in 1995, 49 campers spent three days on beautiful Catalina Island off the coast of Southern California. Over the years, the camp has grown to three five-day sessions with more than 350 campers. Camp del Corazon is staffed completely by volunteer counselors, nurses, and physicians who give of their hearts to help these special kids.

Camp del Corazon has grown into a non-profit organization dedicated to providing experiential programs for children and families living with heart disease. Programs include a free-of-charge, residential summer camp, leadership retreats, educational symposiums and family weekend programs custom designed to enrich the lives of their unique population.
Activities
Climbing Wall
All activities are challenge by choice - you do as much, go as far as you want! Explore your adventurous side by climbing the 30-foot wall and look over the entire campsite!

Court Games
Options include basketball, tennis, Ultimate Frisbee, or just throwing a football or dancing. Full cabin participation is encouraged, but also allows for campers to build bonds with other peers.

Adventure Games
All games encourage listening and cooperation skills as well promote self-esteem.

Volleyball
At CdC, volleyball is a little different… the ball is 20 times the size of a real volleyball, and is filled with helium and air.

Waterfront Activities
Campers have the opportunity to kayak, swim, play inner tube water polo and going down the giant slide. Trained lifeguards and counselors oversee each activity at all times!

Disco Bingo
Everyone comes dressed in disco clothes - the crazier the better. An All-Camp Bingo game is played. Each time someone yells, "Bingo!" the whole camp gets up and dances to a popular disco song.

Archery and Riflery
Campers shoot at the bull's-eye targets at the archery field after learning all the safety rules. Some become as good as William Tell!

Evening Program
Each night of camp the Camp Director and Unit Directors put on a wonderful program for the campers never to be forgotten.

Arts & Crafts
Craft projects can include friendship bracelets, tie-dye, mosaic tiles, leather tooling, and more. Campers are encouraged to write notes of thanks to be distributed to the donors who make camp possible.

Evening Campfire
One night of each camp session everyone meets in the Air-Stream Theater or the Amphitheater where campers and staff put on crazy shows and skits. Songs are led by the Directors, and then as the fire slowly burns down, we tell quiet stories and gaze at the stars.

Boom-Ball
Like softball, but the bat is actually huge water cooler bottle. The BOOM can be heard all over camp!

The Beach BBQ
What a night! Our volunteer BBQ team and serves up a delicious buffet for the whole camp!
Staff
We have a total of 70-90 staff members on site at all times. A team of no less than 12 nurses is present on the island at all times. Two pediatric cardiologists will be on site to provide further medical supervision.
Packing List
CLOTHES & BEDDING ITEMS:

  • Sleeping Bag - 1
  • Pillow - 1
  • Bath towel - 1
  • Beach towel - 1
  • Flashlight - 1
  • Sweatshirts/Long sleeve - 2
  • Long pants –2
  • Socks - 4
  • Swimsuits – 1-2
  • T-Shirts - 4
  • Underwear - 4
  • Shorts-4
  • Pajamas - 1
  • Closed toed shoes - 1
  • Sandals-1
  • Laundry bag/extra pillow case - 1
  • Cap/wide brimmed hat - 1-2
  • Sunglasses -1
OPTIONAL ITEMS:
  • Cabin decorations
  • Disposable camera
  • Costumes Musical Instrument
  • Day pack
  • Aqua Socks (for the beach)
  • Jacket (for cool evenings)
  • Playing Cards
TOILETRIES:
  • Soap
  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Hair Brush/Comb
  • Sunscreen (SPF 30+)
  • Lip Balm (chapstick)
  • Washcloth
FAQ
Can I, an aid, or another family member come to camp with my child?
No. A new environment fosters independence and leadership in our campers, and is integral to the camp experience.

Can a family member or aid work at camp during the session my child is attending?
No. We would love for you to join our camp family, and may do so at either session your child is not attending.

Can I visit my child while they are at camp?
No. We do not have accommodations available for family during camp, and do not allow visitors during sessions.

How many days and nights is camp?

Camp is 5 days and 4 nights.

What should my child NOT bring to camp?
Campers may not bring cell phones, iPods or other MP3 devices, CD players, soda, candy, alcohol, personal sports equipment, animals, weapons, drugs, other valuables and/or illicit items to camp. New and expensive items do not belong at camp. In the event a child arrives at camp possessing any of these items, they will be collected and remain in administrative control for the duration of the session.

What is the food like at camp?
Campers receive 3 hot meals a day served buffet style. There are hot vegetarian options available for every meal. During breakfast there is an extensive fruit and yogurt bar and during lunch and dinner there is a full salad bar to supplement the buffet.

What are the cabins like? Sleeping arrangements?
We have all open air cabins. Each cabin has 4 walls and a ceiling with canvas doors and windows. Cabins let in plenty of fresh air during the day, are fully insulated and offer plenty of privacy. Each camper has their own bunk bed with a mattress. In addition to the insulation, campers will need a sleeping bag and a sweatshirt to keep warm at night.

What are the qualifications of the counselors in my child's cabin?
Each member of our staff goes through an extensive application and interview process with our Camp Director. All counselors attend a full day of Staff Development training prior to the start of camp. Before being accepted, each volunteer is subjected to a thorough background check including, but not limited to, the national sexual offender database and the national police department databases.

How does camp handle my child's medication?
There is a full team of nurses at every session of camp. Each cabin is assigned an RN or med nurse who is responsible for administering all medications. Medications are handed out at meals.

Can I call and speak with my child during camp?
No. To maximize your child's experience at camp, we do not allow incoming or outgoing phone calls during the five days your child is at camp.

How can I contact my child in case of an emergency?
In case of emergency you may contact the main office at (818) 754-0312. Our office managers will then get in touch with someone on-site and relay any pertinent information.

What happens if there is an emergency involving my child?
In the case of an emergency while camp is in session, you will be contacted immediately. In the event we cannot get hold of you, we will call the next emergency contact listed on your application. In the case of a medical emergency, our camp physicians will assess the situation, administer treatment if possible, and accompany the child to an advanced facility if deemed necessary.

Can I send packages to my camper?
No. Mail takes longer than average to make it out to the island, so the arrival date cannot be guaranteed. If your child is lacking an essential item, we have extra toothbrushes, water bottles, sunscreen, etc. which will be made available to those children.

What is drop off and pick up like?
Drop Off: Parents will bring their children to the San Pedro docks at the designated time the morning of the first day of camp. Upon arriving they will be signed in by a staff member and introduced to one of their cabin counselors. They will then board the ferry as a cabin and cross over to the island. Pick Up: Parents will arrive at the dock for pick up at 1:30pm on the last day of the session. Once the ferry reaches the dock, campers will wait with their cabins until their authorized guardian signs them out with a staff member.

How many kids are in a cabin?
We have a maximum of 8 campers in one cabin.

How many counselors are in a cabin?
We have a minimum of 3 counselors in a cabin: 2 cabin counselors and 1 activity counselor. Each cabin is also assigned a med nurse.

What is the counselor and camper ratio during camp?
To ensure adequate levels of supervision at all times, we maintain a ratio of 1 counselor to 5 campers.

Are cabins mixed-gender?
No. Cabins are single gender only, and members of the opposite sex are never allowed in the cabins. The ONLY exception to this is a female med nurse assigned to a boys' cabin may enter daily to administer medication, with advanced notice.

Are kids in a cabin all the same age?
Yes. Your child will be in a cabin with other campers approximately his/her age.

How many staff members are on site?

We have a total of 70-90 staff members on site at all times.

What medical supervision is available during camp?
A team of no less than 12 nurses is present on the island at all times. 2 pediatric cardiologists will be on site to provide further medical supervision.

Can my child be placed in the same cabin as his/her friend?

On your child's application there is a space to request cabin mates. We do our best to accommodate these requests, but we cannot promise there will be space in each cabin and session.

How will my child's dietary restrictions be accommodated?

There are complete vegetarian options available at every meal. Gluten allergies can also be accommodated by our kitchen. In all cases your child must be able to make appropriate meal decisions along with the support of our staff.

Is my child guaranteed a space at camp? In my first choice session?

We strive to allow as many children as possible to experience camp. That being said, there are limits to what our facilities can accommodate, and we can only accept campers for whom we can offer the appropriate level of care.

Can I find all this information in hard copy for my reference?

Yes. Once your child has been accepted to camp, you will receive a confirmation packet outlining all camp rules, camper expectations, procedures, and drop off/pick up day instructions.

Can Camp post pictures daily during my child's session, e.g. on Facebook or the website?
No. We know many parents would like to be more live witness to their child's experience at camp, and we understand and appreciate this. Unfortunately, we do not have the resources to do this. We have a small staff of 4 part-time employees, 2 of whom live on the island during camp, and all volunteers are busy with the children. We are also located on an island with patchy coverage, at best. All camp pictures will be collected and participants are sent a link to those in the weeks following camp.
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