Many children infected with or otherwise affected by HIV/AIDS do not have ready access to the sorts of therapeutic and educational services that can help them meet and overcome the monumental challenges posed by the disease. To help kids coping with infection or with the illness or loss of a family member, Camp Dreamcatcher hosts a weeklong fun-filled summer camp led by a supportive volunteer staff, providing children infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS with access to fun supervised camp activities, vital therapeutic services, and broad-ranging educational opportunities.
One of the only therapeutic camp programs for HIV/AIDS-affected youth on the East Coast, Camp Dreamcatcher immerses campers ages 5–17 in an environment in which they can enjoy peer interaction without feeling different or self-conscious. The camp marshals a volunteer squad of more than 260 counselors, medical personnel, and other professionals from fields such as psychotherapy, yoga, and massage, providing myriad services to the kids as well as a break to their parents or other caregivers. During the weeklong August camp session, kids have the chance to participate in a plethora of outdoor and indoor activities—including swimming, basketball, campfires, boating, and arts and crafts—as well as dozens of therapeutic and educational opportunities. Camp Dreamcatcher doesn't charge campers or their families and allows anyone, regardless of economic background, to attend.
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In 1995, Patty Hillkirk was working as a psychotherapist and dreaming of starting a camp for youth infected or affected by HIV/AIDS that would provide a safe environment for them to express themselves. Camp Dreamcatcher realizes this goal with a weeklong camp session in August where children aged 5–17 can interact with their peers. Campers and counselors may be coping with their own infection or the infection or death of a family member.
During the camp, youth can take part in 80 therapeutic programs, including music and psychotherapy; 35 educational sessions on pertinent topics such as depression and college preparation; and 150 recreational activities, including swimming, a ropes course, and the annual dance and talent show. Throughout the year, Camp Dreamcatcher also runs life-skills and leadership retreats for teenagers, training for counselors, community outreach, and family advocacy, as well as an Adopt-A-Family program during the holidays.