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At Camp Spifida we believe that every child should be able to spend a week at camp - laughing, swimming, and singing around the campfire. but, for children with spina bifida, summer camp was only a faraway dream until Camp Spifida was formed over 2 decades ago. Children ages 6 through 18 attend camp for a week full of fun and friendship. Camp Spifida offers lots of exciting activities, such as; craft projects, fishing, swimming, dancing, paddle boats, pontoon boat rides, campfires, hayrides, woodworking, ropes challenge course and the exciting 26 foot high climbing wall. Most importantly camp offers children with spina bifida a chance just to be kids!

Due to our camper's various medical needs, this camping experience is usually their first time away from home and their families. Camp Spifida is fully staffed with trained counselors, nursing staff and doctors. Our entire staff comes to Camp Spifida as volunteers, out of love for the children.

The mission of Camp Spifida is to provide a typical camping experience, allowing for health and physical limitations, with emphasis on positive self-image, independence and self-assurance in all campers.

Children who attend Camp Spifida learn how to become more independent with their own care. For example, our volunteer medical staff has been able to successfully help many children learn to catheterize themselves by the time they leave camp.

Children who attend Camp Spifida learn how to become more independent with their own care. For example, our volunteer medical staff has been able to successfully help many children learn to catheterize themselves by the time they leave camp.

We (campers, families, staff and friends) are always working to raise funds to cover the cost of Camp Spifida, including; medical supplies, camp facility costs, souvenirs, liability insurance, training for counselors, and general supplies for the camping week. All the money that we raise for Camp Spifida goes directly to providing a fun filled week for the campers.

What is Spina Bifida?
Spina bifida, the most common neural tube defect, is one of the most devastating of all birth defects. It affects approximately one out of every 1,000 newborns in the United States. It results from the failure of the spine to close properly during the first month of pregnancy. In severe cases, the spinal cord protrudes through the back and may be covered by skin or a thin membrane. Surgery to close a newborn's back is generally performed within 24 hours after birth to minimize the risk of infection and to preserve existing function in the spinal cord.

Because of the paralysis resulting from the damage to the spinal cord, people born with spina bifida may need surgeries and other extensive medical care. The condition can also cause bowel and bladder complications. A large percentage of children born with spina bifida also have hydrocephalus, the accumulation of fluid in the brain. Hydrocephalus is controlled by a surgical procedure called "shunting" which relieves the fluid build up in the brain by redirecting it into the abdominal area. Most children born with spina bifida live well into adulthood as a result of today's sophisticated medical techniques.

Children with Spina Bifida need to learn mobility skills, and often with the use of crutches, braces, or wheelchairs can achieve more independence. Also, with new techniques children can become independent in managing their bowel and bladder problems. Physical disabilities like spina bifida can have profound effects on the child's emotional and social development. To promote personal growth, they should encourage children to be independent, to participate in activities with their peers and to assume responsibility for their own care.

     
       
   
 

Camp Spifida

Kelly Hammaker

196 Rose Lane

Port Trevorton

PA, 17864

 

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Camper Information Contact:
If you have a camper interested in Camp Spifida, please contact Sasha Hovak

E-mail Sasha

  Phone: 570-437-3924

 

Staff Information Contact:

E-mail Kelly