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July 31, 2017
It is a camp just for them! It's a bonding time for parents and kids. Plus, it's a place without any judgment, just FUN! Parents can meet other parents and discuss feelings and/or thoughts they have and be understood. Kids can meet other kids who look similar and feel included and welcome. They are also able to interact with their cleft/craniofacial team specialists, which allows each child to see them as an everyday person and not just someone they associate with clinic visits and surgeries, therefore decreasing fear and anxiety with upcoming care.
Kids start the day by participating in crafts, followed by a tribe meeting. They break up into four groups for activities such as fishing, slingshot art, leather stamping and petting zoo. They will finish the day with swimming, followed by an ice cream party and talent show.
Camp empowers them to be happy and proud of who they are, and allows them to know they are not alone. They interact with their surgeons at a fun level, which allows the kids to their as a regular person and not just someone they associate painful surgeries with.