Sickle cell disease. Summer camp. Experience of a 22-year community-supported program

Clin Pediatr (Phila). 1990 Feb;29(2):81-5. doi: 10.1177/000992289002900204.


A summer camp for children with sickle cell disease (SCD) and other hemoglobinopathies has been in operation for 22 consecutive years (1,556 camper weeks). Two thirds of the campers had sickle cell anemia (SS). With the exception of 1 year, SCD-related medical problems occurred in 10 percent of the children. Episodes of illness were increased during the year when the camp was held at a site 2,200 feet above sea level. Children with SCD can enjoy a remote, physically challenging, and emotionally enriching program. Success requires an experienced and prepared medical staff who leave the organization and "on site" management of camp activities to expert recreational professionals.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Altitude
  • Anemia, Sickle Cell / complications
  • Anemia, Sickle Cell / diagnosis
  • Anemia, Sickle Cell / rehabilitation*
  • California
  • Camping*
  • Child
  • Female
  • Hemoglobinopathies / complications
  • Hemoglobinopathies / diagnosis
  • Hemoglobinopathies / rehabilitation
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Seasons*