Camp Joyful Hearts and Family Camp


Camp Joyful Hearts

Growing up with heart disease/defects can be a significant physical and emotional challenge. Through Camp Joyful Hearts, we hope to help children with heart disease/defects overcome these challenges with a support network of children in similar circumstances. The Heart Institute at CCHMC modeled their camp after Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital Heart Camp. Camp Joyful Hearts debuted in 2002 at the Joy Outdoor Education Center (JOEC) in Clarksville, OH. This is a week-long, overnight camp for children ages eight through 16. It is medically supervised by a pediatric cardiologist and nurses of the Heart Institute at CCHMC. The camp serves over 100 children annually.

Watch the CCHMC Camp Joyful Hearts video and meet some of the camp counselors and kids who make it such a great experience!



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Family Camp

The Heart Institute Family Camp Weekend is designed specifically for families of children affected with heart disease/defects. The weekend is full of fun family activities, informational sessions for parents, and sharing with other families who have had similar experiences. Activities are planned throughout the day for all ages.


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Camp Joyful Hearts – 2014 Campers and Staff