About Our Patient Camps
Camp Periwinkle, a weeklong summer camp experience is provided for children ages 7-15 with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses; Camp YOLO, a weekend camp is offered every fall and spring to teenagers with chronic illnesses. The faculty, staff, and fellows at Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers are intimately involved in the camping opportunities for the patient population.
Selected patients gather yearly at Grand Teton National Park in Jackson Hole, Wyoming for the Grand Adventure at Teton Science Camp where they are educated and trained about nature in a beautiful landscape rich with wildlife and breathtaking views.
Teenage cancer patients are invited to attend Camp YOLO (You Only Live Once). The weekend camp is offered every fall and spring to adolescent patients with cancer, renal, cardiac, or HIV-related illnesses. Over 150 teens attend the camp each year, along with their physicians, nurses and other members of their support team. Patients currently on therapy can continue treatment at camp. Medical staff is on duty 24 hours a day. Camp YOLO is free for all participants.
Patients are invited to attend Camp Periwinkle, a week-long summer camp which allows time away from a hospital setting. The camp gives patients an opportunity to experience the joys of childhood in a healthy environment where they are able to engage with patients, doctors, nurses, and members of their support team. Children on therapy can continue treatment at camp. Medical staff is on duty 24 hours a day. Camp Periwinkle is free for all participants.