Established in 1973 and welcoming our first campers in 1974, CAMP HOLIDAY TRAILS is a year-round nonprofit focused on building community with children and teens with medical needs and chronic illnesses. We engaged the entire Mid-Atlantic region. To work towards our vision of engaging more campers with medical needs, and to maximize the safety of our campers and staff, we are piloting the following innovative programs in 2021:
CHT Everywhere: Online Camp– building on our 2020 program, we will redefine and build out both live and asynchronous camp activities with our skilled counselors, with a focus on virtual activities filmed on-site at CHT. We will reach existing and new campers, including those in hospitals, hospice, Ronald McDonald Houses and more. Also a great way for campers to also stay connected after their in-person camp session.
CHT Everywhere: Pop-Up Camps – we will take the camp show on the road! A CHT van/camper will take camp counselors and camp activities to partners throughout the Mid-Atlantic region for short, small group camps in outdoor spaces. We will reach both existing and new campers and bring the CHT spirit to children and teens with medical needs, where they are.
CHT Day Camp – working with our Medical Advisory Committee (MAC) and the American Camp Association Field Guide, we will pilot a day camp for children and teens age 5-17 with a medical need, and their siblings. Traditional CHT activities will be adapted for safety, and include arts & crafts, swimming, horses, zip line and more. One week is a partnership with The UVA Center for Diabetes Technology. Some counselors will be housed on-site to minimize exposure.
Our cornerstone programs: CHT Overnight Camps and Family Camps, will return when our Medical Advisory Committee, the CDC, the VA Department of Health and the Commonwealth of VA determines we can be open and provide a safe overnight camp experience for children and teens with medical needs. At this time, we will evaluate the impact and success of the new programs and possibly continue to offer them alongside the cornerstone overnight camps.