Texas Asthma Camp for Kids provides fun along with information on how to manage the disease

Wednesday, May 3, 2006

Children who suffer from asthma don’t have to miss out on the joys of summer camp. Each summer the Texas Asthma Camp for Kids offers them an opportunity to have fun while learning more about their disease, how it affects them, and how their asthma medications work. They also learn what triggers asthma and how to better manage it.

The camp, which began in 1985, will host about 150 children, ages 7 to 14, during two weekly sessions, June 11-16 and June 18-23. Campers may participate in swimming, canoeing, fishing, crafts, archery, basketball, riflery, and other fun activities.

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler conducts the camp, and the Texas Chest Foundation supports it, said Camp Director Rhonda Scoby. The camp is held at Camp Tyler on Lake Tyler, four miles east of Whitehouse. It is the oldest and largest camp in Texas for children with asthma.

A fee of $15 is required to register for the camp. The cost per camper for the weeklong camp is $150, which includes the registration fee. Financial assistance to attend camp is available through the Texas Chest Foundation for children with moderate to severe asthma. To be eligible for the camp, each child must have been diagnosed with asthma by a physician.

Campers are monitored closely at all times. The Health Center provides medical support with a 24-hour, specially equipped clinic staffed by on-site physicians and nurses. Many of the camp counselors are students in the health professions.

A brochure with camp information and a registration form is available. The camp is limited to the first 150 children who register for it.

For information, to receive a brochure, or to register your child, call the Health Center at (903) 877-7075.

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