Summer is a time for adventure, fun, and making memories. For a lot of kids, that means heading off to summer camp for a few days. But not all children are fortunate enough, or healthy enough, to enjoy those summer days with their friends.
Now, with the partnership between The Family YMCA of Greater Augusta and the Children’s Hospital of Georgia at Georgia Regents University, children of all abilities can enjoy a wonderful summer camp in a safe environment.
The YMCA has been a provider of summer and holiday camps since the 1940s. CHOG has a long legacy of caring for sick children and their families in the community. Together, these two organizations have begun renovating Camp Lakeside so it will soon be able to serve children with disabilities or serious and chronic health conditions in a medically safe environment.
Activities that will be available at the camp include swimming, arts and crafts, disc golf, fishing, archery, kayaking, basketball, canoeing, and more! The camp will be an extension of the Family Y’s adapted program and will become the future home for CHOG special-needs camps.
The groundbreaking ceremony for the “new” Camp Lakeside took place Monday, June 22, 2015. Phase 1 of renovation officially has begun and will include a multipurpose room/gym, medical facility, outdoor pool, and 10 adaptive cabins for the children.
To learn more about other available camps, visit grhealth.org or thefamilyy.org.