Camp Oasis Revisited

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Andrew Atop the Climbing Wall at Camp OasisLast week I had another opportunity to visit Camp Oasis. Organized by the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA), these camps offer a unique experience for kids who otherwise might not be able to attend a traditional camp. Equipped with 24/7 medical staff and facilities, they are capable of handling campers with chronic illness.

I’ve written about camp oasis before (definitely check it out, it’s a fun story), and I might write about it again, but that’s a testament to what a powerful experience it is. Camp staff and volunteers gather from places far and wide to provide this amazing experience for kids who otherwise have a pretty rough time in life. But here is a haven for them. They can simply be themselves. And they also stretch far beyond their normal selves. The growth they undergo is tremendous, and it’s an amazing experience for their leaders as well.

Plus, aside from all the character building, it’s also just plain fun! Fishing, canoeing, kickball, team building, rock climbing, arts & crafts, talent shows, campfires … the list goes on. I’d spent a week there before but this time I had plenty of fun in just a single day. Even in that short time it’s easy to see the positive impact it has.

If you know a child who could benefit from this experience, click here to learn more. There are several locations spread across the country. Camp Oasis is provided free to children from age 7 through high school. It is funded by contributions to the CCFA, meaning it relies on you—please show your support today!

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Andrew Tubesing is an acclaimed advocate and humorist on the subject of inflammatory bowel disease.

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