Every year BDAI hosts the Marcus Mclure Family Camp for new campers between the ages of 6 and 10 years old and their family. This fun-filled weekend of camp activities allows the whole family to get to "try out" bleeding disorder camp. This is a great way for kids to get a feel for camp before being away for a week on their own, plus it gives parents peace of mind seeing how camp goes and being able to meet and interact with other families. This year's Family Camp took place from June 5th-7th. Here is one family's experience attending:
“Over the past several years, my wife Julie and I have spoken with a number of people who have attended Hemophilia camp. In fact, many have been both campers and counselors. They all spoke with a certain excitement in their voices as they told stories about camp. With so much positive feedback, Julie and I knew early on that we wanted our son, Kyler (Hemophilia A Severe) to attend camp. We want him to be able to get the full camp experience, s’mores and all, while being further educated about his bleeding disorder. However, we weren’t sure if Kyler, who just turned seven, would be ready to spend a week away from home.
To get a better idea of whether Kyler was “ready”, he and I attended Family Camp this past May. In less than 48 hours, we were able to get a great sample of the types of experiences Kyler will have at camp in August. Kyler was able to participate in the type of activities he will do at the weeklong camp, while Bob Robinson and John Thorson answered any questions either of us had. His favorite activity was archery and he was especially excited when he hit the bullseye and he’s still singing camp songs in the shower!
I left family camp feeling 100% confident in two things: 1) Kyler is definitely ready for a week of camp this summer. 2) He will be in excellent care the week that he is at camp. Before the weekend was over, Kyler made the decision that he wanted to attend camp in August. I look forward to hearing all of the stories he comes home with. I’m sure he’ll have the same excitement in his voice that we’ve heard from former campers over the years!”
We hope you and your new camper join us for Family Camp next year!
Camp Warren Jyrch, established in 1973, is an annual, one-wee￼k resident camp program for males and females with hemophilia or other hereditary symptomatic bleeding disorders. It is named after Warren C. Jyrch, the first person with hemophilia to successfully undergo open-heart surgery in Illinois. Camp Warren, a program of the Bleeding Disorders Alliance Illinois (BDAI), serves as a symbol of hope for a positive future for all who are affected by hereditary bleeding disorders.
Full details can be found on the camp section.