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Camp About Face 2011

Last summer's Camp About Face program, a camp for kids with cleft lip, cleft palate, and other facial differences, was a huge success! Kids on the camp's Facebook page have already begun numbering the days to next summer's camp session.

We created Camp About Face in 1989 to provide a camping experience where our patients with craniofacial anomalies, age 8 to 18, can interact with others who face the unique challenge of growing up with facial difference. The camp meets at the Bradford Woods Outdoor Education and Recreation Center in Martinsville, Indiana.

Home to "Camp Riley" and other medical-specialty camps, Bradford Woods provides an environment that enhances socialization and self-esteem through fun and challenging recreational activities. Campers participate in all the traditional camp experiences including climbing, horse barn, and waterfront activities.

38 campers attended the 2011 camp session. Joining our Indiana campers were other cleft and craniofacial kids from the Midwest including campers from Ohio, Illinois, and Kentucky.

The 2011 camp session was funded by individual donations as well as gifts from The Sertoma Club of Broad Ripple, The Indiana Beta Club, The Heads Up Foundation, The American Legion Post #34, The Indiana Jaycees and the Jaycees Charitable Trust Foundation, and Psi Iota Xi.

Over the past two years several campers, under the guidance of Brian Jay, camp volunteer, raised over $20,000 for Camp About Face. These talented youth raised money by designing and selling craniofacial awareness t-shirts, bracelets, key chains and car magnets to ensure that camp will continue to be there for the next generation of kids with facial differences.

This summer's camp dates are July 1-6, 2012. Applications are now available. If you are interested in making a donation or learning more about Camp About Face, please contact Trish Severns or Carol Ritter, camp sponsors, at The Cleft and Craniofacial Office at 317.274.2489.

Trish Severns, MA

Author of this Article

Trish is the Cleft and Craniofacial Program Coordinator for Riley at IU Health. She is active in the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association where she serves on the Cleft Palate Foundation Leadership Award Committee.

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