Camp About Face provides children who were born with cleft lip or another craniofacial anomaly the chance to be themselves, make new friendships and build lasting skills that lead to a lifetime of success. Campers participate in challenging, fun and therapeutic recreational activities that are designed to boost confidence and teach self-reliance.
Camp About Face was founded in 1989 with the goal of bringing cleft and craniofacial patients together. Located on 2,500 scenic acres at Bradford Woods, it is a traditional camp where children with cleft and craniofacial conditions can interact with others who share the same experiences. The camp lasts for one week each summer.
Approximately 35 campers ages 8-18 attend the camp each year. Trained counselors act as positive role models, mentoring campers and helping them grow personally and socially.
Children and adolescents who attend Camp About Face describe the experience as positive and life-changing. For many, craniofacial camp is their first opportunity to get to know other children who have a cleft palate or craniofacial anomaly. It is a chance to let down their guard and be themselves, realizing they are not alone.
Camp About Face offers the Leadership Academy for campers ages 16-18 as a companion program to the traditional craniofacial camp. Participants arrive the weekend before Camp About Face begins and focus on leadership, self-reflection and other skills that will help them transition into adulthood.
Leadership Academy campers work with adult mentors on different activities each year. Campers learn and grow by participating in group discussions and workshops and planning activities for younger campers.
Be a part of this unique craniofacial camp experience. The cost to attend Camp About Face is $400. Many campers find it helpful to seek donations from individuals and businesses to help offset camp tuition. The best way to ask for assistance is through a letter from the camper to family, friends, a church, civic groups or businesses that may be able to help. A thank you letter for the donation is recommended following camp.
For more information, call the Cleft & Craniofacial Anomalies Department office at 317.944.2489. Please see below for more information on the camp application process.