Dynamo Camp, Italy
www.dynamocamp.org Located in the midst of a World Wildlife Foundation Reserve in Tuscany, Dynamo Camp is the first camp in Italy specifically designed for children with life-threatening and chronic illnesses. Dynamo Camp currently welcomes children and families from Italy.
Dynamo Camp provides a therapeutic recreation program that allows campers to gain confidence and build self-esteem and self-reliance. To the campers, it is just pure and simple, non-stop FUN — the chance to make new friends and to participate in activities they may never have dreamed of trying, such as riding horses, climbing on the high ropes course, or acting on stage. Behind all the fun, however, the Camp's intentional programming is designed to enable children to experience success and to discover newfound strength and courage to cope with their illness.
“Camp is a place where you learn to live life better because you can do all sorts of things you thought you’d never do again.”
Bator Tabor, Hungary
www.batortabor.hu Bátor Tábor Alapítvány ("Camp of Courage Foundation") is the only program of its kind in Hungary for children with serious illnesses and their families. Located in Hatvan near Budapest, Bátor Tábor currently welcomes campers from Hungary with plans to expand in the future to serve children from other countries in Eastern Europe.
The camp was brought to life by a group of committed Hungarian health care professionals following their experience at Barretstown in Ireland. Bátor Tábor provides a program of therapeutic recreation designed to increase campers' self-esteem, enhance their ability to develop social relationships, and help them integrate with their healthy peers. All the Camp's activities, which range from horseback riding and canoeing to photography, disco night, and beach parties, are designed to be fun and challenging.
The Africa Initiative
Since 2001, the Association of Hole in the Wall Camps has been working with partners in Southern Africa to provide a psycho-social intervention often missed in traditional aid efforts through outdoor recreation activities that encourage children to have fun and learn. We have designed and developed programs with our partners that have served more than 2,500 youth and trained more than 300 local staff members in Namibia, Malawi, Botswana and South Africa. During programs, children participate in activities such as HIV/AIDS education, environmental conservation, rock climbing, arts and crafts, boating, and game drives. In the context of fun and excitement campers are encouraged to take personal challenges within a supportive community that encourages a sense of hope and possibility.
the Association of Hole in the Wall Camps
Spreading the Hole in the Wall Magic through New Camp Development
As news of existing Hole in the Wall Camps spreads, we are increasingly called upon to answer the need for programming worldwide. Our commitment to expanding the Camps’ reach stems from the conviction that, much more than a week of fun, the Hole in the Wall experience is universal and life-changing.
In that spirit, the Association fosters the responsible development of new camps and programs throughout the United States and the world.
With strong partners and proper backing, many more children will be able to experience the same opportunities for healing and growth that thousands of campers discovered in 2006 at our Camps. Currently, the Association is working with several groups in various stages of the development of a Hole in the Wall Camp in the following locations:
Ann Arbor, MI
Bringing Together Professionals to Achieve Global Outcomes
In 2006, the Association of Hole in the Wall Camps sponsored five major conferences for more than 100 Hole in the Wall Camp staff and board members. These gatherings provided Camp leaders with opportunities to discuss critical information and best practices with their peers. Conferences among our skilled staff are becoming more frequent and more focused on achieving well-defined outcomes among the illness groups and regional communities we serve. Peer Visits, Internal Staff Volunteering and the expansion of our Extranet further encouraged camp networking and the sharing of best practices in 2006. These initiatives all had an eye toward ensuring that Hole in the Wall Camps continue to meet – and exceed – the high expectations of campers, their parents and medical professionals.
Raising Public Awareness of the Hole in the Wall Mission
Over this past year, the Association of Hole in the Wall Camps actively set out to share the mission of our programs and need for ongoing support. In our effort to raise public awareness, we have been very fortunate to benefit from a remarkable collection of in-kind partners who donated spots in their printed publications and various other media.
For example in 2006, American Airlines generously provided the Hole in the Wall Camps with an opportunity to spread our message through in-flight programming and full-page ads in their American Way and Nexos magazines. We are grateful for this extraordinary chance to bring our Camps’ spirit to more people around the world.