Camp Catch Your Breath celebrates its 28th anniversary this year; with a week-long camp July 22-27 for children ages 8 to13 who suffer from asthma.
Sponsored and funded by United Hospital Center the camp will again be held at Jackson’s Mill 4-H Camp, offering 24-hour professional staffing to monitor asthma medications, offer asthma education and nutrition classes.
The specialty camp is capable of handling 70 campers who are taken on a first come, first serve basis. If a camper were to have to pay entirely for attending, cost would be $500; but thanks to hospital funding, local businesses and individual contributions, costs have been kept to $70 per child with scholarships available for those who need assistance.
During camp, the children will learn by sharing their experiences, make decisions about their conditions and express their feelings about having asthma. In addition to the educational component, children will participate in games, sports, swimming, and crafts.
Medical Staff will be present at all times and emergency medical support will be readily available. The camp director, Sonny Hoskinson, also from UHC, is a registered pharmacist experienced in coordinating asthma camps. The camp counselors are respiratory therapists and nurses.
This asthma camp is the only one of its kind in West Virginia; the camp draws from as far away as Philadelphia, Virginia Beach, and Baltimore.
Registration for the camp can be accomplished by calling UHC Pharmacy at 681.342.1560 or by emailing UHC pharmacist Sonny Hoskinson at firstname.lastname@example.org.