What: Mark Velcoff, MD Asthma Camp
When: Monday, July 25 though Friday, July 29
Who: Open to Children 6–12 years old with Asthma
Where: Monterey Park Elementary School
410 San Miguel Avenue, Salinas
Information: (831) 757-3627
Fee: $55 covers 5 days/scholarships available

Children living with asthma have the unique opportunity to take part in The Mark Velcoff, MD Asthma Camp. The week long camp is celebrating its 31th year in Salinas, providing children living with mild to severe asthma a chance to enjoy outdoor physical activities in a safe environment.

“We want to empower children with Asthma,” says Camp Medical Director, Steven Prager, MD. “Our camp experience is unique and has a life long impact on the children who are involved with the program.”

The week is full of outdoor adventures such as hiking, swimming and softball. The physical activities take place under the supervision of trained staff including physicians and clinical volunteers from Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System and Central Coast YMCA. Campers learn about their condition, such as what triggers their asthma, the importance of the medicines they take and how asthma affects their bodies.

“It educates you about your asthma and how you’re not alone,” says last year’s Asthma Camp participant, Sienna Grant. “It taught me how much I can do and how to manage my asthma so I can have fun with other kids.”

At the start of camp, all participants get a T-shirt, water bottle, fanny pack and valuable workbook outlining a week of activities, tools to remember and a place to track their success. On the final day, there is a camp Olympics, family lunch and graduation.

The Mark Velcoff, MD Asthma Camp is sponsored Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System and Children’s Miracle Network. The weeklong camp is held at Monterey Park Elementary School from July 25 – 29, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for children ages 6 to 12 with mild to severe asthma. New this year is an overnight experience. The cost is $55 per child and scholarships are available. More information is available online at svmh.com/asthmacamp. To register or for more information call 831-757-3627.