Registration Open for July 16-20 Camp in Salinas
Salinas, CA, May 25, 2018- Children living with asthma have the unique opportunity to learn how
to better manage their condition while experiencing a summer camp environment
with other children and adults who understand the impact of asthma. The
Mark Velcoff, MD Asthma Camp, which is celebrating its 33rd year, offers
children with mild to severe asthma a chance to enjoy outdoor activities
in a safe and supervised environment. Registration is open now for the
weeklong camp, set for July 16-20.
The week is full of outdoor adventures such as hiking, swimming, softball
and even yoga. The immersive camp is as educational as it is fun. Campers
learn about their condition, such as what triggers their asthma, the importance
of the medications they take and how asthma affects their bodies.
“We are so proud to continue offering this camp to children in our
community for the 33rd year in a row,” says Steven Prager, MD, Asthma Camp Medical Director.
“Every child who participates in Asthma Camp ends the week feeling
empowered with the knowledge that will affect them for the rest of their
The physical activities all take place under the supervision of trained
staff, including physicians and clinical volunteers from Salinas Valley
Memorial Healthcare System. 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.
“Asthma Camp educates you about your asthma and how you’re
not alone with your asthma,” says Sienna Miller, Asthma Camp participant.
“I have learned that you can still do things other kids can do with
asthma. Asthma Camp is really awesome!”
Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System and Children’s Miracle
Network sponsor the Mark Velcoff, MD Asthma Camp. The weeklong camp is
held at Monterey Park Elementary School from July 16-20, 9 am to 3 pm
for children ages 6 to 12 with mild to severe asthma.
This year, the Mark Velcoff, MD Asthma Camp continues a component started
last year which is an overnight camp experience complete with campfire
and roasting marshmallows. 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 831-759-1890.