Mission, Vision, Values


Mission, Vision, Values

A collage of images of campers enjoying The Painted Turtle


The mission of The Painted Turtle is to provide a year-round, life-changing environment and authentic camp experience for children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses. The Painted Turtle supports children’s medical needs, inspires them to reach beyond their illnesses, and provides care, education, and respite for their families. All campers and families attend completely free of charge.

Campers at The Painted Turtle enjoy a fun, safe, and adaptive environment where all activities are designed to accommodate campers with medical concerns. At Camp, children are empowered to learn about their own medical care and are given the confidence to become more independent. Each session is grouped by similar diagnoses, where campers are surrounded by others who can understand their challenges. The community at Camp transcends the days that campers spend there, leading to friendships that create a feeling of inclusion and connection outside of Camp.


To bring the magic of Camp to as many as possible, creating a community of joy, courage, and belonging.


The Painted Turtle’s shell image is a symbol of our commitment to create a community that uplifts and empowers all who are a part. By leading with heart, we pursue our vision to foster a culture of compassion founded on a strong sense of trust. With that foundation, we have the courage to try new things and enjoy every present moment with immense joy.

The Painted Turtle Shell

Green Turtle Shell which represents Community in The Painted Turtle Core ValuesCommunity
Work as a community to create impactful change.

Red Turtle Shell which represents Heart in The Painted Turtle Core ValuesHeart
Operate with intention from the heart.


Blue Turtle Shell which represents Vision  in The Painted Turtle Core ValuesVision
Strive towards a greater vision by pursuing growth, exhibiting leadership, and embracing the power of new ideas.

Pink Turtle Shell which represents Compassion in The Painted Turtle Core ValuesCompassion
Serve with compassion to foster a supportive and inclusive environment.

Purple Turtle Shell which represents Trust in The Painted Turtle Core ValuesTrust
Build trust by acting with integrity, reliability, and mutual respect.

Yellow Turtle Shell which represents Courage in The Painted Turtle Cor e ValuesCourage
Embody courage: be bold, be creative, be our best selves! 

Orange  Turtle Shell which represents Joy in The Painted Turtle Core ValuesJoy
Choose Joy.