Mission, Vision, Values
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.