There are many additional resources for children with serious medical conditions while they’re not having a blast at The Painted Turtle! Check out the list below to explore other ways to empower your child outside of Camp. Additional information and resources will be added regularly.
Request a Turtle-Gram for
The Painted Turtle Outpost also offers “Turtle-Grams” to previous campers under the age of 18 who will be hospitalized or on bed rest for three days or more. “Turtle-Grams” packages deliver a healthy dose of camp cheer and aim to offer some comfort and fun to our campers when they’re not at camp! If you are a parent or guardian and your child qualifies for this program, please complete this form.
Children’s Network (formerly
The Association of Hole in the Wall Camps)
The SeriousFun Children’s Network is our not-for-profit parent organization that serves all existing SeriousFun Camps as well as provisional camps.
Angel Flight West helps to arrange free air transportation to and from appointments for medical services, including camp.
Adrian’s Place is a community hub in Santa Monica, offering recreational, social, and academic programs for teens and transitional-aged adults tailored to meet their abilities. Through a variety of programs, children gain leadership, independence, and integration with typical peers through these formative years.
Parents Helping Parents (PHP) strives to improve the quality of life for any child with special need of any age, through educating, supporting and training their primary caregivers.
Special Needs Summer Camps for Boys and Girls
Special Camp for Special Kids provides a revolutionary educational and recreational summer day camp for youth with disabilities in one-to-one peer relationships with volunteer counselors.
The American Camp Association is a community of camp professionals who, for over 100 years, have joined together to share our knowledge and experience and to ensure the quality of camp programs.
Very Special Camps
A directory that lists camps for people with special needs.
NeedyMeds is a non-profit information resource devoted to helping people in need find assistance programs to help them afford their medications and costs related to health care.
Founded in 1988, Dream Street, a non-profit corporation, provides camping programs for children with chronic and life threatening illnesses. Funded by the Dream Street Foundation, children with cancer, blood disorders and other illnesses are given the opportunity to enjoy the experiences normally restricted due to their illness.
Brave Kids, a new initiative of United Cerebral Palsy, serves children with disabilities and chronic/life-threatening illnesses by providing a support community, information and resources on numerous medical conditions like genetic diseases, autism, cancer, cerebral palsy, etc.
Pediatric Therapy Network was founded in 1996 by a handful of therapists, parents and volunteers who envisioned an organization that would provide the community with high quality therapy, research and education as it relates to fostering the best possible outcomes for children with special needs.
McDonald For Good Times
Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times® was founded in 1982 by a group of caring individuals who dreamed of a place where children who have had their lives devastated by childhood cancer could recapture what being a child is supposed to be.