Who We Are

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Who We Are

We believe all children should be able to experience the joys of childhood and the profound, life-long impact of camp. The Painted Turtle staff, volunteers, Board of Directors, and supporters work year-round to give children with serious medical conditions the chance just to be kids in a safe and inclusive environment. Thousands of campers and family members come together each year to sing, dance, laugh, grow and discover their potential in a community of people who have shared experiences.

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Our Mission
The Power of the Camp Experience

Boy holding freshly caught fish by the lake

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.

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Our Core Values

The Painted Turtle Shell

We use The Painted Turtle shell as a symbol of our commitment to create a community which evokes positive and impactful change through a trust that holds us accountable to the graceful understanding represented by our compassion. The courage to stand up for our vision is at the heart of our intentional leadership; and so we are joyful in each and every present moment.

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Our Story

From left to right: Page Adler, Gil Friesen, Mary Brown, Lou Adler, Tony Ressler, Jami Gertz, Paul Newman, and Bruce Willis – May 22, 2004

The Painted Turtle began as a dream in 1999 when Paul Newman and Page Adler, along with a group of other dedicated individuals, co-founded The Painted Turtle to let kids with medical conditions just be kids. Through the ongoing commitment of these individuals, many of whom sit on our board today, the dream of The Painted Turtle became a reality. Located just outside of Los Angeles in Lake Hughes, California, The Painted Turtle has served tens of thousands of children and families since opening in 2004.

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Founders & Board of Directors

The Painted Turtle Board Members

The Painted Turtle was founded by a remarkable group of business men and women, philanthropists, and families. Beginning with Page and Lou Adler and Paul Newman, the generosity of the following Founders has helped to make the dream of creating a life-changing environment for children with serious medical conditions a reality.

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Advisory Board

The Painted Turtle is grateful for the many individuals who give of their time and talents to serve on our Advisory Boards to help guide decisions, raise funds and spread awareness about Camp.

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News, Photos, and Videos

Whether you are looking for the latest news about Camp or trying to get a sense of what The Painted Turtle looks like in action, you’ll find it here! 

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Contact Us

For general inquiries, please fill out the form to the right.

Directions to the campsite

***Please note that ALL camp visitors must contact a staff member to schedule a visit ahead of time. Unannounced visitors will NOT be allowed on the grounds.

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General FAQs
What is The Painted Turtle?

The Painted Turtle is a year-round medical specialty camp for children who have serious medical conditions. All campers and their families attend free of charge.

Through our condition-specific, week-long Summer Sessions and Fall and Spring Family Weekends, children have the opportunity to learn new strategies of medical self-care, increase their confidence, and build supportive friendships with peers who have the same medical conditions.