Camp Boggy Creek is specifically designed for children with chronic or life threatening illnesses and allows them to safely enjoy the activities of a “traditional” camp. Between early morning swims and evening campfires, children whose lives have been a series of medical procedures and hospital stays are transformed into just “kids.” They have a chance to be with others coping with the same illness or condition and realize that they are not alone.
Camp Boggy Creek is a permanent, year-round facility where children ages 7 through 16 with chronic or life-threatening illnesses and their families can come to Camp at no charge to them. Camp Boggy Creek provides a safe and exciting camp experience for children from throughout Florida suffering from:
Programs at Camp Boggy Creek include week long summer sessions as well as family retreat weekends and each includes full medical coverage with on-site professionals in the illness specialty being served.
The Camp Boggy Creek experience is more than a fun-filled getaway. It helps children and their families to better cope with the day-to-day challenges they face in dealing with serious illness.
The Leader in Training Program is for former campers and their siblings who have attended camp. Applicants must be age 17-18 during the upcoming summer. This one-week program is designed to teach leadership skills through workshops and interactions with campers. Participation in this program does not guarantee future employment at Camp Boggy Creek.
See this form for more information and directions on how to sign up to receive an application. Due to the nature of this program as a leadership learning experience, we ask that the former camper/sibling be the one filling out the application and acting as the primary contact during the application process. Questions regarding the Leader in Training Program should be directed to Luke Gonyea at 352-483-4200 x4285 or LIT@campboggycreek.org.
Because there is no charge to come to any of the programs at Camp Boggy Creek, the cost of staffing and operating the camp is covered by contributions from individuals, corporations, foundations and healthcare partnerships. We also rely on over 1,800 volunteers each year to fulfill our mission to serve these brave children and their families.
Transportation to and from the camp is usually the family or guardian’s responsibility; however, many local health organizations will help with the cost and coordination of travel plans, and other special arrangements can be made.
"Thank you to my pal and all the families that helped me forget about my illness and put a smile on my face!!"