Our Campers

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:

  • Arthritis / Rheumatic
  • Asthma (severe)
  • Cancer
  • Craniofacial
  • Diabetes (family retreat weekend only)
  • Epilepsy
  • Heart
  • Hemophilia / Bleeding disorders
  • Immune Deficiency
  • Gastrointestinal Illnesses
  • Kidney
  • Sickle Cell
  • Spina Bifida
  • Transplants
  • Ventilator Assisted Care (family retreat weekend only)

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.

Leader In Training Program

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, and is not a program centered around learning how to be a counselor. Participation in this program does not guarantee future employment at Camp Boggy Creek.

See this form for general information about the program.  At this time, the application window for the Summer 2018 Leader In Training sessions has passed. 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.

"My first visit to Boggy Creek helped me so much because until then I had never been with kids with the same disease. This was the first time I had ever been away from home. Everyone was so wonderful and I had so much fun I didn’t want to leave."
- Lynn, Camper