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 camp’s leadership development program open to former campers and siblings, ages 17-18, who are no longer eligible for summer camp programming due to age. The Program occurs year-round and takes place during both summer camp sessions and family retreats. The activities are designed so that young adults can learn leadership skills, practice those skills in the context of camp, and develop their own self-confidence and self-efficacy in their ability to create positive change. The standard Leader in Training Program welcomes primarily first-time participants to serve camp while learning through a combination of hands-on experiences, time with staff and volunteer mentors, and workshops allowing them to explore leadership topics together. The Advanced Leader in Training Program is available to returning participants through application and allows them to dive deeper into established topics and build upon their previous experiences. With an application process designed to mirror a standard job application, the learning begins from the moment everyone chooses to apply.

Questions regarding the Leader in Training Program can be directed to Liam Underwood at 352-483-4200 ex. 4285 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.

"At Boggy Creek all are accepted for the wonderful person they are and encouraged to embrace the life given them. What a wonderful place to be a part of. Boggy Creek is incredible. Volunteering here for the summer was incredible."
- Tristin, Camp Volunteer