A plus for everyone
But don’t think the kids are the only ones to benefit! Heart Heroes Camp gives back to everyone involved with it. In addition to four physicians responsible for the medical supervision of the camp, a team of volunteers – eight residents, 15 pediatric nurses, one pharmacist and another health care professional – participate in the camp, are group leaders, administer medication and help with overall camp planning and organizing.
They appreciate the opportunity the camp gives them “to interact with patients in a completely different way outside the hospital setting,” Devin explains. “It helps us better understand and advocate for the kids and their families in the hospital and in the community. It’s given many of us a completely different perspective in thinking about our patients,” he adds. Through the camp experience, they feel “a sense of community amongst themselves and with the campers (and sometimes their families) when they are looking after them in hospital following their camp experiences.”
Increasing inclusivity with a new, accessible campsite
“We have always sought to make the camp more inclusive,” says Devin. “We were able to do that while in the planning stages for HH Camp 2020, when we found a new site with an accessible facility.” About the new, accessible site, Devin says, “This will be a major step forward for us and our campers. We’ll be eliminating a significant barrier to camp participation with this accessible facility, welcoming children with physical disabilities.”
Onward with Heart Heroes Camp 2022!
Like so many wonderful events that were scheduled for 2020 and 2021, only to fall at the feet of the COVID-19 pandemic, Heart Heroes Camp was cancelled in both years. And what was a difficult and sad decision in 2020, was an even more difficult and reluctantly made decision in 2021.
With the health and well-being of campers and volunteers top of mind, the Little Heart Heroes team set their sites on Heart Heroes Camp 2022, to be held at its new, accessible site:
“While we certainly miss our wonderful campers, we are hoping for a brighter outlook with new memories to be made in 2022. We have been working with our new camp site and have new dates for July 8 to 10, 2022. Please hold these in your calendars when making plans for next summer! We hope to see many of your Little Heart Heroes.” Little Heart Heroes Facebook, May 2, 2021