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Camp Joint Venture

Camp Joint VentureSM,sponsored by Children’s Hospital of Georgia, is an overnight summer camp for children between the ages of six to 18 who have been diagnosed with juvenile arthritis and related diseases. The goal of camp is to provide children and adolescents with rheumatic disease the opportunity to participate in normal childhood activities in a summer camp setting. It also provides parents a break from caring for a child with chronic illness. They can be assured their child is safe, cared for and having fun in a safe environment.

At Camp Joint Venture, the main focus is taken off the child’s medical needs, and placed instead on the psychosocial and developmental needs. Campers are offered the excitement and fun of traditional summer camp activities. They are also offered the unique advantage of being in an environment cared for by staff that are responsive to their special medical needs. Campers enjoy a week packed full of fun and adventure while learning that they are not alone in their fight against rheumatic disease. 

Camp Joint Venture was started in 2002 by a pediatric rheumatology nurse and physician. Children treated at the Children’s Hospital of Georgia for rheumatic disease are invited to attend camp free of charge. Camp Joint Venture is held at the beautiful facilities of Camp Will-A-Way in Winder, Georgia. Camp Twin Lakes gives children a deeper understanding of nature and allows them to share the joys of an outdoor setting that is comfortable and secure. Campers are encouraged to explore a variety of interests and activities including swimming, arts and crafts, archery, boating, biking and a multitude of sports activities.

For more information, contact Camp Director, Katie Lawhead, at 706-721-4392 or klawhead@gru.edu.

2008 Camp Joint Venture Campers
2008 Camp Joint Venture group photo

Camp Joint Venture is an opportunity for children to create memories that will last a lifetime. Most importantly, it is a time for kids to just be kids!