Tyler, TX (UTHNE) — Children with severe asthma are having fun while learning more about their disease during this week’s Texas Asthma Camp for Kids, which began Sunday, June 23, and continues through noon Friday, June 28, 2013.
Children whose asthma is severe enough to prevent them from attending a regular summer camp will have priority in registration, Camp Director Rhonda Scoby said.
During the annual camp, children learn what triggers their asthma, how their medications work, and how better to manage their asthma.
“We rely on physicians and school nurses to help us identify the sickest kids, those who will benefit the most from attending asthma camp. We want kids whose experience at Texas Asthma Camp will make a real and positive difference in their lives,” Scoby said.
“Research shows that children who attend asthma camp miss fewer school days and have fewer emergency room visits and hospitalizations during the following year than children who don’t go to asthma camp,” she said.
Now in its 29th year, the camp is hosting about 70 children, ages 7 to 14. UT Health Northeast conducts the camp, and the Texas Chest Foundation underwrites it.
Held at Camp Tyler on Lake Tyler, four miles east of Whitehouse, the camp is the oldest camp for children with asthma in Texas. Since 1985, about 3,000 children have learned the skills necessary to manage their asthma while at the same time realizing that they could run, swim, and have fun – just like kids at traditional camps.
Campers are monitored closely at all times. The Health Science Center provides medical support with a 24-hour, specially equipped clinic staffed by on-site physicians and nurses. In addition, the camp provides valuable training opportunities for respiratory therapist students from Tyler Junior College and Angelina College in Lufkin, who serve as camp counselors.
A fee of $15 is required to register for the camp. The cost per camper for the weeklong camp is $185, plus the registration fee, for a total of $200. Financial assistance to attend camp is available through the Texas Chest Foundation.