What is Camp Oasis?

Camp Oasis, I have been told was started by Dr. Cohen. If anyone has been to Dr. Cohen you know his love to children! Justin and I think he is awesome! Justin is always excited to go see him!

Camp Oasis is put on by the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (Georgia – http://www.ccfa.org/chapters/georgia/). This link might give you more information – http://www.ccfa.org/get-involved/camp-oasis/find-a-camp/.

It is held at Fort Yargo State Park – Camp Twin Lakes – Will-A-Way in Winder, GA – http://www.camptwinlakes.org/locations/willaway.html.

Just to tell you a little about what I have learned this summer about Camp Oasis. This was Justin’s first year. The camp does NOT cook for the SCD Diet. Most of the parents there do not know anything about the diet. The staff at the cafeteria work with you to help assist you with your child’s diet. They will provide you with the menu and any ingredients/recipes to help determine what your child can eat while there. Wendy and I worked together with Cameron and Justin’s menu and they could eat the chicken, hamburger patties, pot roast, and green beans while there. There is a salad bar and plenty of fresh fruit during snack times. All of the children and leaders there besides the doctors and nurses have Crohn’s or Colitis with the exception of a handful of volunteers. Alot of the leaders came as children and are still returning every year! Overall, from what I learned, they are trying to teach the kids to “own” their disease. It is a funfilled, ACTIVE week! There was rock climbing, remote control cars, canoeing, swimming, water slide, beach volleyball, cabin skits, zip lining (13+ years old), and more! There was an 80’s dance and carnival night! Justin cannot wait to go back next year, and the next, and the next!

I think it’s a great place for the children to see they are not alone and “that they can defeat their disease”(says Justin)!

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One thought on “What is Camp Oasis?

  1. Paige, thanks for sharing all the great things about Camp Oasis!! This was Cameron’s second year and he also had a ball. The only thing he was sad about is that since he’s a rising senior in high school, he has to sit out for one year. But he’s already excited about coming back the following year as a counselor. Even though they don’t make SCD meals, I don’t mind making up for the gaps because it’s such a great experience for the kids. Thank you Camp Oasis, Dr. Cohen, Mary Ball and CCFA!!!

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