Camp Perthes International
Perthes Kids Foundation organizes the following international camp programs in the USA (est. 2013), Australia (est. 2016), England (est. 2018) & Spain (est. 2019). Each camp generally has between 35-50 kids, for ages 7-15, all diagnosed with Legg-Calve-Perthes disease, with around 10-16 adult volunteers, which include a supportive mix of parents, medical students/staff and adults with Perthes. We provide all meals, lodging and activities, within a safe, friendly, and fun environment.
Parents of children with Perthes will find our camps to be an amazing and life-changing, experience for their kids, to finally meet other kids, just like them. Having Perthes and a limp is the "normal", so kids never feel out of place, here. We help build confidence and encourage our kids to always just be themselves. Camp also provides a unique opportunity for parents to meet up, bond and share stories with each other, while their kid is at camp.
Please join one of our CAMP PERTHES Facebook groups for your particular country of interest. There, you will find other parents, volunteers, photos, videos and lots of information about the camp.
CAMP PERTHES USA
Our 7th annual CAMP PERTHES USA will take place July 15-19, 2019, in Irvine, California. This year we’ll be having a Perthes Warrior-themed camp, to celebrate the strength and determination of our Perthes Kids, in taking on the challenges of Perthes with a positive attitude, and fighting the fight with a smile, like a true warrior! #PerthesStrong
Camp will once again, be held at the Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center. Camp Perthes is solely dedicated to kids diagnosed with Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease, and will feature fun activities, sports & games, that are customized for various mobility restrictions, due to Perthes. It will also include a special camp field trip to California Adventure and/or Disneyland!!!
For all camp applications, volunteer information, and other updates, please sign up for the program email list (if this is your first time), and also join our Perthes Brief at the bottom of this page. Your kid will love this experience! Camp Perthes USA applications will be available in February 2019.
CAMP PERTHES USA activities include:
Drone Flying Exhibition
Perthes Cooking Class
Swimming & Waterslides
Silver & Gold Mining
The Amazing Race Scavenger Hunt
Full Movie Screening of Crutch (parents invited)
Camp Perthes Trivia Contest
Live Musical Performance
Wacky Science Lab
Night Safari & Fortnite Party
Camp Perthes Talent Show (parents invited)
Campfire Stories & S'mores
Nature Hike & Survivor Class
Q&A with Perthes Doctors/Surgeons (parents invited)
and much, much more!
CAMP PERTHES AUSTRALIA
Our 4th CAMP PERTHES AUSTRALIA will take place in Gold Coast (Tamborine Mountain), Queensland, Australia, in September/October 2019, at Queensland Conference and Camping Centre. Camp Applications will be available in April.
Tamborine Mountain, Queensland, AU
CAMP PERTHES UK
Our 2nd CAMP PERTHES UK will take place in August 2019. The camp will be located in Winchester, England, United Kingdom, at Marwell Outdoor Activity Centre. Camp applications and more information will be available in March!
Winchester, England, UK
CAMP PERTHES SPAIN
The inaugural CAMP PERTHES ESPAÑA will take place in 2019/2020. We will be working with the ASFAPE organization to help coordinate the event / La inauguración del CAMP PERTHES ESPAÑA tendrá lugar en 2019/2020. Trabajaremos con la organización ASFAPE para ayudar a coordinar el evento.
Kids Open Up About Perthes
The above video was shot during our Camp Perthes USA field trip to Six Flags Magic Mountain amusement park. We always make time to journey outside of camp, as one group, and do something fun and/or educational in the local area. The adventure always makes for great bonding and friendship building, for all the kids, as they usually sing songs, open up, and share stories about their common bond, which is having Perthes disease.
“This bus ride to Six Flags was yet another proud and memorable experience for our kids and the rest of us.”
— Camp Perthes Volunteer