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, 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 6th annual CAMP PERTHES USA will take place June 18-22, 2018, in Irvine, California! This will be our very special Perthes SURVIVOR-themed camp! Our 2017 camp was in partnership with The Painted Turtle, with a theme based on Empathy & Inclusion, where our Perthes Kids got the opportunity to share campgrounds with dozens of other kids with other unique, medical conditions, to make new friends, learn their stories and create fun memories, together.
This year's camp will be at a new location, within Irvine Regional Park, solely dedicated to kids diagnosed with Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease, and will feature an All-Star version of our very popular Survivor Challenge (with invited celebrity guests). It will also include a special camp field trip to Disneyland!!! For international camp applications, volunteer information and other updates, please sign up for the program email list, and also join our Perthes Brief at the bottom of this page. Your kid will love this experience! Camp Perthes USA applications are now closed.
Camp Perthes USA 2018 is officially over. Information about next year's Camp Perthes USA, will be available in January 2019.
Other CAMP PERTHES USA 2018 activities include:
- Swimming & Waterslides
- Silver & Gold Mining
- Piñata Swing
- Scavenger Hunt
- Private, Movie Sneak Peek of Crutch (parents invited)
- Horticulture, Gardening & Environmental Class
- Wacky Science Lab
- Night Safari Glow Party
- Camp Perthes Talent Show (parents invited)
- Campfire Stories & S'mores
- Nature Hike & Survivalist Class
- Q&A with Perthes Doctor/Surgeon (parents invited)
- and much, much more!
CAMP PERTHES AUSTRALIA
Our 3rd CAMP PERTHES AUSTRALIA will take place in Gold Coast (Tamborine Mountain), Queensland, Australia, from September 30th to October 5th, at QCCC. Camp Applications are now closed. Deadline to apply was July 15th. Camp Volunteer Applications are available now, and the deadline is July 25th. Click here to fill out an application.
September 30 - October 5
Tamborine Mountain, Queensland, AU
CAMP PERTHES UK
The inaugural CAMP PERTHES UK will take place in August 6-10, 2018. The camp will be located in Winchester, England, United Kingdom, at Marwell Outdoor Activity Centre. Camp Applications are now closed. Deadline to apply was May 15th.
Volunteer Applications are available now closed. Deadline was June 15th.
Winchester, England, UK
Kids Open Up About Perthes
The above video was shot during our Camp Perthes USA 2017 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 volunteers.