Thank you to AbbVie for their generous support of 2016 JA Camps across the country.
Registration for our 2017 camp programs will open in early 2017. Please continue to check back for updates or reach out to your local staff contact. Find out who to contact at your nearest Arthritis Foundation office.
About Our JA Camps
For many young people, a week at camp with other kids who have JA can change their life. The Arthritis Foundation’s JA camps give kids with arthritis and related conditions the chance to make lasting memories. For many campers, it’s the first time they’ve met other kids who live with the same challenges and limitations.
There are some 50 JA camps across the country. Since 2009, they’ve attracted more than 6,000 participants. The camps vary by location, name, dates and the activities they offer. But all provide a safe and encouraging environment, and all are led by trained staff and volunteers. Health care professionals are on site to tend to any medical needs and make sure prescriptions are taken on schedule.
Camps feature traditional summer camping activities, such as campfires, singing and storytelling, arts and crafts, swimming, canoeing, fishing, archery, nature hikes, rock climbing, horseback riding, zip lines and more.
The camaraderie enjoyed at JA camps results in lasting friendships. The camp experience helps kids develop independence and build self-confidence. Campers often go on to become camp counselors as young adults.
Many of our camps are free; those that charge a fee often make scholarships available for those who need them.
To learn about JA camp opportunities, fees and scholarship availability:
- View our comprehensive list of 2016 JA camps, locations, dates and more. (2017 dates coming soon)
- Or enter your zip code into the Arthritis Foundation's Resource Finder to find a camp near you.
- You can also find out who to contact at your nearest Arthritis Foundation office.
- Or call 800-283-7800 and ask how to reach the Arthritis Foundation office closest to you.