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Camp Jeremy

Camp Jeremy is a week-long day camp in Blue Bell, PA, that offers children who have undergone a life-saving organ transplant an opportunity to make friends with other young recipients. This year's Camp Jeremy will take place Monday, July 22- Friday, July 26, 2013.

Image of Gabe and Mike (kidney recipients) take a break from the heat at Camp Jeremy.Zoom+ Gabe and Mike (kidney recipients) take a break from the heat at Camp Jeremy. Brad Glazier Photography

For the past eight summers, children who received a life-saving transplant were able to experience a week of camp at Mermaid Country Day Camp thanks to the Clemens family and Ross Grieve, camp director. Transplant Recipients and siblings from the ages of 6-17 are welcome to come for the week. Please read the information below and request an application if you are interested.

Use the FAQ below to answer any questions about Camp Jeremy that you have.

We are also currently accepting outside sponsorships.

For more information contact Karen Keener, kkeener@donors1.orgor, 215-557-8090

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Camp Jeremy Application 2013

What is Camp Jeremy?

Image of Brandon (heart recipient) plays with the arcade games at Camp Jeremy.Zoom+ Brandon (heart recipient) plays with the arcade games at Camp Jeremy. Brad Glazier Photography

Camp Jeremy offers an opportunity for transplant recipients and their siblings between the ages of 6 and 16 to participate in a wide range of activities including: swimming, arts & crafts, nature study, archery, athletics, tennis, beach volleyball, music, group games, and more free of charge.

Camp Jeremy is held at Mermaid Country Day Camp (MCDC), which is located at Mermaid Lake, Inc., a 65-acre recreation complex in Blue Bell, PA. MCDC provides day camp programs throughout the summer to children between 4 and 16 years old. Camp Jeremy begins at 8:45am each morning and ends at 4:15pm each afternoon.

Image of Heniah (liver and bone marrow recipient) shows off her winnings at the arcade during Camp Jeremy. Zoom+ Heniah (liver and bone marrow recipient) shows off her winnings at the arcade during Camp Jeremy. Brad Glazier Photography

The idea for Camp Jeremy was inspired by Jeremy Clemens, who received a heart transplant at age eight, and worked as a Mermaid Country Day Camp counselor for several years. His family wishes to continue Jeremy's tradition of having transplant recipients enjoy a week at camp.

The camp facilities include a 70 X 30 meter swimming pool with a water slide, a wading pool, tennis courts, 9 hole, par 3 golf course, 18 hole miniature golf course, 3 basketball courts, 4 baseball/ softball fields, 5 multi-purpose athletic fields, 3 Newcomb / Volleyball Courts, Putting Green, Street Hockey Court, Tetherball Courts, Archery Range, Ceramics Studio, Ropes Course, Climbing Wall, Playgrounds, Game Room, Jewelry Studio, Arts and Crafts Pavilion, Indoor space for rainy day.

How do I apply?

Please contact Karen Keener: kkeener@donors1.orgor (215) 557-8090 for an application and medical waiver.

Who is allowed to attend the camp?

Any transplant recipient between the ages of 6 and 17 and accompanying siblings.

How will my child get to camp every day?

You can drop and pick up your child every day at the camp in Blue Bell, PA or there will be transportation provided from two different pick up locations for the week. The first pick up location is at A.I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware and the second is at Gift of Life Donor Program in Philadelphia, PA. The camp will be providing shuttle buses and will pick up and drop off the children at these locations. * Families will be contacted the week before camp with exact pick-up and drop-off times (between 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. and 5:00-5:30 p.m.)

Image of Young recipients work on crafts together at Camp Jeremy 2011.Zoom+ Young recipients work on crafts together at Camp Jeremy 2011.

Is there a nurse at the day camp?

Yes, there is a registered nurse that will be able to attend to the kids at anytime during the entire week of the camp. The nurse will make a phone call before the camp begins to review and health concerns, dietary needs, etc.

What does my child need to bring for the camp?

Lunch is provided at the day camp as well as an afternoon snack, but if you would like your child to have an extra snack, etc., please pack that in your child's bag. The children always have access to water and there is also a snack bar at the pool where they can purchase additional food. Also, if they are able to swim, please pack a swimsuit and towel for your child and clothes for outdoor activities (i.e. sneakers, socks, shorts, t-shirt, suntan lotion, etc.). If your child requires a car seat or booster seat (in accordance with state law), please provide when dropping off your child for the shuttle.

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