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Camp Jeremy is a week-long day camp in Blue Bell, PA, that offers children who have undergone a life-saving organ transplant and their siblings an opportunity to make friends with kids just like them. This year's Camp Jeremy will take place July 18 - 22, 2016.
Check out photos from Camp Jeremy 2015 on our Facebook page here.
For the past 11 summers, children who received a life-saving transplant and their siblings were able to experience a week of camp at Mermaid Country Day Camp thanks to the Clemens family and Lauren Parkin, camp director. Transplant Recipients and siblings from the ages of 5-16 are welcome to come for the week.
The kids 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.
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 water slides, 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: firstname.lastname@example.org (215) 557-8090 for an application and medical waiver.
Camp Jeremy 2016 Application - 483.7KB
Please fill out the attached form to attend Camp Jeremy 2016.
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. Gift of Life will provide shuttle buses to 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.
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.
What does my child need to bring for the camp?
Please refer to the application above for a checklist of items necessary for the children to bring to camp.
Gift of Life Family House
Lodging & Support for Transplant Families
Thousands of patients come to Philadelphia hospitals every year needing life-saving organ transplants. Many come from out of state or travel great distances. Family House is a refuge for patients and their families who are on this journey.