|Camp for hospitalized patients is a blast|
While the space shuttle Atlantis makes its final journey, the patients at All Children's Hospital are doing some space exploration of their own as part of 2011 Camp Week: Blast Off From ACH.
Children with serious illnesses don't usually have the opportunity to attend camps or summer programs, so the hospital's Child Life Department brings camp right here to the patients, explains department director Luci Weber, CCLS. "The Children's Auditorium in our new hospital gives us plenty of space for these kind of activities, so last year we introduced the summertime camp week and it was a great success."
ACH patients and their siblings can take part in morning and afternoon activities that include space-themed crafts and recreation, making moon rock cookies, Outer Space Bingo, a "campfire" and drum circle. An "Out of this World" party on Friday afternoon will wrap up the week's fun events.
Seven-year-old Zach likes the camp because "you get to make friends and you get to make stuff." On Monday alone he made an astronaut helmet and moon shoes and decorated a t-shirt with rockets, aliens, meteors and space weapons.
A frequent patient at All Children's, 13-year-old Alec likes Space Camp because it brings more opportunities to "get out of your room." Patients have the chance to do that every weekday, but Space Camp offers unique events and extra activities.