Happy Campers Week - St. Augustine Health Ministries
“At the end of the day,” he says, “we come out in nature not because the science says it does something to us, but because of how it makes us feel.” – David Strayer
Florence Williams

National Geographic; "This Is Your Brain On Nature"

Living Life

Each year, during St. Augustine Health Campus’s Happy Campers Week, approximately 30+ nursing home and assisted living residents go camping. An additional 30+ will join them each day for day camp.

Campers enjoy a variety of activities and can live life to the fullest –in spirit of age, illness or disability. The staff is always amazed at the transformation that each resident displays during and after our camping trip. The fresh air, the freedom, and just being away from “home” seems to give residents new energy and more independence. They come back from camp saying, “I felt normal again!” The success of Happy Campers is evidenced when residents don as for pain or anxiety medication throughout the week!

Volunteer Your Time

Happy Campers Week would be an impossible endeavor if it weren’t for the many volunteers who generously donate their time. Volunteers help transport residents to activities and around the campgrounds, serve meals in the dining hall, play cards and games, help with crafts or simply be a new friend for our residents. Volunteer individually or as a group!

If you are interested in volunteering for Happy Campers Week or would like more information, call (216) 939.7601

Sponsor & Donate

This is a costly and labor-intensive endeavor. So why do we do it? Because it’s the right thing to do as part of our mission to promote quality of life. You can help make this “vacation” a reality by donating today.

Sponsorship Levels:

  • $500 – Underwrite activities such as horse therapy, swimming, & entertainment
  • $150 – Send a resident to camp for 1 day/1 night
  • $50 – send a resident to day camp for 1-day.

In- Kind Donations:

In-kind donations of assorted soda, snacks, t-shirts, condiments, craft supplies, etc. are needed. Please call (216) 939.7602 for a list of details.

Join Us for Friends & Family Night 

The grand finale of the week is our Friends & Family Night, which will take place on Thursday August 17. The evening includes a 4 p.m. outdoor Mass celebrated by Bishop Gries, family cookout with ribs and chicken, campfire and marshmallow roast. Everyone is welcome to attend!

Reservations are needed and can be made by calling (216) 939.7711 or submitting payment through our online form. The suggested donation for our Friends & Family Night is $10 per person.

Purchase Tickets or Sponsor a Resident Today!

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