Each year, St. Augustine staff take approximately 30+ nursing home and assisted living residents on vacation – camping – for a week, in handicapped accessible cabins. An additional 30+ will join them each day for day camp. While at camp, they are able to fish, swim, interact with horses, and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of nature! There is no charge to residents or their families. This trip is funded 100% by donations.
Campers enjoy a variety of activities and can live life to the fullest, regardless of age, illness or disability. 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’t ask for pain or anxiety medication throughout the week! St. Augustine has been recognized as the only facility in the state to provide a camping experience like this for nursing home residents.
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 around the campgrounds, serve meals in the dining hall, play cards and games, help with crafts, fishing, or simply sit and visit. Volunteer individually or as a group! For more information about volunteering, please contact (216) 939.7601.
Sponsorships & Donations
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. This camping experience is funded 100% through donations. Donations cover the cost to rent the camping facility, to provide extra staffing, and to purchase supplies. You can help make this “vacation” a reality by donating today.
- $750 – covers the cost of 1 cabin
- $500 – Underwrite activities such as horse therapy, swimming, & entertainment
- $250 – Sends 3 residents camp for the week
- $50 – Sends 1 resident to day camp for a day
In-Kind Donations: Help reduce the cost of Happy Campers Week by providing any of the following (in part or whole). Please let us know as soon as possible if you will provide any of the following:
- Soda (diet, regular, Sprite/7UP, root beer) – 5 cases/cubes of each
- Chips (individual bags of potato chips, BBQ potato chips, corn chips [Frito’s], cheese puffs) – 200 of each
- Condiments: ketchup, mayo, mustard, relish 3 – squeeze bottles each
- Bread, English muffins, assorted breakfast muffins
- Peanut butter & jelly (2 each)
- Supplies for s’mores – graham crackers, marshmallows, Hershey’s chocolate bars
- Eggs (20 dozen)
- Cheese (shredded and sliced), cream cheese (assorted flavors)
- Fruits & vegetables (onions, tomatoes, potatoes, mushrooms, green peppers, corn-on-the-cob)
- Craft supplies, fishing rods, fishing worms etc
Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (216) 939.7602 for more details.
Join Us for Friends & Family Night
Family and friends are invited to join the residents on Wednesday, August 21. The evening includes a 4pm outdoor Mass, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of St. Augustine Health Ministries, celebrated by Bishop Nelson Perez! Following, enjoy a cookout with ribs and chicken, singing around the campfire and of course, a marshmallow roast. Arrive a little early (about 1:30) and experience camp with the residents as they swim, interact with the horses, fish and play games. Everyone is welcome to attend!
Reservations are needed and can be made by calling (216) 939.7711 or emailing email@example.com. The suggested donation for our Friends & Family Night is $10 per person.