Summer camp activities, concerts in the park and family nights at the ball park — that’s the type of magical summer fun you provide to seriously ill children and teens staying at The Children’s Inn this summer.
“When children have to spend their summer participating in clinical trials at the NIH, you make that experience the best it can be,” says Aisha Campbell, Associate Director of Programs and Services. “For many seriously ill children, this is their only summer camp experience, filled with loads of fun and unique activities they couldn’t enjoy if it weren’t for you.”
Thais enjoys a summer evening
Your support makes Camp INNcredible possible, giving children of all abilities the chance to participate in a wide variety of afternoon camp activities – a special time just for kids while parents get a couple of hours to themselves to relax and recharge. For many children with rare or serious diseases, Camp INNcredible is their only summer camp experience.
“Camp INNcredible gives all children — whether they’re in a wheelchair or on crutches, are getting cancer treatments or a bone marrow transplants — the chance to participate in this all-American summer activity,” Campbell says. “It’s magic.”
As part of Camp INNcredible, children get the chance to dance, take a zumba class, cook meals, bake, do arts and crafts, participate in improv theatre, go sailing on the Chesapeake Bay with local sailing clubs, participate in therapeutic horseback riding, make soap and other beauty products and engage in other activities that are fun and educational.
Farrah enjoying horseback riding
“Camp was the highlight of our trip,” says Dean, age six, from Connecticut. “I liked making the gingerbread house and the marshmallow snowmen,” he says, during our Christmas in July celebrations. His mom Karen added, “It was so fun that we are going to make the gingerbread houses when we get home. We always have fun when we come to The Inn”.
Since 2018, teens and young adults have the chance to participate in summer camp activities geared toward their age group through INN Squad. Activities include outings to local attractions, such as The Escape Room, restaurants, and the zoo.
Young adults at an escape room
Your support also brings several evening concerts by award-winning musicians to The Inn, giving children of all ages and physical abilities the chance to dance and participate in singing and music-making.
Inn residents Paige and her mom Shelley enjoy music at our summer concert series
Outings to Nationals baseball games are among Inn residents’ favorite summertime events. Among them is a Washington-area Toyota Dealers-sponsored trip to the Nats ball park during which one child gets the chance to throw the first pitch.
“It was the best day of my life,” 8-year-old Abram of Missouri said after throwing the first pitch at a Nats game last year.
Abram throwing the first pitch at Nats park. Photo by Paul Kim of the Nationals.
Thank you for giving children and families unforgettable summer experiences – experiences they wouldn’t be able to have without you.