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Contact the Columbia, NY HDSA Support Group if you would like more information about setting up a camp in your area.  Email  info@hdsauny.org
 
 
"Model Summer Camp"
Information From HDSA Center of Excellence
Columbia, New York

The Huntington's Disease
Summer Camp Program
 

The Huntington's Disease Summer Camp Program in NY was founded in 1993. 

Staff are professionals who volunteer their services, most of whom are university faculty who work at or are affiliated with Columbia University's HD Center of Excellence.

Campers are in the early and middle stages of Huntington's disease.

Camp is held for one week each year at the foot of Storm King Mountain on the west bank of the Hudson River in Cornwall-on-Hudson NY.

The Camp's Purpose is to create a warm, friendly, and safe vacation for 14-18 people who are regularly followed patients well known to our staff. 
 
Our objectives are to:

  • offer social and recreational opportunities for people who may be increasingly isolated and lonely; 

  • eat delicious food 5 times a day; gain a pound a day 

  • provide family members and friends with much needed rest/respite 

  • give professionals-in-training an intensive clinical experience, so they may provide better care to those with HD 

  • have fun, hike, swim, paint, dance, play pool volleyball, Quinnball [modified baseball], Olympics, charades, campfires, ride horseback, picnic and be with other people who know what it is like to have HD