Pediatric Heart Center
Follow Your Heart Camp
Hasbro Children’s Hospital’s Follow Your Heart Camp is a free sleepaway camp for children ages 8 to 15 with congenital heart disease, including those who have had cardiac surgery.
The annual program provides kids a fun and exciting camp experience while considering their unique health care needs.
Campers can enjoy traditional summer camp activities such as swimming, archery, canoeing and campfires, while also learning skills to help them navigate the challenges of living with a cardiac condition.
Approximately one percent of children born in the United States are affected by heart disease. These conditions can cause children to feel isolated and different from their peers. Follow Your Heart Camp aims to provide a safe environment where children and teens can meet others with cardiac disease who are facing similar issues.
Together, campers will gain the skills and confidence to manage their cardiac conditions and live life to the fullest.
Follow Your Heart Camp is run by volunteer staff from the Pediatric Heart Center and Hasbro Children’s Hospital with supervision by medical staff.
Additional information will be available during an information session held in the spring, when you and your child can meet the campers, counselors and staff.
Follow Your Heart Camp Mission
The mission of Follow Your Heart Camp is to provide a safe environment where children and young adults with heart disease can have fun while learning life skills and developing self-confidence to help them navigate the challenges of living with a cardiac condition.
Through participation in programs with other young people with cardiac disease, campers will learn they are not alone in facing these issues. Our goal is to have campers become informed and active participants in managing their condition throughout their lifetime, and affirm that their cardiac condition does not define them, but is only one aspect of who they are.
In short, we hope that camp will help prepare kids to “follow their heart” as they each follow a unique path to realize their individual potential.