Camp Independence is a 5 day resident camping experience for the children and teens of the bleeding disorders community in the State of Oklahoma.
Campers get to experience a wide range of traditional camp activities and are presented with the opportunity to try new things and develop new interests and skills. In keeping with the name, one of the primary goals of camp is to foster self-reliance and the skills that allow the campers to become more independent.
Personnel from the Oklahoma Hemophilia Treatment Center and other medical personnel who are experienced in the treatment of bleeding disorders are available throughout the entire camp.
The medical staff engages campers in a variety of activities and discussion that focus on learning about their bleeding disorders and management of their condition. Campers are taught age appropriate skills that help them to understand that they have an important role in dealing with their bleeding disorder in a responsible manner. Many of the people in our community first learned how to self-infuse at Camp Independence.
Camp Independence is divided into 3 separate camp components that function together:
Junior Camp: This is for campers who have completed second grade, or, are at least 8 years of age before camp begins, up to those campers going into the 8th grade.
Teen Camp: This is for campers who will be going into the 9th grade, up to those campers who have just finished with high school before camp begins.
Leadership in Action: This is our leadership development component of camp which is designed to help prepare the future leaders of our community. Campers entering their junior or senior year in high school, and Counselor/Staff between 18-20 years of age are encouraged to apply for acceptance into either the Junior Counselor or Assistant Counselor programs. Those selected are given specific leadership roles and responsibilities while at camp. More detailed information about these programs can be found by clicking on the "Leadership In Action" button below.