The camp is nestled on 232 acres of beautiful wooded land in the Seminole State Forest. It was built in a Florida Cracker-style, using the early settler’s style of wood framed houses, metal roofs, and large wrap around porches to create a historic feel. Special camper moments include trail rides on horseback, receiving handmade bears and trying to catch and kiss the lake’s largest fish.
Camp Bogey Creek is one of 14 member camps of SeriousFun Children’s Network. Founded by Paul Newman, SeriousFun Children’s Network is a growing global community of independently managed and financed camps and programs creating opportunities for children with serious illnesses and their families to reach beyond illness and discover joy, confidence and a new world of possibilities, always free of charge.
At the moment a child steps onto the camp,
they realize they are not alone in this world
and are not different from all the other children,
but instead, just like them.
Most importantly, rather than feeling excluded,
they are immediately accepted.
They take home an invaluable gift,
they are loved.
– Danny, Camper Dad
Welcome to Camp Boggy Creek. A place of dreams, of joy, of possibilities. A camp where children with serious illnesses and their families can forget the word “no” for a little while and embrace the promise of “yes”.
During each of our summer sessions, up to 150 children with like illnesses arrive for a week of fun, adventure and independence. The prescription for the day is fun, fun, fun! Laughter, giggles, friendships and excitement abound on the 232 acres of tall pines, majestic oaks and nature trails.
Campers are empowered to do things they never dreamed they could do. They are infused with a spirit of accomplishment at every turn and allowed to forget that “they have what they have.” For many of them it is the first time they’ve felt “normal” since their diagnosis
Multiple sessions of overnight camp offer our campers the chance to come to camp and catch a fish, make a woodshop project, or climb our high tower while making some wonderful new friends. Each session of camp we host a different illness group.
Camp Boggy Creek was founded in 1996 by Paul Newman and General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, with one simple premise in mind, that every child, no matter the illness, could experience the transformational spirit and friendships that go hand in hand with camp. Enriching the lives of children who have chronic or life-threatening illnesses by creating camping experiences that are memorable, exciting and fun.
I really think that week of camp was really the first normal week
I have had since being diagnosed.
The camp medical staff and facility accommodates children with many kinds of special needs, from bandaging a minor cut to administering chemotherapy. The medical presence is purposely kept in the background so the children can concentrate on filling their days with all the fun of a good old-fashioned camp experience.
Siblings attend with a brother or sister who has/ had cancer for either 1+ week of camp or a weekend retreat.
Since 1996, Camp Boggy Creek has made it possible for children with serious illnesses to enjoy a camp experience in a safe, medically-sound environment. Located just a short drive from Orlando, Florida, the 232-acre camp serves children ages 7-16 who’ve been diagnosed with chronic or life-threatening conditions.Camp Boggy Creek never charges campers to attend and never asks them to contribute anything other than a positive, playful attitude.
As a year-round retreat, Camp Boggy Creek is able to serve thousands for campers and their families through activity-packed weekly and weekend camp programs. The camp offers children the chance to catch their first fish, go horseback riding or climb our ropes tower, all while making new friends.
Beyond boundless fun, Camp Boggy Creek provides fellowship. Children can spend time with others who are just like them and share their life-experiences, which serves as a reminder that they are not alone.