Children’s Harbor at Lake Martin is happy to be a partner and sponsor for more than 30 illness-related camps each year. If you would like more information or if you know of an organization or illness population that would benefit from our donated facilities please feel free to contact Myrle Grate at (205) 218-5347. If our campus is not being used by an illness group it may be available to rent for retreats, youth camps, special events and weddings.
For our illness camps, the Children’s Harbor campus on Lake Martin in Alexander City offers many ways for patients and their families to come together and reconnect, often outdoors, in a safe environment for children with health challenges.
It's an honor to work with so many great people and organizations that organize camps for children and their families. Below is an overview of the current camps Children's Harbor partners with.
Camps for visually impaired children; camps with families. AAPVI (Alabama Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments) is a support group for parents of children with visual impairments.
Camps for intellectually challenged adults. The ARC of Alabama is a volunteer-based membership organization made up of individuals with intellectual, developmental and other disabilities, their families, friends, interested citizens, and professionals in the disability field.
Camps for children with autism; camps with families. Camp Autism Smiles goal is to provide outdoor recreation in a camp setting for children diagnosed with autism and their families.
Camps for children with organ transplants; camps with and without families. Camp BRIDGES mission is to provide camps and programs at no cost to pre and post transplant children, teens, young adults and their families from Alabama and neighboring states.
Lee County Autism Resource and Advocacy. A non-profit organization for autism "bridging the gap" with resources, workshops and support for families affected by autism spectrum disorders in Lee County, Alabama.
Deaf Camp at Children's Harbor's mission is to nurture and empower spiritual, social, mental, emotional, and physical growth through a variety of programs in a natural environment; all designed for Deaf/HH, CODA, and Siblings of Deaf/HH campers.
Camp Conquest is a summer camp program designed to respond to the needs of pediatric burn survivors.
Camp Cortisol provides support for families of patients with a rare form of adrenal insufficiency.
CPODD camps provide an extended weekend retreat for children with multiple sclerosis and neuromyelitis optica filled with parent, sibling and patient education, indoor and outdoor events, crafts, games, family interaction and an opportunity for families to make friends with others who are dealing with similar issues.
Camps for people with multiple disAbilities; camps with families. Full Life Ahead helps people with disAbilities live the most independent and productive lives possible by connecting their dream to the resources required to make their dream a reality.
Camp for children with hemophilia; camps with and without families. Hemophilia and Bleeding Disorders of Alabama strives to strengthen families and individuals with bleeding disorders through advocacy and educational outreach, while facilitating programs that foster peer support and independence.
Cobb County PARKS Therapeutic Recreation. Children with developmental issues.
Camps for children who have lost a parent or friend. Run by clinical experts who understand the healing process, Camp I Believe is a place for children ages 7-14 who have experienced the loss of a family member to come to heal, play and grow.
A residential camp for children with a physical disability including a visual impairment.
Camps for children with life threatening illnesses who have received a magic moment.
Support group for children with MS. The Alabama-Mississippi Chapter works to improve the quality of life for approximately 6,300 people affected by MS in Alabama and Mississippi and to raise funds for critical MS research.
RhizoKids advocates and support research for a cure for Rhizomelic Chondrodysplasia Punctata (RCDP). RCDP is a very rare, terminal form of dwarfism that is believed to affect (currently) fewer than 100 people worldwide. This annual camp provides families information and access to the world’s most knowledgeable RCDP doctors.
Camps for children battling cancer; camps with and without families. Alabama's Program for Children with Cancer, serves pediatric oncology patients, survivors and their families by providing avenues for fellowship, support that helps them cope with their disease and tools to help prepare them for life after cancer.
Vent Kids is a support group for families that have children living at home on ventilators. We coordinate an annual camp for children on ventilators, two caregivers and siblings. ALL activities are optional but offered are: swimming (pool), lake swimming, canoeing, miniature golf, playing on an accessible playground, karaoke, arts and crafts, boat rides and games.
Camps for children with heart disease; camps with families.
Camp V.I.P. (Victory, Independence, Possibilities) is a weekend family camp coordinated by the Spina Bifida Association of Alabama. It is a fun-filled weekend packed with activities such as adaptive water skiing (Adaptive Aquatics instructors), tubing, fishing, swimming, canoeing, and many other incredible opportunities. There is an educational aspect to each camp.
Xtreme Outdoors Ministry provides outdoor and hunting experiences for children with multiple disabilities.
If you’re a group focused on hosting an illness camp at Children’s Harbor on Lake Martin, contact us to discuss receiving a facility grant to cover the costs of renting the campsite and facility amenities.
When the campus is not being used by illness camps, other groups are welcome. Fees collected from these groups are used to defray the costs of Children’s Harbor at Lake Martin and Children’s Harbor Family Center in Birmingham.
Planning a group event takes a lot of coordination and access to information and details. We’ve included answers to many of the questions we anticipate you’ll have when it comes to renting and planning a group event at Children’s Harbor at Lake Martin, but also feel free to email us or call (334) 857-2133 for additional information. You can also visit the events calendar to see the existing upcoming schedule for various campsites.