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Shared experiences, restoration, and relaxation.

Children’s Harbor at Lake Martin is thrilled to be a partner and sponsor to so many amazing organizations. For our partner organizations, the Children’s Harbor campus on Lake Martin in Alexander City offers a setting for patients and their families to share their experiences and reconnect, often outdoors, in a safe environment for children with health challenges.

Do you know of an organization or illness population that would benefit from our donated facilities? Email us or call 334.857.2030

Partner Organizations

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 organizations Children's Harbor provides facilities grants to.

View upcoming camps on the calendar.

Songs for Sight

AAPVI - Songs for Sight

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.

ARC of South Talladega County

ARC of South Talladega County

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.

Camp Autism Smiles

Camp Autism Smiles

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.

Camp Blue Bird

Camps for adult cancer survivors.



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.

Camp Conquest

Camp Conquest

Camp Conquest is a summer camp program designed to respond to the needs of pediatric burn survivors.

Camp Cortisol

Camp Cortisol

Camp Cortisol provides support for families of patients with a rare form of adrenal insufficiency.

Ashtma Camp Eagle

Camp Eagle

Camp for children with asthma.

Full Life Ahead

Full Life Ahead

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 Horizon

Cobb County PARKS Therapeutic Recreation. Children with developmental issues.

Camp Life - Children's Aid Society

Camp Life - Children’s Aid Society

Children’s Aid Society helps strengthen families by helping parents gain the skills and resources they need to keep families together, recruiting and preparing adoptive homes, housing and training young mothers and preparing youth in foster care to age out with the skills to live independently.

Camp Magic Moments

Camp Magic Moments

Camps for children with life threatening illnesses who have received a magic moment.

Camp V.I.P.

Camp V.I.P.

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.

Camp Wired Together

Camps for children with heart disease; camps with families.

Christian Deaf Camp


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.



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.

HBDA Camp Clot Not

HBDA - Camp Clot Not

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.

Camp Strive

Lakeshore Foundation - Camp Strive

A residential camp for children with a physical disability including a visual impairment.

PKU Camp

To connect PKU families and aid in building lasting relationships that will give families confidence in knowing that they are not alone in their journey. The PKU community is made up of some of the most amazing, kind hearted people. It is our goal to bring those families together to create empowering relationships. Contact Nicole at PKU.



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.

Transition Camp

Transition Camp

Camps for youth with chronic illness.

Vent Kids of Alabama

Vent Kids of Alabama

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.

Xtreme Outdoors Ministry

Xtreme Outdoors Ministry

Xtreme Outdoors Ministry provides outdoor and hunting experiences for children with multiple disabilities.

SAIL - State of AL Independant Living

The State of Alabama Independent Living/Homebound Service (SAIL) provides specialized in-home education and counseling, attendant care, training, and medical services to Alabamians with the most-significant disabilities. The SAIL program has seven community-based offices located throughout the state to serve residents in all 67 counties.

Ryan Shines Foundation

Catching Courage Family Camp (Ryan Shines Burn Foundation)

Ryan Shines Burn Foundation is committed to the healing of pediatric burn survivors and firefighters. They do this by recognizing and promoting the profound connection between them. Much of their year is spent organizing events for the survivors, firefighters, and their families.

Camp Kesem

Camp Kesem

Kesem is a nationwide community, driven by passionate college student leaders, that supports children through and beyond their parent's cancer. Kesem's flagship program, Camp Kesem, operates free summer camps for children who have been impacted by a parent's cancer. Founded at Stanford University in 2000, Camp Kesem has since expanded to 116 chapters in 42 states across the country.

Illness-Related Camps for Children and Families

Children’s Harbor at Lake Martin offers a unique and peaceful environment to get away. It encourages relaxation and relationships with others that understand daily needs and long-term challenges. It offers campers an opportunity to explore and do activities in a safe environment.

There are camps each year for many different illnesses and diagnoses — such as cancer, hemophilia, spinal injury, autism as well as heart and lung disease. Learn more about the facility and things to do on the ways to play, ways to unwind and ways to learn pages.

How to Get Here

Traveling to Children’s Harbor at Lake Martin:

  • From Montgomery, Alabama, it will take about 1 hour.
  • From Birmingham, Alabama, it will take about 1.5 hours.
  • From Columbus, Georgia, it will take about 1.5 hours.
  • From Dothan, Alabama, it will take about 2.5 hours.
  • From Atlanta, Georgia, it will take about 2.5 hours.
  • From Mobile, Alabama, it will take about 3 hours.
  • From Meridian, Mississippi, it will take about 3.5 hours.

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Receive a facility grant.

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.

Learn more about each campsite. For more information, Email Vicki Tuggle or call (334) 857-2014.

Rent a facility for your group.

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.

Learn more about our venues and rental opportunities for groups. For more information, email Wanda Coker or call (334) 857-2040.

Common questions.

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.

How Can You Help?

The assistance Children’s Harbor receives from generous donors and active volunteers is central to carrying out our mission. Learn more about getting involved.