As many as one in five New Brunswick children could have asthma. Asthma flare-ups are the number one reason that children visit the emergency room or miss school. The majority of children with asthma have allergies, and some have severe allergies to certain foods, medications, or other environmental triggers.
In 1980, the New Brunswick Lung Association piloted a summer camp experience for children with asthma with great success, and the program continues to date. “ Camp AsthmaTOPIA ” is a 3 day integrated residential camp where children with asthma aged 7 to10 can have a safe summer camp experience while learning skills that help them to better control their asthma symptoms. The camp provides a fun and interactive asthma education session along with the opportunity to participate in the usual fun and games of a summer camp. The children gain independence, improve their self-confidence, and learn that they can do all the same activities that their friends without asthma can do while in a safe environment. The Lung Association’s registered nurse provides asthma education, assists the children with their medications, and is available to deal with any asthma episodes. The camp nurse is available also about medical issues that may arise during camp.
For more information contact us at the New Brunswick Lung Association at 1-800-565-5864 or 455-8961.