Camp Oasis, a program of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, is a co-ed residential camp program that’s mission is to enrich the lives of children of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis by providing a safe an supportive camp community. Camp is a weeklong event that happens every July that brings together over 160 campers and counselors with Inflamitory Bowl Disease (IBD). I have attended Camp Oasis since it started in 2001, the same year I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease.
Camp Oasis allows campers and counselors to meet others with Crohn’s and/or Colitis. This allows those like me to create friendships with people who truly understand them and who they can share their IBD stories with. Every year I leave Camp Oasis with more confidence in myself and in my Crohn’s Disease
This year I had a blast at camp and it gave me the strength and confidence I needed to overcome the challenges I face with Crohn’s Disease. This year was my 4th year as a camp counselor, and every year I realize that I want to work with kids. I love the impact you can have on a child and the impression you can leave. I am going to take this knowledge to better my skills in the clinical setting I will be placed in next semester in nursing school.