what our brainy friends at Yale say
Since 2010, the Yale School of Medicine has surveyed and interviewed hundreds of SeriousFun campers and their parents. Results of the surveys show that children have increased confidence, self-esteem, maturity, independence and interest in social activities. In addition, nearly all campers reported making friends, many of which lasted beyond the camp experience. The data also suggests that resilience indicators, such as possessing positive coping strategies, illness-related stress and happiness, showed significant improvement following camp.
These results provide scientific support to what our staff around the world have seen, heard and known for years. Our camps do more than just give kids a fun-filled, memorable week. They have a profound and long-lasting impact.
By creating a place where children with serious illnesses can connect with others like themselves, along with carefully trained and caring adults, SeriousFun camps and programs enable kids to reach beyond the barriers of their conditions. This unique experience helps build important connections that foster resilience and support their growth in the face of challenge, restore their hope for the future, renew their spirit of childhood, and regain their sense of possibility. It’s not just fun. It’s SeriousFun.