Active With Asthma Day Camps

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Camp Update:  We would like to inform you of a shift in plans from our initial Camp initiatives. As you know, after thirty years of working on residential camps, we decided to move to day camps to address the communities with the highest incidents of asthma.

We are now sponsoring several day-long events for the family, adding a new component by having our Lung HelpLine staff follow up with the participants of the program to monitor improvements in asthma management. Current plans are to have Saturday events in these communities across the state: Carbondale, Manteno, and Edwardsville.

Saturday, June 1 – Carbondale (Touch of Nature)
Hosted by SIU Carbondale
For more information or to register, please email Kristen Preihs (

Saturday, July 20 – Edwardsville (SIU Edwardsville Campus)
Hosted by SIU Edwardsville
For more information or to register, please email Amanda Payne (

Friday, July 26 – Saturday, July 27 – Manteno (Camp Shaw-Waw-Nas-See)
Hosted by Presence St. Mary’s Hospital
For more information or to register, please call (815) 937-2401 or email 

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us. We are very appreciative of your continued efforts to support our program.

Camp Education
  • At educational sessions, campers learn what asthma is, how asthma episodes start, how they can be avoided, and how asthma can be better managed.
  • They learn the difference between medications they take to prevent episodes and the medications they take to help stop an episode.
  • Providing support for the families of children with asthma can be just as important as educating the child themselves.  Our Lung HelpLine provides year-round support to answer any questions campers and their families may have - free of charge.

Camp Staff

  •  Highly skilled doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists and pharmacists provide medical supervision and instructions.
  •  In addition, students representing these medical specialities also assist in the planning and implementation of camp activities.

Camp Objectives

  • The objective of asthma day camp is to improve the physical condition and psychological outlook of children with asthma as well as to educate campers and their families about how to best manage their care.
  • As mentioned before, we work with our Lung HelpLine to provide support for the families of children with Asthma - free of charge.
  • Above all, children learn that they're not alone with their asthma and that there are kids out there just like them.  Campers learn about their asthma in a friendly and welcoming environment without fear of being teased or feeling different.

Recreational Activities

  • Campers enjoy many outdoor sports activities along with arts & crafts, games and songs depending on the location.