Hospital Outreach® brings the hopeful, playful spirit of The Hole In The Wall Gang Camp to children and families in the hospital setting. By offering unique, creative and developmentally appropriate activities and interactions, we help to restore joy and laughter in a time often laden with fear, stress and uncertainty. We work collaboratively with hospital staff to enhance, augment or support existing programs focused on improving the quality of life during treatment. The Hospital Outreach Program continues to bring the joy and fun of Camp’s summer programming to seriously ill children year-round. Consistent with other Camp programs, it is available to hospitals and families at no cost.
What We Do
Our interactions and activities with children and families include arts, crafts and interactive games, all specially adapted to the unique hospital setting. Camp’s summer program serves as the inspiration for many of these activities. Just like at Camp, all interactions are guided by the child’s choice and are child-driven. Outreach specialists also take into account the specific needs of our clinic and hospital partners, and make any necessary adaptations. Flexibility and teamwork are key values in our program.
To help make the hospital experience more pleasant and less frightening for children and families;
To complement and contribute to existing hospital Child Life and volunteer programs, and lessen the load for busy hospital staff;
To maintain relationships with our campers that began during our summer program;
To bring a variety of innovative, creative, fun and highly appealing activities to children in the hospital on a regular basis;
To augment special programming for specific populations served by the hospital including teens, survivors, siblings, families, and illness groups - particularly cancer and blood and immune disorders;
To increase awareness of other Camp resources, including the summer program, to staff and eligible families.