H.E.R.O. for Children remains the only organization in Georgia solely focused on Quality of Life care for children with HIV/AIDS

 We are excited to announce Camp High Five is back, and will be hosted at a new location this year!

Camp High Five was founded in March of 2000 by Ms. Bonnie Minter (who then worked as a Nurse Practitioner at Grady Hospital's Infectious Disease Program Clinic) to provide camping and other group recreational activities for children who are HIV infected and affected. The first summer camp was held in August 2001. Central to Camp High Five's program was its week-long residential, summer camping adventure at Camp Twin Lakes near Rutledge, Georgia. Camp Twin Lakes is a rustic setting approximately one hour from Atlanta that was established specifically for the purpose of providing opportunities for camping for medically fragile children. Camp High Five was acquired by H.E.R.O. for Children, Inc. in January of 2010, as the camp's purpose fits well within the organization's mission.

Camp High Five is blessed with a solid core of volunteer counselors, including a team of volunteer physicians and nurses who provide the around-the-clock, specialized care required. The ratio of campers to counselors is approximately two to one. All children living with HIV or who are affected by HIV are eligible to apply to attend Camp High Five. Since space is limited, applications are considered on a first-come, first-serve basis. No fee is required to attend Camp High Five. We understand that virtually all of the parents, guardians or foster care providers of children with HIV are already under considerable financial stress.



A typical camp day begins at 7 AM with the opportunity to participate in many fun activities. Historically, camp activities include archery, horseback riding, boating, canoeing, swimming, fishing, arts and crafts, gold panning, music, dancing, sports and games, pottery, biking plus many other fun activities. Camp High Five offers campers the opportunity to learn important recreational life skills.

Each year, a Child Psychologist from Grady Hospital's Infectious Disease Program and her team facilitate an informative session on HIV/AIDS for our adolescents. These forums continue to be extremely successful, as the facilitators present workshops that are both educational and fun, and give the children permission to ask questions and discuss personal experiences. Children also participate in an HIV ceremony which gives them a forum in which to acknowledge loved ones lost to HIV/AIDS.



A typical camper for Camp High Five is HIV infected or affected (has an infected parent, sibling, residential relative or has lost a family member due to HIV/AIDS-related complications). The staff and volunteers strive to provide an atmosphere that is free from the worries, fear, stigma, and hassles of living with HIV. Youth attending Camp High Five have the opportunity to be around other children with the same life experiences and will not have to feel different or strange. Sometimes, the camp may be the first time that these children have been around other children living with HIV. By alleviating the hassles of a chronic illness and removing the stigma, Camp High Five seeks to provide emotional support and recreational fun for HIV affected children living with HIV.

Eligible campers are age 6-16, but the average age is 13-14 years old. Most campers come from an impoverished home, without the resources to spend on a summer camp experience. Many of these children are growing up in an atmosphere of fear and shame without ever experiencing the real joys of childhood.



DATE: Monday, July 18th - Saturday, July 23rd, 2022
NEW LOCATION: Georgia 4-H at Camp Jekyll, 550 South Beachview Drive, Jekyll Island, GA 31527
AVAILABILITY: Space is limited, and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis

Parents/Campers/Program Partners:  Michelle Strauss, Camp High Director, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (470) 321-3102 EXT 249

Volunteers: Tylah Hankerson, Assistant Camp Director, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (470) 321-3102 EXT 249

.If you would like to complete our Camp High Five 2022 application using Active Works, you may do so by clicking the appropriate button below:


Camp High Five 2022 Camper Application
Camp High Five 2022 Volunteer Application