CAMP HIGH FIVE HISTORY
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 is 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 a sleepover camp for one week during the summer. A typical camp day begins at 7 AM with the opportunity to participate in many fun activities. 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.
ABOUT OUR CAMPERS & THE SOCIAL BENEFITS OF CAMP HIGH FIVE
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.
Camp High Five has partnered with Camp Twin Lakes for the past 10 years. They offer a wonderful facility in which to host our camp as well as experienced support staff to enhance and sometimes develop our programming.
2021 Camp Dates: TBD (Volunteers will be required to report to the campsite on the day before)