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

Due to COVID-19, H.E.R.O. decided to postpone Camp High Five’s summer 2020 session earlier this year. However, we are very concerned about the recent spike in both adult and pediatric cases of COVID-19. As our camper population is already extremely immunocompromised, we’ve made the difficult decision to cancel Camp High Five altogether this year. We believe this is best course of action to help ensure the collective health and safety of our children, their families and our staff/volunteers. Please feel free to reach out to our Camp Director, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., with any questions or concerns. As always, thank you for your continued support of this program, and we look forward to working with you to facilitate an amazing Camp High Five session in 2021!

 

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.

 

RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES

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)

 

 Applications:
Camp High Five Camper Application
Camp High Five Volunteer Application