About Camp Mend-a-Heart
Camp Mend-a-Heart is a cost-free, medically supervised camp for children ages 7-17 receiving medical treatment in Nevada who are born with or develop a heart condition. Camp Mend-a-Heart is the only medically supervised camp of its kind in Nevada.
Camp Mend-a-Heart offers a camping experience with sports, arts & crafts, water games and many other recreational activities and programs associated with a traditional summer camp. Camp Mend-a-Heart is staffed by volunteer counselors, nurses and physicians who give from their hearts to help these special kids.
Registration will open in February 2024 for the 2024 Camp Season
Camp Mend-a-Heart is hitting the road this summer! We found a wonderful camp facility in Mountain Center, California, called Pathfinder Ranch. Registration is now open, and our deadline is April 15, 2024. We are looking forward to our 2024 Camp Program.
About Pathfinder Ranch:
Nestled against the San Jacinto Mountains in Garner Valley, Pathfinder Ranch provides visitors of all ages and backgrounds opportunities to relax, reflect, and reconnect.
Pathfinder Ranch was founded in 1964 to provide an escape from the desert summer heat for the Palm Springs Boy’s Club (now the Palm Springs Boy’s and Girl’s Club). We have since grown to provide Camps, Outdoor Education, and Retreat Rental programs – all while staying true to our mission to connect people to nature and each other. Pathfinder Ranch is easily accessible from surrounding cities such as Palm Springs, Temecula, and Hemet. However, our location next to the San Bernardino National Forest also provides stunning vistas, incredible views of the night sky, and access to open, natural spaces.
Pathfinder Ranch is a 501(c)(3) corporation and is accredited by the American Camping Association (ACA).
Thank You to our Sponsors
History of Camp Mend-a-Heart:
Something magical happens when these heart kids connect at camp, their self-esteem and confidence flourish and their hearts lighten with fun! These kids are able to shift their focus from their heart condition to the richness of life that can be experienced even by those with a cardiac diagnosis. They spend time with others, just like them, who understand what it’s like to have a heart condition. One child commented, “It’s cool that everyone else has to take meds, too.” Many of the boys at camp take off their shirts to participate in water-play, for once unconcerned about any visible scars or medical devices. One group even dubbed themselves the “D-team” because they each had a defibrillator under their skin. Smiles are seen all around Camp Mend-a-Heart. In the words of one of our camp cheers, “From East to West, Camp Mend-a-Heart is Best!”
Camp Mend-a-Heart was the first medically supervised camp meant for children with heart conditions in Nevada. Camp Mend-a-Heart allows these kids to be free from worry of their heart condition, to be a kid and to forge friendships that will last a lifetime. Since the first year, Camp Mend-a-Heart has grown from an overnight stay to four days and three nights of camp fun. The cost to send a single camper to Camp Mend-a-Heart is approximately $1,000.00. We have never charged a single camper to attend.