Campers

Each year, campers and volunteers from all over the country join us at our many locations. Will you be the next member of the Camp Promise family?

Who We Serve

Camp Promise accepts campers of all genders, ages 6 years or older, who have muscular dystrophy or a similar neuromuscular disorder.

This includes, but is not limited to:
  • Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD)
  • Becker muscular dystrophy (BMD)
  • Myotonic muscular dystrophy
  • Charcot-Marie Tooth disease (CMT)
  • Friedreich’s Ataxia (FA)
  • Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA)
  • Ataxia Telangiectasia (AT)
  • Pompe disease (acid maltase deficiency)

Don’t see your diagnosis listed above? Please contact us!

We would love to accept every single applicant who applies, but due to high interest, space is limited. Applicants must submit an online application and complete an interview with our leadership team in order to be considered for a spot in a cabin. We expect camp sessions to fill up quickly, so please submit your online application and complete your interview as soon as possible.

Camp is provided FREE of charge to all campers, thanks to the generosity of our wonderful donors, volunteers, and fundraising team. We encourage everyone attending camp to make a donation so that our program may continue to grow and thrive with new and exciting programs each year.

Recording: Packing and Preparing for Camp

View a recording of Jett Foundation’s virtual camp packing event featuring a conversation with a family from the Duchenne community. This family has attended Camp Promise for many years and shared tips, tricks, and best practices for preparing for a summer camp experience.

A Day In The Life Of Our Campers

Get a feel for camp by spending a day in the life of some of our campers. No two days at camp are ever the same, but catch a glimpse of our staple camp traditions as well as the ever-improving programs and activities we bring to our campers each summer. Our Camper Handbook is also a good resource, we hope you’ll read it and want to come to camp!

Stephanie

A Day In The Life Of Stephanie: Meet Stephanie! 2016 was her first year in the Purple Cabin at Camp Promise – East, and she

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Yomara

A Day In The Life Of Yomara: Spend a virtual day with Yomara, a camper in our Purple Cabin at Camp Promise-West. Yomara was a

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Anthony

A Day In The Life Of Anthony: Spend a virtual day with Anthony, a veteran of the Black Cabin at Camp Promise – East. Anthony

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Molly

A Day In The Life Of Molly: Spend a virtual day with Molly, one of our Purple Cabin gals. Her first year at camp was

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Frequently Asked Questions

Jett Foundation empowers people and families impacted by Duchenne muscular dystrophy through the development of transformative programming, educational opportunities, and ongoing support for every stage of a Duchenne journey.

As a program of Jett Foundation, Camp Promise helps Jett Foundation meet its mission by providing a barrier-free, overnight camp for kids, teens, and adults with muscular dystrophy or select neuromuscular diseases —regardless of age, capability, or ability to pay. Our camper-focused programming builds independence, confidence, and life skills through traditional camp activities and by bringing campers new experiences through adaptation, technology, creativity, and special guests.

This year, we will have three camp retreat sessions:

  • Camp Promise Retreat – SoCal (18+): Dates TBD at Camp Paivika in Crestline, CA
  • Camp Promise Retreat – Ohio (18+): June 29-July 2, 2024 at Akron Rotary Club in Akron, OH
  • Camp Promise Retreat – Arizona: July 25-28, 2024 at Whispering Hope Ranch in Payson, AZ

* Please note: Volunteers are required to arrive one-day prior to camper start dates listed above to attend a full-day mandatory orientation.

Applications are currently live and will close 10 weeks prior to the start of your camp.

  • Camper Applications: When they are open, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. To be considered for summer 2024, all documentation must be submitted 10 weeks prior to the start of the camp you are applying for.
  • Volunteer Applications: Volunteer applications remain open at this time, but the sooner your information is submitted the better!
  • Medical Forms: Medical forms for campers are due with your application 10 weeks prior to the start of your camp. If you are unable to obtain a medical form by this date, please contact Camp Promise staff by emailing info@camppromise.org.

Our overnight Camp Promise programs serve ages 6 and older. Camp Promise Retreat is specifically for campers who are 18 years and older. Camp Promise serves campers with select neuromuscular disorders; please see www.jettfoundation.org/camp-promise for a list of diagnoses that we typically serve. Camp Promise volunteers must be at least 18 years old to apply.

Over the past few years, Camp Promise has grown significantly. We are so proud of this accomplishment and that wonderful folks, like you, want to join us each summer. With this growth, however, has come an increased demand for our services and programs.
We use a standard set of criteria to help us evaluate each and every camper application we receive. This standard set of criteria includes:

  • Date application and interview were completed for each individual camper;
  • Access to and/or ability to attend other camps during the summer;
  • Whether the applicant has previously had the opportunity to enjoy the magic of Camp Promise; and
  • The most appropriate cabin fit based on the age and gender of the applicant.

Our goal is to welcome our returning campers, who we so value and appreciate, and also to allow for new campers to have the opportunity to join us during the summer.

While we wish we could serve every camper, due to this increased demand,
unfortunately, we may not be able to accept all campers who apply. Camp Promise staff will provide updates on camper application status and next steps throughout the registration process and will notify campers about acceptance and waitlist status, as warranted.

Our goal at Camp Promise is to deliver the magic of Camp Promise to as many campers with Duchenne and other select neuromuscular disorders as possible. To help meet this goal, campers will be limited to attending one in-person Camp Promise session per summer, including retreats. Campers are welcome to join our virtual Connect experience in addition to their in-person camp session.

Absolutely! You are welcome to apply to a camp location closest to the state in which you reside, even if it is not in the state you live in.

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Don’t miss out on a magical summer of Camp Promise!

Thank you to our Camp Promise Sponsors:

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of our Camp Promise programming, please email maura@jettfoundation.org.

Experience the magic this summer!

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Your gift helps Jett Foundation provide programming and opportunities, such as Camp Promise, to many families impacted by Duchenne muscular dystrophy each year.

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