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Camp DMC

Camp DMC is a summer program for children with special needs run by Nicklaus Children’s Dan Marino Outpatient Center. The objective of Camp DMC is to provide a fun-filled, educational and behaviorally therapeutic curriculum while enhancing each child’s academic skills, functional communication, fine and gross motor skills and social interactions. 

The program is conducted by trained professionals, including certified teachers, behavior specialists, and education aides. Certified Behavior Analysts are on-site at all times. The ratio of staff to children ranges from 1:3 to 1:7. The program welcomes children from 5 to 12 years old. 

Children new to the program must participate in a pre-camp screening evaluation. To be considered for participation, all children are required to be fully toilet trained. The program cost is $185 per week. Once accepted, families must commit to their child attending Camp DMC for the duration of the 8-week camp, for a minimum of 6 hours per day. A non-refundable $100 deposit per child is required to reserve. 

Camp Age: 5 to 12 (Children as old as 12 may qualify to participate based on evaluation)  
Pre-care: 8:00 a.m. – 9 a.m.
After-care: 3 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Key Areas of Focus

  • Educational curriculum includes: Reading, math, science, art, physical education (PE) and social skills training
  • Staff include: Certified Elementary Educators, Board Certified Behavior Analysts, Behavior Specialists, and Education Aides
  • Music and movement / Yoga

Special Events

  • Science Exploration sessions and field trip to Museum of Science and Discovery in Ft. Lauderdale.
  • Visitors from local community programs and organizations
  • Friday Fun Days including swimming 

For more information and to apply please call the Dan Marino Outpatient Center at 954-385-6243 or email Jamie Tarshis at

Camp Funrise

Camp Funrise is a weeklong, sleep away camp for kids with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, an inflammation of the joints that is characterized by swelling, heat and pain. Patients from the Division of Rheumatology at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital partake in a week of fun-filled activities tailored to ease the symptoms of arthritis including swimming with dolphins, Thai Chi, and much more!

The camp is staffed by nurses and medical professionals  as well as volunteers from Nicklaus Children’s. Camp Funrise is sponsored by Nicklaus Children’s Hospital and the Florida Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation.

Camp Roaring Sun

The camp began in 1987 as a day camp and has grown into a week-long, sleepover camp. The campers enjoy a week of fun in the sun and activities that include nature walks, a trip to see a baseball game and swimming under the supervision of Nicklaus Children’s pediatric endocrinology nurses. The children’s blood levels are regularly monitored throughout the day while they socialize in a fun, safe and caring environment. Camp Roaring Sun is sponsored by Nicklaus Children’s Hospital and Lions Club International.

For more information regarding the diabetes camp for children, contact Awilda Valdes  or Leslie Gaitan at 786-624-4171.

Camp Superstar

The camp is held at the Florida Atlantic University Campus. Campers participate in arts and crafts, dance parties, sports and daily skits. Camp Superstar is funded by the State of Florida Children’s Medical Services (CMS) and Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.


The camp packed with fun activities including a pool party, go-cart racing and a three-day trip to Orlando theme parks. The children enjoy a stress-free week of fun in a medically-safe environment under the supervision of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital doctors, nurses, staff and volunteers who serve as camp counselors. In fact, many of the volunteer staff members are former cancer survivors treated at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.

The camp also serves as a support group for the children, many of whom are receiving or have completed cancer treatment.  Camp U.O.T.S. is sponsored in full by Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, private donors and its title sponsor – the United Order True Sisters. 
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Ventilation Assisted Children’s Center (VACC) Camp

Since the program was founded in 1986, more than 180 families, some of whom have traveled from 27 states and three countries, have benefitted from this unique experience.
VACC Camp recently celebrated its 30th anniversary of providing children with tracheostomies (requiring oxygen and ventilators to breathe), along with their families, a week filled with activities such as swimming, boating and bowling regardless of their medical limitations. The camp provided children with experiences they never thought possible, such as their first swim in the ocean or sailboat ride, despite the amount of equipment that typically accompanies them.

Held each year in Miami during spring break, the camp activities are all conducted in a medically-safe environment thanks to the help of volunteers and medical personnel from Nicklaus Children’s Hospital who donate their time and services to ensure a safe week for all involved. Dr. Moises Simpser, Pulmonologist with the Division of Pulmonology at Nicklaus Children’s as well as VACC Camp Founder and Director, has led the camp since its inception. The camp is sponsored by Nicklaus Children’s Hospital and is supported by many who donate their time and services to the children of VACC camp. For more information about VACC camp, visit

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