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Community Outreach

The Child Life Department facilitates a number of programs and orientations designed for patients, siblings and families.

At the request of the physicians and/or nurse practioners, Child Life Specialists attend all Nicklaus Children's Hospital's sponsored camps. Their role includes, but is not limited to, planning and implementing, therapeutic/recreational activities, addressing the psychosocial and emotional needs of campers, assisting in training and supervising counselors, scheduling field trips, and ordering supplies.


Diabetes Camp (Camp Roaring Sun)

Camp Roaring Sun is a camp exclusively for children with diabetes who are treated at Nicklaus Children's Hospital. 


A week long overnight camp for ventilation assisted children (children needing a tracheostomy ventilator, C-PAP, BiPAP, or oxygen to support breathing) and their families.

Camp Coordinator: Bela Florentin

For more information and to learn more about VACC Camp, please visit:

Rheumatology Camp (Camp Funrise)

This is a week long overnight camp for patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

For additional information, please contact Evelyn Cruz or Maria Louisa Rivas-Chacon at (305) 663-8505.


Camp U.O.T.S. is an annual weeklong, overnight camp for children with cancer and blood disorders who are treated at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. 

Sibshops (Siblings Workshop)

Sibshops is a peer support group for siblings of children with developmental or medical needs. Siblings often find it difficult to express their feelings about their brother or sister with developmental or medical needs to others.  

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