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Camp Dragonfly

HASDC’s Camp Dragonfly has been serving the teens of San Diego and Imperial Counties since 2014. Camp Dragonfly is an outdoor adventure summer camp, hosted by the Hemophilia Association of San Diego County in partnership with Rady Children’s Hospital Hemophilia & Thrombosis Treatment Center. Camp Dragonfly serves campers affected with hemophilia, von Willebrand’s disease, platelet disorders, and other rare chronic bleeding disorders from San Diego and Imperial Counties. 

We understand that there is much uncertainty as it relates to COVID-19. We are committed to providing an experience that helps our campers grow, build confidence, and connect with peers. After careful review of the facts, and with advice from our medical team, we will be moving forward with a virtual experience for 2021.

We are excited to be partnering with GutMonkey to bring you a unique and interactive virtual experience. Camp will focus on teens finding their voice, speaking up, and inviting adults into their world. Campers will play with the idea of the future and how they wish to see it, shape it, and how to advocate for themselves as they transition into their future (post-covid, getting older, considering their next steps in the realm of being a teen). 

Join us for 3-days of virtual watch parties, robots, cookies with secret messages, avatar style games, and futuristic hangouts. Don’t worry, we’ll still include some camp favorites like mafia and s’mores. Grab your megaphone and we will see you in the FUTURE!

We look forward to having campers join us from he Hemophilia Foundation of Northern California, and the following National Hemophilia Foundations, the Nevada Chapter, the Nebraska Chapter and the Hawaii Chapter. 

WHO CAN ATTEND CAMP?

HASDC’s Camp Dragonfly is for our teen campers, ages 14-17, diagnosed with a bleeding disorder (given priority), carriers and their siblings. Campers must be 14-years old on the first day of camp in order to attend. Siblings must attend with their affected sibling in order to attend. Campers must independently manage all personal care and mobility, which includes being able to self-infuse. Those living within San Diego & Imperial Counties will be given priority.

WHY ATTEND CAMP?

Camp Dragonfly provides teens with the tools they need to overcome the challenges presented to them by their disorder as well as connect with peers, gain leadership skills, test personal limits and the opportunity to commune with nature. By attending Camp Dragonfly, campers will experience camping and an outdoor program which challenges at both the individual and group levels.

Professional medical staff from Rady Children’s Hospital Hemophilia & Thrombosis Treatment Center are on site for duration of the camp program.

CAMP COST

Each camper is to pay a non-refundable $25.00 registration fee. Additional camp costs are underwritten by grants and funds raised by HASDC’s Unite for Bleeding Disorders Walk.

Due to the pandemic, this year’s registration fee will be waived for our virtual camp program.

DATES | TIMES

Monday, August 2, 2021
4:00PM – 5:30PM PST – Big Hero 6 Movie Watch Party!
5:30PM – 6:00PM PST – Optional Hangout
6:00PM – 8:00PM PST – Camp Program

Tuesday, August 3, 2021
5:30PM – 6:00PM PST – Optional Hangout
6:00PM – 8:00PM PST – Camp Program (campers will be using the stove to bake)

Wednesday, August 4, 2021
5:30PM – 6:00PM PST – Optional Hangout
6:00PM – 8:00PM PST – Camp Program

CAMPER BOX

Each participant will be mailed a Camp Box that will contain all materials necessary to complete camp activities. In addition to program materials, Camp Boxes will also include a camp t-shirt and other fun surprises.

REGISTRATION

Registration for Camp Dragonfly is closed.

PROGRAMMING PARTNER

Thank you GutMonkey for partnering with HASDC to provide programming and camp support for Camp Dragonfly this year.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do I join the Camp Zoom sessions?
You will be sent a Zoom link, via email, from HASDC to use each day for Camp. Please start logging in at least 10-minutes early in case you have any trouble. *You can also find the Zoom link in our camp Facebook group.

What if I get disconnected or can’t login?
We will be actively troubleshooting throughout the camp program. Text 619-325-9401 if you have any technical difficulties and we will try to help you get back into the program.

What is the best location to Zoom for camp?
Help your camper choose a location for their Zoom that is quiet and gives them room to move and do the camp activities. Think about what will be visible behind your camper and if you are comfortable with other campers seeing it. Headphones can help minimize background noise.

What if I have multiple campers participating?
If you have multiple campers in the same house – the best option is for them to be in different rooms out of earshot, on two different devices.

Is this a video conference? Can people see me?
We know that face-to-face time is important to reducing isolation and maintaining a positive sense of well-being. We encourage everyone to use video, especially during your campers breakout room. However, video is optional and we can still see if you are logged in with or without video.