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Asthma assistance group hosts camp for sufferers

Published: Friday, Jul. 15, 2011 - 12:00 am | Page 2B
Last Modified: Sunday, Jul. 17, 2011 - 11:24 am

A free overnight camp for children with asthma will be held Aug. 18-21 at Camp Arroyo in Livermore.

The camp is sponsored by California Fairplay, a Rancho Murieta-based organization that provides educational assistance to children who suffer from asthma.

The camp is for children 6 to 12 years old with mild to severe asthma. Free bus transportation is included.

The goal of the camp is to raise asthma awareness in Northern California and to help children learn how to handle their asthma in an enjoyable, real-life camp environment, according to a news release.

A residential medical staff includes a doctor, 20 student nurses from California State University, Sacramento, eight registered nurses to supervise activities and provide any needed medical care, and community volunteers.

Camp Arroyo is operated by the East Bay YMCA and the Taylor Family Foundation.

Through a daily education program and games, campers learn practical skills such as how to recognize an oncoming asthma attack, how to get help and how to check breathing capacity with a peak-flow meter.

Camp programs feature a range of recreational activities, from sports to environmental education to arts and crafts. Campers can participate in swimming, horseback riding, basketball, volleyball, rock wall climbing, ropes courses, bocce ball, hiking and other activities. The programs are supervised by medical staff members and are geared to each child's physical and emotional needs.

Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis with places for 80 children. Applications are still being accepted as a July 15 deadline has been extended.

For more information, see the California Fairplay website, www.cafairplay.org, or call (916) 491-1609, or email al@cafairplay.org.

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