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The Painted Turtle seeks to reach beyond illness... to inspire children with life-threatening diseases to become their greater selves. It is our mission to provide a year-round, life-changing environment for these children and their families. Our camp allows children to participate in an authentic camp experience by supporting their medical needs and offers their families care, education and respite.
The Painted Turtle is the sixth addition to Paul Newman's family of Hole in the Wall Gang Camps for seriously ill children. It is also the only multi-disease camp and family care center of its kind on the West Coast. Through educational, therapeutic, safe, and just plain fun summer camp and year-round programs, The Painted Turtle provides a life-changing experience to children whose daily struggles often diminish both their desire to be well and their ability to lead a rich, productive life.
The Painted Turtle offers an exhilarating, challenging, and nurturing array of traditional summer camp recreational activities, seamlessly intertwined with programs that inspire children to become more self-confident and self-reliant, as well as more cooperative with their medical caregivers. There is a strong healing potential in the lessons children learn and the friendships they form at The Painted Turtle.
What our volunteers are saying:"There is no other place I would want to spend my free time! The campers...that is the main reason I want to come back. It's such an amazing opportunity to be able to help them forget about their problems...to let them imagine and dream. The chance to make them laugh or smile is priceless."