Summer camp is a traditional American childhood experience, and often a pivotal one. Most people have fond memories of long games of Marco Polo in the pool, roasting s’mores, tie-dyed shirts at arts and crafts, the mess kits, bunk beds, and long games of kickball. Kids living with or impacted by HIV, however, do not always have these opportunities. Although they are protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act, HIV-positive children or the kids of HIV-positive parents often endure discrimination and alienation at school, and generally deal with more serious health and financial issues than children their age normally do.
Thankfully there are a number of great programs providing these kids a safe place to, well, act like a kid during summer break. Here are our top 20 camps and programs — some specifically for kids, others for whole families, but all that offer a web of support and friendship for kids impacted by HIV.