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Texas Asthma Camp

Teaching Kids to Live With Asthma

  • Welcome to Texas Asthma Camp

    Join us June 21 – 26, 2015 as we celebrate 31 years of summer fun and better breathing! Since 1985, we have seen over 2,000 kids come to the Texas Asthma Camp, making us the oldest and one of the largest asthma camps in Texas. Our kids have lots of fun while learning how to take an active role in managing their asthma at home, at play, and during school.

    Campers are accepted based on the date the application and application fee are received, the degree of your child’s illness, and number of years at Texas Asthma Camp. If we are full, you will be offered the opportunity to be placed on our waiting list.

    The Measurable Value of Texas Asthma Camp

    If your child has been diagnosed with asthma by a physician and is between the ages of 7 – 14, we encourage you to consider applying for the Texas Asthma Camp. The benefits of attending asthma camps are well documented. Research has shown that for the year following attendance at an asthma camp, asthmatic children show better management skills and have fewer missed school days, physician and ER visits, and hospital admissions because of their disease. Check out for more information on the proven value of asthma camps.

    How to Get Your Child Registered

    Applications and forms will be posted early in 2015. Check back later.

    Cost of Camp

    The total cost of camp this year is $250. A $25 non-refundable application fee is required for all applications. Applications are not considered complete until we receive the application fee. For those paying by cash, cashier’s check, or check, the balance of $225 is due no later than Friday, June 13 unless other arrangements are made by calling (903) 877-7075. Please make checks payable to The Texas Chest Foundation.

    Financial Aid

    We are very fortunate to have the support of the Texas Chest Foundation Fund to provide financial aid for campers who would not otherwise be able to attend Texas Asthma Camp. If you want to know if you are approved for financial aid before you complete Step Two, complete and send the financial aid application along with your camp application now. Click on the link below to access the Financial Aid Application Form.

    • Contact Us

      We’ve tried to anticipate your questions and provide you with all of the information you need to get your child ready for camp, but don’t hesitate to call or email if you have a specific question or you need to talk to us. Call (903) 877-7075 or email rhonda.scoby@uthct.edu

    • About Asthma Camp

      Managed by the asthma experts at UT Health Northeast, the Texas Asthma Camp is the oldest and most established asthma camp in Texas. Children ages 7-14 spend a week at beautiful Camp Tyler on Lake Tyler learning how to take control of their asthma while having fun at the same time. The majority of our camp counselors are respiratory therapy students from Tyler Junior College, and the key administrative and medical staff members have been a team for over 20 years in running the camp each summer.

      In addition, a 24/7 clinic staffed by physicians and nurses who are lung disease experts give parents comfort in sending their kids to camp. Many times, children with asthma are not able to attend traditional camps because of their disease and the large number of medications they must take. The Texas Asthma Camp has created a safe environment for these children to participate in many fun activities while making life-long friends with other asthmatic children. They learn they are not alone.

    • What to Bring

      The single most frequently forgotten item for our camp kids is their pillow! Double check the attached list to make sure your child has everything they will need.

    • Food Allergies

      Many times, allergies and asthma go hand in hand. It’s not uncommon for our kids to be allergic to a few foods or for some, a large number of foods. We will work with you to devise a menu solution that will allow your child to attend Texas Asthma Camp. For more information, contact the Camp Director at rhonda.scoby@uthct.edu.

    • Policies for Parent/Guardian Review

      If you are registering your child for Texas Asthma Camp, we ask that you click on the attachment below to review the policies included.

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    • Daily Schedule

      We’ve attached a copy of our Daily Schedule in case you’re wondering what a typical day at Texas Asthma Camp is like.

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    • Directions

      If you have GPS capabilities, the camp address is 15143 Camp Tyler Rd, Whitehouse, TX 75791. We have also attached two maps below for your convenience.

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    • How You Can Help

      Attending the Texas Asthma Camp has been a life-changing experience many times over throughout its 29-year history. Our children who thrive in the camp environment and learn the lessons we teach go on to become physically and academically stronger, healthier kids. No other program in our region of Texas offers this combination of education, expertise, peer support, and physical activity. The Texas Asthma Camp impacts the children who attend medically, socially, and academically.

      In addition, asthma disproportionally affects children in poverty, and so we actively recruit kids most in need through contact with school nurses, emergency rooms, and physicians’ offices throughout the region.

      You may have asthma or know someone who does and understand how important education is in managing this disease. Your financial support will mean that families without the financial resources to send their children will be able to. For many of these kids, the Texas Asthma Camp will provide a chance to forever change the course of their lives.

      For more information, contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at UT Health Northeast at (903) 877-5135.