They worked to build an inclusive
It was their wish that the Madden Open Hearts Camp
be accessible to all children who wished to come
regardless of financial circumstance.
Their unique vision lives on today.
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THE MADDEN OPEN HEARTS CAMP
In 2013, the Madden Open Hearts Camp continues to exemplify the Maddens' spirit of generosity and their dedication to providing this special group of children with the most affirming summer camp experience possible.
Building on over 50 years of experience
in nurturing children who have overcome open heart surgery
or a heart transplant, the Madden Open Hearts Camp is
a very special place for very special kids! Today, with
a newly expanded program and facility, and an energetic,
caring and committed leadership team, the Madden Open
Hearts Camp is stronger than ever.
Situated on 300 acres of rolling hills
in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains in Western Massachusetts,
the Madden Open Hearts Camp is a summer retreat where
children can come together and connect as they enjoy
recreational, athletic, artistic, and cultural activities.
All camp activities are designed to meet the social
and developmental needs of campers, and are led and
supervised by experienced professionals and trained
The Madden Open Hearts Camp provides children
with a unique opportunity to build special friendships
with other children who have had similar experiences
related to their shared medical histories. For many
of the children who attend the Madden Open Hearts Camp,
it is their first experience of feeling like 'one of
the group,' of not feeling 'different,' or not feeling
afraid of being excluded or teased by other children
because of their heart condition. The Madden Open Hearts
Camp offers a unique combination of providing children
with safe and supportive opportunities to play, share,
trust and learn new skills. This is what makes summers
at the Madden Open Hearts Camp a truly special and memorable
experience for campers, parents, and camp staff alike.
The program at M.O.H.C has matured over the years and takes very seriously the task of caring for children with cardiac conditions. Today's camp program has been designed in consultation with medical professionals in the field of pediatric cardiology and is specifically tailored to meet the special needs of children who have recovered from open heart surgery or a heart transplant. The program is designed for children who are healthy enough to participate in full days of activity but may need frequent rest breaks during athletic games and challenges. Children who may be unable to participate fully in sports at school will find a very welcoming atmosphere at camp where activities are designed to be inclusive and sensitive to differing abilities. Children are never pushed beyond clear limits and are consistently monitored and encouraged to rest, refresh, and move at a comfortable pace.
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The Edward J. Madden Open Hearts Camp
250 Monument Valley Road, Great Barrington, Massachusetts 01230