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Mission Partners

Children’s Harbor at Lake Martin is thrilled to be a partner and sponsor to so many amazing organizations. For our partner organizations, the Children’s Harbor campus on Lake Martin in Alexander City offers a setting for patients and their families to share their experiences and reconnect, often outdoors, in a safe environment for children with health challenges.

Do you know of an organization or illness population that would benefit from our donated facilities? Email us or call (334) 857-2133.

Children’s Harbor is proudly accredited by the American Camp Association. This is the only national accrediting body for all camp types with a focus on health, safety and risk management. Read more about an ACA Accreditation here.

AAPVI – Songs for Sight

Camps for visually impaired children; camps with families. AAPVI (Alabama Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments) provides a forum for sharing information, access to experts in the vision field and acts as a support group for our families.

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Asthma Camp Eagle

This is a day camp geared for children living with asthma. This camp is designed to be empowering for children to help better treat their asthma, be educated on their condition, and create a fun, encouraging community for the children and their families.

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Camp Autism Smiles

Camp Autism Smiles

Camps for children with autism; camps with families. Camp Autism Smiles goal is to provide outdoor recreation in a camp setting for children diagnosed with autism and their families.

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The Bell Center

Since 1984, The Bell Center for Early Intervention Programs has provided quality early intervention services in a center-based program in Birmingham. Children come from throughout central Alabama with a wide variety of special needs and diagnoses ranging from cerebral palsy and Down syndrome to autism and rare genetic disorders from birth to three years of age.

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Our mission is to provide camps and educational programs at no cost for children, young adults and families living with an organ transplant.  We create a fun and educational environment for heart, kidney, liver and lung transplant recipients that encourages positive self image and healthy transplant living. Those served receive and provide peer support and form lasting friendships to better cope with the unique challenges of transplantation.

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Camp Conquest

Camp Conquest is a summer camp program designed to respond to the needs of pediatric burn survivors.

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Camp Cortisol

Camp Cortisol provides support for families of patients with a rare form of adrenal insufficiency. Children’s Harbor has enabled Camp Cortisol and so many other camps to be a lighthouse to thousands of children.

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CPODD (Center For Pediatric-Onset Demyelinating Disease) camps provide an extended weekend retreat for children with multiple sclerosis and neuromyelitis optica filled with parent, sibling and patient education, indoor and outdoor events, crafts, games, family interaction and an opportunity for families to make friends with others who are dealing with similar issues.


Deaf Camp at Children’s Harbor’s mission is to nurture and empower spiritual, social, mental, emotional, and physical growth through a variety of programs in a natural environment; all designed for Deaf/HH, CODA, and Siblings of Deaf/HH campers.

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Full Life Ahead

Camps for people with multiple disAbilities; camps with families. Full Life Ahead helps people with disabilities live the most independent and productive lives possible by connecting their dream to the resources required to make their dream a reality.

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HBDA – Camp Not Clot

Camp for children with hemophilia; camps with and without families. Hemophilia and Bleeding Disorders of Alabama strives to strengthen families and individuals with bleeding disorders through advocacy and educational outreach, while facilitating programs that foster peer support and independence.

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Camp H20 – Sickle Cell

Lakeshore Foundation – Camp Strive

A residential camp for children with a physical disability including a visual impairment.

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Magic Moments

Camps for children with life threatening illnesses who have received a magic moment. Family Camp provides time for families to relax and spend time together for three days in a stress free environment as well as rekindle relationships with other families and make new friendships.

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Camp Phenomenal

To connect PKU families and aid in building lasting relationships that will give families confidence in knowing that they are not alone in their journey. The PKU community is made up of some of the most amazing, kind hearted people. It is our goal to bring those families together to create empowering relationships.

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RhizoKids advocates and support research for a cure for Rhizomelic Chondrodysplasia Punctata (RCDP). RCDP is a very rare, terminal form of dwarfism that is believed to affect (currently) fewer than 100 people worldwide. This annual camp provides families information and access to the world’s most knowledgeable RCDP doctors.

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Ryan Shines Family Camp

Ryan Shines Burn Foundation is committed to the healing of pediatric burn survivors and firefighters. They do this by recognizing and promoting the profound connection between them. Much of their year is spent organizing events for the survivors, firefighters, and their families.

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Camps for children battling cancer; camps with and without families. Alabama’s Program for Children with Cancer, serves pediatric oncology patients, survivors and their families by providing avenues for fellowship, support that helps them cope with their disease and tools to help prepare them for life after cancer.

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United Ability

United Ability provides innovative services connecting people with disabilities to their communities and empowering individuals to live full and meaningful lives. United Ability envisions a world where disability is neither defining nor limiting.

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Vent Kids of Alabama

Vent Kids is a support group for families that have children living at home on ventilators. We coordinate an annual camp for children on ventilators, two caregivers and siblings. ALL activities are optional but offered are: swimming (pool), lake swimming, canoeing, miniature golf, playing on an accessible playground, karaoke, arts and crafts, boat rides and games.

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Camp V.I.P.

Camp V.I.P. (Victory, Independence, Possibilities) is a weekend family camp coordinated by the Spina Bifida Association of Alabama. It is a fun-filled weekend packed with activities such as adaptive water skiing (Adaptive Aquatics instructors), tubing, fishing, swimming, canoeing, and many other incredible opportunities. There is an educational aspect to each camp.

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Wired Together

WIRED together is a family camp created for young people with life-affecting heart disease. It is a place where people share similar paths and challenges. Our hope is to use this as an opportunity to encourage, educate, develop new friendships, have fun and enjoy beautiful Lake Martin at Children’s Harbor.

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Xtreme Outdoors Ministry

Xtreme Outdoors Ministry is a Christian-based organization that provides families hunting and fishing opportunities along with spiritual influence offered through outdoor activities. Our goal is to reach families with spiritual, physical, or other specific needs. These might include, but are not limited to, children with handicaps or serious illnesses, children of single parent homes, and children/families with limited exposure to outdoor opportunities.

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In addition to our medical camps, Children’s Harbor is proud to partner with community non-profits who also have a similar mission of serving children. We support the partner organizations below by providing the use of our facilities at significantly reduced rates.


Alabama Sheriffs Youth Ranches

The mission of the Ranches is to provide Christian, family-style residential homes for Alabama’s needy school-age young people in an atmosphere where they may grow spiritually and physically into productive, responsible, and happy adults.


The Arc of South Talladega County

Camps for intellectually challenged adults. The ARC of Alabama is a volunteer-based membership organization made up of individuals with intellectual, developmental and other disabilities, their families, friends, interested citizens, and professionals in the disability field.

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Camp Blue Bird

Camp Bluebird started in 1985, when a cancer survivor in Birmingham, Alabama, decided to start a retreat for adult cancer survivors. Camp is in the spring and fall, offering campers a unique opportunity for listening and learning, not only about their disease, but others like themselves who live with cancer. Each camper will have the opportunity to build a bluebird house while at camp.

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Being a police officer is not just a profession. It is a lifestyle – one that affects not only the officer but also the spouse/partner and, ultimately, the children. Cater2Cops seeks to offer a physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual respite, a rest from the daily difficulties, to police officers, spouses, and children in a relaxed atmosphere where all the family has to do is rest, reconnect, and recharge.

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Exceptional Foundation

The Exceptional Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, was established in 1993 to serve individuals with special needs in the Greater Birmingham area by targeting social and recreational objectives not met by educational institutions or the community at large.

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Camp Kesem

Camp Kesem

Kesem is a nationwide community, driven by passionate college student leaders, that supports children through and beyond their parent’s cancer. Kesem’s flagship program, Camp Kesem, operates free summer camps for children who have been impacted by a parent’s cancer. Founded at Stanford University in 2000, Camp Kesem has since expanded to 116 chapters in 42 states across the country.

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Camp Life – Children’s Aid Society

Children’s Aid Society helps strengthen families by helping parents gain the skills and resources they need to keep families together, recruiting and preparing adoptive homes, housing and training young mothers and preparing youth in foster care to age out with the skills to live independently.

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Heart of Passion

We’re committed to providing experiences that help teens with cancer tear down walls and add a spark of VIP treatment during key life phases. Our “for teens, from teens” programming model has allowed Heart of Passion to connect teens living with cancer to each other to form an emotional support structure in an environment that only teens themselves could create.

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