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A place to relax, restore and recharge.


Children’s Harbor at Lake Martin is happy to be a partner and sponsor for more than 30 illness-related camps each year. If you would like more information or if you know of an organization or illness population that would benefit from our donated facilities please feel free to contact Myrle Grate at (205) 218-5347. If our campus is not being used by an illness group it may be available to rent for retreats, youth camps, special events and weddings.

Lake Martin

For our illness camps, the Children’s Harbor campus on Lake Martin in Alexander City offers many ways for patients and their families to come together and reconnect, often outdoors, in a safe environment for children with health challenges.

Illness-Related Camps for Children and Families

Children’s Harbor at Lake Martin offers a unique and peaceful environment to get away. It encourages relaxation and relationships with others that understand daily needs and long-term challenges. It offers campers an opportunity to explore and do activities in a safe environment.

There are camps each year for many different illnesses and diagnoses — such as cancer, hemophilia, spinal injury, autism as well as heart and lung disease. Learn more about the facility and things to do on the ways to play, ways to unwind and ways to learn pages.

How to Get Here

Traveling to Children’s Harbor at Lake Martin:

  • From Montgomery, Alabama, it will take about 1 hour.
  • From Birmingham, Alabama, it will take about 1.5 hours.
  • From Columbus, Georgia, it will take about 1.5 hours.
  • From Dothan, Alabama, it will take about 2.5 hours.
  • From Atlanta, Georgia, it will take about 2.5 hours.
  • From Mobile, Alabama, it will take about 3 hours.
  • From Meridian, Mississippi, it will take about 3.5 hours.

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Illness Camp Partners

It's an honor to work with so many great people and organizations that organize camps for children and their families. Below is an overview of the current camps Children's Harbor partners with.

View upcoming camps on the calendar.

Songs for Sight

AAPVI - Songs for Sight

Camps for visually impaired children; camps with families. AAPVI (Alabama Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments) is a support group for parents of children with visual impairments.

ARC of South Talladega County

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.

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.

Blue Bird

Camps for adult cancer survivors.



Camps for children with organ transplants; camps with and without families. Camp BRIDGES mission is to provide camps and programs at no cost to pre and post transplant children, teens, young adults and their families from Alabama and neighboring states.

Camp Conquest

Camp Conquest

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

Camp Cortisol

Camp Cortisol

Camp Cortisol provides support for families of patients with a rare form of adrenal insufficiency.



CPODD 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.

Full Life Ahead

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.

Camp Clot Not

HBDA - Camp Clot Not

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.

Camp Eagle

Camp for children with asthma.

Camp Horizon

Cobb County PARKS Therapeutic Recreation. Children with developmental issues.

Camp I Believe

Camp I Believe

Camps for children who have lost a parent or friend. Run by clinical experts who understand the healing process, Camp I Believe is a place for children ages 7-14 who have experienced the loss of a family member to come to heal, play and grow.

Camp Strive

Lakeshore Foundation - Camp Strive

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

Camp Magic Moments

Camp Magic Moments

Camps for children with life threatening illnesses who have received a magic moment.

MS Society

MS Society

Support group for children with MS. The Alabama-Mississippi Chapter works to improve the quality of life for approximately 6,300 people affected by MS in Alabama and Mississippi and to raise funds for critical MS research.

Camp Smile-a-Mile

Camp Smile-a-Mile

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.

Transition Camp

Transition Camp

Camps for youth with chronic illness.

Vent Kids of Alabama

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.

Wired Together

Camps for children with heart disease; camps with families.

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.

Xtreme Outdoors Ministry

Xtreme Outdoors Ministry

Xtreme Outdoors Ministry provides outdoor and hunting experiences for children with multiple disabilities.

Christian Deaf Camp

Camp for hearing impaired children.

Receive a facility grant.

If you’re a group focused on hosting an illness camp at Children’s Harbor on Lake Martin, contact us to discuss receiving a facility grant to cover the costs of renting the campsite and facility amenities.

Learn more about each campsite. For more information, Email Myrle Grate or call (334) 857-2014.

Rent a facility for your group.

When the campus is not being used by illness camps, other groups are welcome. Fees collected from these groups are used to defray the costs of Children’s Harbor at Lake Martin and Children’s Harbor Family Center in Birmingham.

Learn more about our venues and rental opportunities for groups. For more information, email Wanda Coker or call (334) 857-2040.

Common questions.

Planning a group event takes a lot of coordination and access to information and details. We’ve included answers to many of the questions we anticipate you’ll have when it comes to renting and planning a group event at Children’s Harbor at Lake Martin, but also feel free to email us or call (334) 857-2133 for additional information. You can also visit the events calendar to see the existing upcoming schedule for various campsites.

How Can You Help?

The assistance Children’s Harbor receives from generous donors and active volunteers is central to carrying out our mission. Learn more about getting involved.