Breathe DC

About Camp Breathe Happy

July 22-26, 2018 | Register Now!

Asthma Education + Outdoor Adventure:

Camp Breathe Happy

Breathe DC hosts Camp Breathe Happy summer camp to teach asthma control and self-management skills to children ages 8 to 12. Campers are District of Columbia residents who struggle to properly manage and treat their asthma.  During the camping experience children learn how to:

  • identify their specific individual asthma triggers
  • recognize the signs and symptoms of an impending asthmatic episode
  • properly use medications, spacers, and peak flow meters
  • use breathing and relaxation exercises to help alleviate asthmatic symptoms
  • communicate their illness more effectively with family members, peers, teachers, school nurses and doctors

Asthma classes are taught in a fun environment using games, arts and crafts, alongside a structured, evidence-based asthma education curriculum. Certificates of completion, t-shirts and asthma education materials are provided to all campers. Our campers also enjoy a variety of traditional camping activities such as:

  • Nature exploration
  • Fishing
  • Archery
  • Social events
  • Special entertainment performances

2018 Camp

the Camp


About the Campgrounds

The 4-H Patuxent Campground is an ideal setting for Camp Breathe Happy. Located in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, it is a short ride from Washington, yet a world away for our campers to enjoy outdoor activities unavailable to them in the District’s urban environment. This co-ed campground features:

  • a small, quiet lake
  • two barns with a variety of animals
  • the Patuxent River, which runs 2 miles from the camp ground
  • an indoor activity building
  • basketball court
  • hiking trails
  • a dining hall with kitchen
  • a camp caretaker on the premises at all times

The camp is staffed with trained camp counselors, health service professionals and others experienced in working with children. This includes physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists and teachers. The Medical Director is a physician who oversees the medical care provided at the camp. Our staff consults with each camper’s personal physician, as needed, to ensure consistency and quality of care.

For security purposes, the area Fire and Police departments are informed of the camp dates and the approximate number of participants. In case of emergency, Bowie Health Center is five miles away. In addition, Doctors and Prince George’s Community Hospitals are only a few minutes away.