Breathe DC

Camp Breathe Happy

July 21-25, 2019 | 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

2019 Camp

the Camp

About the Campgrounds

Elks Camp Barrett is a fully equipped camp facility owned and operated by the Elks Association of MD, DE and DC. The campground is located just a short ride from Washington, DC in Annapolis, Maryland, yet it is a world away from the District’s urban environment.
The camp is about 10 minutes from the Annapolis Mall. It has a stream, hiking trails, an archery range, an indoor activity building, basketball court, outdoor activity areas including a pool and full kitchen and dining hall facilities. This co-ed campground features:

  • a swimming pool with lifeguards on duty
  • archery and other supervised outdoor camp activities
  • nature exploration and hiking trails on the grounds
  • an indoor activity building
  • basketball court
  • 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, a Health Center is nearby.