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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 staff.
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 p