In 2020 our normal camp routine was disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. We were able to adjust to a virtual format and held camp weekly during July. Though much was different, many campers had a great experience learning and having fun via digital means. We hope that next year camp will be back to an in-person experience and that this year kept our campers safe. See camp information below on our normal camping experience.
The Hemophilia and Thrombosis Center at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus (HTC) is a partner with the Colorado Chapter of the National Hemophilia Foundation in supporting the Colorado Mile High Camp program. This week-long camp is designed for children ages 7-18 who are affected by bleeding disorders and their siblings. Campers are able to connect with others in Colorado, Wyoming or Montana who may be experiencing some of the same issues they and their families are going through.
Campers can enjoy a wide variety of activities including archery, swimming, hiking, horseback riding, fishing, mountain biking, a ropes course, rock wall and zip line. All activities are geared to each age group and supervised by trained and caring counselors.
All facilities and trails are safe and accessible for all ages and levels of fitness and the amenities provide a safe and comfortable atmosphere for learning and fun. In addition, campers can learn to perform self-infusion, experience teamwork and find new skills.
Mile High Camp is held at the Easter Seals, Rocky Mountain Village just 42 miles west of Denver near Idaho Springs. The on-site staff from Rocky Mountain Village as well as the HTC clinical staff and the camp director from the NHF Colorado strive for camp to be a positive and fun experience that creates bonds with new friends and provides patients and families with education and skills to manage their disorder. There are different activities and classes for the school age, middle school and high school campers that challenge them with new experiences and helps them develop new skills.
The HTC has spent the past few years transitioning the organizational portion of camp to NHF Colorado but the HTC staff remains committed to supporting the program through both funding and providing clinical care, training and personnel. For more information on this wonderful program, please visit the NHF Colorado’s Camp FAQ page.
As part of the Mile High Summer Camp program, teens affected by bleeding disorders can take part in the “Leadership in Training” program.
This program offers teens that are entering or are currently enrolled in high school the chance to improve leadership skills, build relationships and provide peer mentoring to younger campers at our Mile High Camp. To learn more about this opportunity, please visit the NHF Colorado website.