Children are having fun at summer camp, but there's much more going on at Camp Kitaki in Cass County, Nebraska.
It may look like a typical summer camp, but this one's a little different. Every child suffers from moderate to severe asthma. “It can hold you back for some things.” This is Ashley Hudson's fifth year at Camp Superkids, which has helped her cope with her asthma. "I used to be really self-conscious of using my medication in front of people and now it's just another thing I do,” said the Bellevue girl.
The camp is a fun and an educational experience for the kids, teaching them what triggers their asthma. "You can be going along and come in contact with something in the environment and be stopped and we really do try to push that idea that you're normal, do xyz, follow your asthma action plan, take your medication, avoid the things you're allergic to,” said camp director Patrick Foster.
Ashley says an open mind helps. “It's going to be educational, but that doesn't mean it’s going to be boring. I mean camp is one of the highlights of my year.”
The realization that others suffer from the same affliction automatically bonds these kids and in case of emergency, a complete medical staff of nurses, a respiratory therapist and a physician are on duty 24/7.
The main goal of Camp Superkids is to understand that it's okay to be an asthmatic and these kids can live healthy lives. “We give kids a chance to learn more about their asthma,” said Foster.