Enjoy a week of summer fun where everyone understands!
CAMP GO BeYOND was created in 2001 by Dr. Mel Heyman, Chief of Pediatric Gastroenterolgy at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital in San Francisco as Camp Gut Busters. Our mission is to provide a free camp experience where children ages 7-17 diagnosed with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD): Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis, can have fun in a safe, supportive, and nurturing environment.
Made possible by generous donations, camp has been FREE FOR ALL ATTENDEES since its inception.
CAMP DATES 2018: June 23-29
Applications Open January 22nd!
Counselors AND CITS arrive:
Pickup for all:
Who can apply?
CAMP GO BeYOND welcomes campers and volunteer counselors who have been diagnosed with IBD (Crohn's Disease or Ulcerative Colitis). Our campers are ages 7-16; Counselors-in-Training (CIT) must be age 17 by the first day of camp; and Counselors are ages 18 and over. Everyone under age 18 must be cleared by his/her personal physician. The physician form is part of the Application Packet. All volunteers are fingerprinted and background checked.
Campers and counselors who can provide their own transportation to/from beautiful Livermore, CA are welcome to apply.
Supportive Medical Staff and Counselors
Our camp is staffed by physicians and nurses with expertise in IBD. In addition, almost all of our volunteer counselors are IBD patients which gives them unique insight into the issues and challenges associated with living with IBD. Camper medications are safely stored in our Med Shed and are dispensed by our on-site nurses according to the campers' specifically prescribed schedule.
Location: Camp Arroyo, Livermore
CAMP GO BeYOND is located at beautiful Camp Arroyo and hosted by the Taylor Family Foundation in the Livermore hills about 30 miles east of the San Francisco Bay. The quiet oak-studded hills populated with deer, wild turkeys, and rabbits overlook the Livermore valley.
The mission of The Taylor Family Foundation (TTFF) is "to enhance the quality of life for children in Northern California suffering from life-threatening illnesses and disabilities."
Each year we welcome new and returning campers, counselors, and medical staff. Everyone associated with CAMP GO BeYOND is a volunteer.
5555 Arroyo Rd
Livermore, CA 94550