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About Camp Bluebird

What is Camp Bluebird?
Camp Bluebird is the first camp in the Middle Tennessee area designed for adult cancer patients.  This 3-day, 2-night retreat offers a unique experience, providing campers with education, support and encouragement in living life after a cancer diagnosis.

The first Camp Bluebird was organized in 1985 by a cancer survivor at Saint Vincent’s Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama. Today, Camp Bluebird is held in many locations throughout the country. Middle Tennessee’s Camp Bluebird began in 1987 as a project of Saint Thomas Hospital and the Telephone Pioneers of America (now the AT&T Pioneer Volunteers), and is one of the longest-running camps of its kind. Middle Tennessee Camp Bluebird is held each spring and fall.

What does Camp Bluebird offer?
Camp Bluebird offers time for listening and learning. It is designed to help reduce the isolation felt by many cancer patients. It is a time for being with friends and a time for caring and sharing. As one camper battling brain cancer remarked, “When I came to camp, I didn’t know what to expect. Now, I know what I need to go home and say to my family.”

 Camp Bluebird provides…

  • Time for listening, learning, sharing and caring.
  • Exploration of lifestyle adjustments in living with or beyond cancer.
  • An opportunity to asses non-medical needs and discover ways to meet those needs.
  • Education regarding medically-related concerns such as nutrition, exercise, side effects from cancer treatment and management of these symptoms.
  • A variety of recreational activities like crafts, games, yoga and dancing.

Who can attend?
Adults aged 18 or older who have been diagnosed with cancer are invited to apply to attend Camp Bluebird.

Who are the Camp Counselors?
Counselors include registered nurses, social workers, chaplains, nutritionists and volunteers, many of whom are cancer survivors.

What are the accommodations like?
Campers stay in lakeside cabins with dormitory-like facilities. The setting is peaceful and scenic, and campers have an opportunity to enjoy hiking, fishing and simply appreciating the beauty of the outdoors. Delicious meals are provided in the main meeting area.

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