Every summer, Camp Moss provides children with heart disease an exciting and fun-filled week where they can meet friends and make camp memories to last a lifetime.
Camp Moss exists to improve the quality of life for Texas children with cardiac disease by providing the exciting experience of summer camp in a safe environment with necessary daily medical treatment. Its goal is to enhance campers’ self-esteem by encouraging relationships with others who have heart disease and to cultivate an “I can do it” attitude in each camper.
Children are welcome to join if they:
- Are developmentally 8-16 years old
- Have their medical history, physical and cardiologist’s approval
- Are receiving treatment in the Dallas-Fort Worth area
- Have significant heart disease
- Are physically able to participate in camp activities
- Are ready to have a week of fun
Camp Moss is:
- A great adventure! Just like other summer camps, Camp Moss offers:
- Horseback riding
- Rope course
- Craft/art classes
- Opportunities to build friendships
- Lessons in problem-solving
- Team-building skills
- Memories that last a lifetime
Camp Moss history
Camp Moss originated in 1991 when a social worker had an idea to create a weekend camp for children with heart disease. The Moss Heart Trust, which was established for providing cardiac care and research, agreed to sponsor this weekend camp from 1992-1995. The grant was renewed in 1996, and the length of camp was increased to one week. Children can attend camp free of charge thanks to many generous donations and volunteers.
Camp John Marc
Camp Moss, nestled among rolling hills and scenic lakes, is held every June at Camp John Marc Special Camp for Special Kids in Meridian, Texas. Camp John Marc is a non-profit organization located 85 miles southwest of Dallas. Facilities include air-conditioned cabins, a rustic dining hall and a fully equipped and medically staffed infirmary.
Camp John Marc history
In 1984, a concerned member of the community began to research the need for a permanent camp for children with chronic illnesses. This challenge also was shared by the Junior League of Dallas, Children's Medical Center Dallas and several other organizations.
Many generous financial sponsors helped to make this dream a reality. The land was donated by Marc and Jan Myers. The name, Camp John Marc, was chosen to honor their son who died of a rare form of cancer. The first camp was held in June 1991 with 500 children attending; now more than 2,000 children attend the various camps held each summer. In addition, Camp John Marc is a model facility for other camps across the United States.
Camp Moss provides specialized counselors and medical staff to ensure the best possible camp experience for each child. Each volunteer submits to a background check and completes an interview process and several training sessions.
If you are interested in volunteering at Camp Moss or making a donation, please contact the cardiology child life specialist at Children’s Medical Center Dallas.
1935 Medical District Drive
Dallas, Texas 75235
Come with us to Camp Moss and you’ll see that heart disease can’t keep you from having fun at summer camp!
For additional information about Camp Moss, send your questions to Mellissa Myers.