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The Painted Turtle
The Painted Turtle seeks to reach beyond illness... to inspire children with life-threatening diseases to become their greater selves. It is our mission to provide a year-round, life-changing environment for these children and their families - one that allows children to participate in an authentic camp experience by supporting their medical needs and offers their families care, education and respite.

Program Emphasis Gender Type Of Stay Location
Cerebral Palsy
Crohn's Disease
Multiple Sclerosis
Muscular Dystrophy
Physical Disabilities
Spina Bifida
Resident Camp
Lake Hughes, CA
Average Cost Financial Assistance Age Range Capacity
Less Than $100 (week) Yes 6 - 17 135
About Financial Assistance
Camp is free of charge for all campers!
Session Lengths Food/Nutritional Notes:
Less Than 1 Week
8 Week Session
9 Week Session
The Painted Turtle works closely with our camper families to meet the dietary needs of each camper.
Session Information
2014 Camp Calendar

Liver Disease and Transplant & TPN Family Weekend: Feb. 28-March 2
Special Diagnoses Family Weekend: March 14‐16
Rheumatic Disease Spring Family Weekend: March 28‐30
Inhibitor Family Weekend: April 11‐14

Summer Sessions
Skeletal Dysplasia and Mucopolysaccharidosis: June 13-18
Kidney Disease and Transplant: June 22‐27
Special Diagnoses: July 1-5
Rheumatic Diseases: July 9-14
Crohn’s and Colitis: July 19-24
Hemophilia/vWD and Thalassemia: July 28-August 2
Liver Transplant, Primary Immunodeficiency Disease,
and Total Parenteral Nutrition: August 6-10
Sibling: August 14-18

Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases Family Weekend: September 26‐28
Asthma and Allergy Family Weekend: October 10‐12
Rheumatic Disease Fall Family Weekend: October 24-26
Kidney Disease and Transplant Family Weekend: November 7‐9
Spina Bifida and Paraplegia Family Weekend: November 21‐23
Camper Holiday Gathering: December 6
More About Camp
The Painted Turtle is the sixth addition to Paul Newman's family of Serious Fun Camps for children with chronic medical conditions. It is also the only multi-disease camp and family care center of its kind on the West Coast. Through educational, therapeutic, safe, and just plain fun summer camp and year-round programs, The Painted Turtle provides a life-changing experience to children whose daily struggles often diminish both their desire to be well and their ability to lead a rich, productive life.

The Painted Turtle offers an exhilarating, challenging, and nurturing array of traditional summer camp recreational activities, seamlessly intertwined with programs that inspire children to become more self-confident and self-reliant, as well as more cooperative with their medical caregivers. There is a strong healing potential in the lessons children learn and the friendships they form at The Painted Turtle.
Activities & Features

Academic Science

Outdoor Activities Ropes Course
Rock Climbing

Performing Arts Dance

Land Sports Horseback Riding

Water Sports Swimming

Arts and Crafts Woodworking

Other Activities The Painted Turtle designs all of its activities with the child's medical needs in mind.

Web Address


Winter Address Summer Address
17000 Elizabeth Lake Rd.
P.O. Box 38
Lake Hughes, CA, 93532 USA
661-724-1768 x202 (tel.)
661-724-1566 (fax.)
17000 Elizabeth Lake Rd.
P.O. Box 38
Lake Hughes, CA, 93532 USA
661-724-1768 (tel.)
661-724-1566 (fax.)
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