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UOAC Ostomy Youth Camp Information

UOAC Ostomy Youth Camp Mission Statement

  • To provide an opportunity for young people aged 9-18 with consideration to emotional growth and maturity, who have ostomies or other special related needs (intermittent catheterization; urinary or bowel incontinence; internal pouch; Crohn's disease, Cecostomy Tube or Ulcerative Colitis), to attend camp and participate in camp activities under professional supervision
  • Provide formal/informal education on:
    • anatomy and physiology
    • self esteem and coping
    • sexuality
  • Encourage independence and self confidence with personal care and camp activities
  • Provide individual ET and UOAC counselling on physical and psychosocial needs


  • formal/informal education sessions
  • swimming
  • camp out
  • outdoor recreation
  • rafting
  • arts and crafts
  • dance
  • rap sessions

WHEN: Camp dates for 2014 are Sunday June 29 - Saturday July 5. We will be bringing in the kids in on Sunday so that we have an extra day of activities.

WHERE: Camp Horizon, Bragg Creek Alberta (southwest of Calgary)

WHO: Children between the ages 9 - 18 who have had or who will have bowel or bladder diversionary surgery or who have related special needs (i.e. self catheterization, bowel and bladder incontinence), due to birth defects, trauma or disease (e.g. Crohn's disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Cancer, Spina Bifida).

COST: Registration fee is $590.00/child plus airfare (transportation to and from camp, room and board are included). Note increase from last year.

CONTACT: UOAC office at

or phone 403-680-9551

APPLICATION FORMS: Available upon request from UOAC office at


Your chapter can sponsor a child to camp and give him or her an unforgettable experience. Talal, a first time camper in 2003 said "If I were to rate camp as a 1 to 10, having 10 as the highest, I would give it a 20!!"

Cecostomy Tube: Patients with fecal incontinence or chronic  constipation can use a cecostomy tube to administer an enema to evacuate (flush) the large intestines through the anus. The tube is a catheter (usually a Chiat Cecostomy tube) placed through the abdomen into the cecum, the first part of the large bowel (in the lower right abdomen). The tube needs to be changed every 6-12 months. 


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