CAMP DOTTY
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS CAMP DOTTY?
Founded in 1998, Camp Dotty is a unique day camp program dedicated to providing a "different kind of healing." The Camp serves children and families coping with oncology diagnoses through a week-long "summer camp'' session. Every August Camp Dotty is held in the Garden at Hasbro Children's Hospital, Providence, RI. This year's session will run ​August 7-11, 2017.
WHO CAN ATTEND CAMP DOTTY?
Patients with oncology diagnosis who are treated in the Tomorrow Fund Clinic, and their siblings, are invited to attend Camp Dotty. Children must be between the ages of 4 and 7 years old. 
CAN OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS PARTICIPATE IN CAMP DOTTY?
Immediate family members are invited and encouraged to attend the last day of Camp Dotty. Camp Dotty's Family Day will be held Friday, August 11, 2017, 9:30am-1pm in The Gerry House Lounge on the Rhode lsland Hospital campus.  Siblings of any age may attend.
 HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO ATTEND CAMP DOTTY?
Camp Dotty is free of charge, thanks to The Tomorrow Fund, Hasbro Children's Hospital's Child Life Department, and the generosity of many local donors. Meals and some camp attire are provided. 
DO YOU PROVIDE TRANSPORTATION?
Transportation is not provided. Any questions, please contact us.
WILL SOMEONE CONTACT ME IF THERE IS ANYTHING MISSING FROM MY APPLICATION?
Yes! You will be contacted once your application has been received. We will also let you know if anything is missing. If you have any questions about your application, please contact Kelsey Mullen at 401-444-5612 or kelsey.mullen@lifespan.org
HOW WILL I KNOW WHEN MY CHILD(REN) HAS BEEN ACCEPTED FOR CAMP DOTTY?
You will receive notification of acceptance 2-3 weeks prior to the start of Camp Dotty. You will receive an acceptance packet including important information regarding the Camp week, directions, and a packing list. 
DOES MY CHILD NEED TO BRING ANYTHING TO CAMP DOTTY?
Camp Dotty provides all meals, snacks, drinks and sunscreen. A menu of lunches will be provided to you in the acceptance packet. Families are encouraged to pack lunches for picky eaters. It is helpful for each child to have a backpack or bag to carry home any arts projects he/she has completed during the day. Also a jacket or sweatshirt, hat, and bathing suit for sprinkler play may be useful depending on the weather forecast. A security blanket or stuffed animal can help children who may be homesick. 
WHAT IS THE CAMP DOTTY DAILY SCHEDULE LIKE?
A day at Camp Dotty alternates between a structured activity such as a puppet show, music or arts project, and a 'free play' session in which children can choose to play different activities around the garden. We host two structured activities in the morning and two in the afternoon. Lunch is included as well as a visit inside to the library for story time between the morning and afternoon activities. 

A TYPICAL CAMP DAY SCHEDULE LOOKS LIKE THIS:

9:30 am - Sign-In in the Lower Lobby (ground floor) 

10:00 am - Morning Activites & Snack

12:30 pm - Lunch!

1:15 pm - Story Time/Rest

1:45 pm - Afternoon Activities & Snack

3:45 pm - Clean Up

4:00 pm - Pick Up Tjme/Sign-Out in the Lower Lobby (ground floor)




Contact Kelsey Mullen
Child Life Specialist/Camp Dotty Coordinator
401-444-5612
kelsey.mullen@lifespan.org  
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