Camp Sea Breeze helps kids with asthma

Children with asthma can learn to safely enjoy an active lifestyle by attending Camp Sea Breeze, a weeklong asthma camp for kids ages 6 through 11, sponsored by Beaufort Memorial LifeFit Wellness Services and the Beaufort Memorial Hospital Foundation, and staffed by hospital respiratory therapists.

“Camp Sea Breeze is a day camp designed to teach children with asthma how to cope with their disease,” said Beaufort Memorial respiratory therapist Toni Rehkop. “The camp combines field trips, arts and crafts, exercise and nutrition classes, and asthma education in a fun and safe environment.”

To attend Camp Sea Breeze, children must be between the ages of 6 and 11 and be under a physician’s care for asthma.

A parent orientation will be held Monday, June 24, at 6 p.m. in suite 350-C of the Beaufort Medical Plaza at Beaufort Memorial, 989 Ribaut Road.

The camp will run from Tuesday, June 25, through Friday, June 28, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Beaufort Memorial. The cost is $25 per child, and includes lunch, snacks, materials and a T-shirt. Scholarships are available.

Camp Sea Breeze participants will learn:

• What triggers asthma attacks

• How to prevent asthma attacks

• What to do when an asthma attack occurs.

Pre-registration is required. To register call Toni Rehkop, respiratory therapist, in the BMH LifeFit Wellness Center at 843-522-5830. Through a joint effort with the YMCA, transportation will be provided for their campers from the YMCA to and from Camp Sea Breeze.

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