How It Works
Physicians, nurses, Child Life Specialists, horse trainers and enthusiasts, philanthropists, veterinarians, mill suppliers, tack purveyors, food service providers, landscapers, builders, other business people, and scores of caring Americans from around the country donate to the Stables their time, money, and services in a patriotic and humanitarian gesture to improve and, in some cases, save the lives of America's children facing a broad range of challenging experiences. Our patrons are indispensable in helping us fulfill our mission.
And to insure we interact with our campers in an informed and competent manner, all counselors are trained by certified Child Life Specialists. Following publicly published guidelines and protocols developed and used by Johns Hopkins Children's Center Child Life, one of the first hospitals in the nation to require its students to train with Child Life, we offer our children and their families meaningful support that can change their lives for the better.
While having fun and bonding with their new friends, our campers are barely aware of our efforts to (as found on the Johns Hopkins website):
- Ease a child's fear and anxiety with therapeutic and recreational play activities
- Advocate for family-centered care
- Engage and energize children and families by coordinating special events, entertainment and activities
- Consider the needs of siblings or other children who may also be affected by a child's illness or trauma
- Support families confronting grief and bereavement issues
- Provide education and resources for parents and members of the interdisciplinary healthcare team