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Camp Wheez - Free Summer Day Camp for Kids with Asthma


Camp Wheez is a day camp each year in August for elementary school children, grades 1-6 with chronic asthma, providing them with a camp experience designed for their special needs. It is free of charge and open to the community. Campers learn about their asthma while they participate in recreation and arts and crafts. Parents attend a brief workshop which provides an update on asthma care and a time to have their questions answered by an asthma specialist, followed by a play presented by the children.

Dr. Myron Liebhaber founded Camp Wheez in 1977 in collaboration with the American Lung Association. Continuing today, Dr. Liebhaber, other medical professionals, and community members volunteer their time to teach children how to manage their asthma while they get to experience good old-fashioned camp fun!
(en espanol)


Download our Camp Wheez 2015 Application Packet (English) or (Spanish) Camp Wheez 2015 – Regístrese)

Download the Boys and Girls Club Application Forms (English) or (Spanish)

Download the Volunteer Application.

Camp Wheez 2015 will take place on August 10th - 14th

Campers will participate in:
 - Learning about their athma
 - Physical development activites
 - Arts & Crafts
 - Old-fashioned camp fun!

When: August 10-14, 2015, Mon-Fri 8:30 am to 12:30 pm
*extended hours available to 5:30 pm

Where: First Baptist Church, 949 Veronica Springs Road, Santa Barbara

Apply: Space is limited. Applications are available for pick up at the Sansum Clinic Allergy Department, 215 Pesetas Lane, Santa Barbara or download an application here.

Info: For more information call (805) 681-7500 x8754

Fee: Free of Charge

Parents are invited to a brief workshop which will provide an update on asthma care and a time to have their questions answered by an asthma specialist. Camp Wheez is staffed by medical professionals and community members. Space is limited. Call for an application packet soon.


*Extended Day

Location: Boys & Girls Club of Santa Barbara, Inc.
632 East Canon Perdido, Santa Barbara
(805) 962-2382
Transportation provided daily at 12:30 pm by Easy Lift
Children must be picked up at Boys & Girls Club by 5:30 pm

Limited space available!  To assure space for your child:

Complete an application for each child and return it with the $20 membership fee.

Download the Boys and Girls Club Application Forms (English) or (Spanish)

Volunteer at Camp Wheez

Students are invited to apply to be a volunteer camp counselor at Camp Wheez, day camp for elementary school children with chronic asthma.
Camp Wheez has 2 volunteer positions for students:

  • Camp counselors are high school students who help to staff the camp and guide
    the children through a variety of activities. If you are selected to be a counselor
    you will learn about asthma and health, gain experience working with children,
    earn up to 30 community service hours and have a lot of fun!
  • Camp junior counselors are junior high or middle school students who assist the
    other counselors and the staff. This position is a great opportunity to be part of
    camp, gain experience toward being a counselor in the future and have a lot of

Download the Camp Wheez Volunteer Application.

Camp Wheez is open to the community and free of charge thanks to many supporters.  A big thank you goes out to the whole team who make Camp Wheez possible.

Community Partners:

  • First Baptist Church
  • Santa Barbara Downtown Boys & Girls Club
  • Easy Lift
  • Melissa Aldecoa
  • Iris Castaneda, MD
  • Elizabeth Hollen – Cottage Health System
  • Carla Levi & Colleagues
  • Yessenia Marroquin – Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics
  • Suzanne Michaud – CenCal Health
  • Anupama Sharma, MD – Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics
  • 17 local students who serve as counselors and counselors-in-training 

Sansum Clinic Providers & Staff:

  • Jillian Cathey
  • Jinny Chang, MD
  • Oscar Colunga
  • Dru Hartley
  • Myron Liebhaber, MD
  • Elizardo Martinez
  • Rachel Martinez
  • Monica Perales
  • Jill Searchinger
  • Margaret Weiss
  • Christopher Williams
  • Carrie Yamate

Dr. Myron Liebhaber discusses current medical treatment for asthma, various allergies and cystic fibrosis, and describes his summer day camp for kids who learn how to deal with their breathing disorders while having fun in this video from Just Between Us! Interviews with Co-Hosts Actor/Director WILLIAM SMITHERS & Author/Teacher LORRIE HULL SMITHERS 

The rapid evolution of medical treatments and technologies, and soaring costs, continue to increase the challenges to healthcare today.  We rely on private support so that we may continue our commitment to the healthcare needs of our community for programs such as Camp Wheez.  If you would like to support the good health of our community by making a gift to Sansum Clinic, please click on the DONATE NOW button, or download this mail in donation form, or call us at (805) 681-7726. Thank you.

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