a little about..

Camp Not-A-Wheeze

In a traditional camp setting asthma education is integrated with recreational camp activities. This empowers children to understand and avoid their asthma triggers, recognize warning signals of an oncoming episode, properly use their medications, and exercise control over their disease. We serve 7-14 year old children with moderate to severe asthma.

Historically, a majority of these campers would not be accepted into other camps due to the constant monitoring and medication requirements that are typically integral to asthma management. Medical volunteers can be found throughout Camp (in cabins with kids, accompanying kids to activities, teaching asthma education, and staffing the infirmary). These volunteers MUST be licensed medical professionals in order to attend.

We boast about our skilled medical direction and physician team from the Phoenix Children’s Hospital & Banner Health (Cardon Children’s Medical Center) who serve in the infirmary as the Camp Physicians. The volunteer team assures campers and parents alike that 24 hour care is ready and available to support these children.

Why us?

Look at the statistics of those who have Asthma.



Children Affected by Asthma



Arizona Youth (under 17)
Affected by Asthma




Youth with Asthma



Arizona Youth With Asthma




Worth of Asthma-related
Hospitalizations in 2014



Direct Cost Per Person
With Asthma




Average Amount of School
Days Missed For Children
With Asthma



Work Days Missed By
Adults with Asthma Anually



  • Provide children with an educational and recreational camp experience to which they typically would not otherwise have access.
  • To increase campers’ knowledge of asthma (e.g., warning signs, triggers, medications, self-management)
  • To decrease the number of camper emergency room visits and number of schools days missed due to asthma after their camp experience.
  • To increase campers’ self-esteem and improve their ability to experience a “normal” adolescence.
  • To provide resources for camper families, caregivers, and healthcare providers to ensure a more systematic and year-round asthma management and treatment plan for these youths.


Statistics of children after going to Camp Not-A-Wheeze.



(Average) Saved Per
Child After Going To
An Asthma Camp



Can Identify Their Triggers




Are More Knowledgeable
On How to Participate
In Sports Safer



Of Campers Believe
They Can Do More Even
Though They Have Asthma


In addition to these statistics, our evaluations demonstrate positive changes in asthma management, school absenteeism, medical emergencies, and incidence of social and behavioral problems.

Statistics Provided By:
Arizona Department of Health Services. The 2016 Arizona Asthma Burden Report(2016)
Fullman, R., Camp Not a Wheeze 2002- Cost Benefit Analysis. 
American Lung Association in Arizona unpublished manuscript. (2002); Kelly CS, Shield SW. et al, Outcomes analysis of a summer asthma camp.  Journal of Asthma.  5(2), 165-71, (1998).
CDC:  National Center for Health Statistics.  Asthma Prevalence, Health Care Use and Mortality: United States, 2003-05.  January 2007.