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The Pediatric Cardiology Center of Oregon is proud to announce that we will be co-sponsoring a children’s heart camp in cooperation with Doernbecher Children’s Hospital called Merry Heart Children’s Camp. The camp is scheduled to open in the summer of 2016. The camp will host 48 children, 24 boys and 24 girls, ages 9 to 14 who have undergone open heart surgery. We will be asking campers to register starting in early 2016.


We are limited to 48 campers: 24 boys and 24 girls. Campers with heart conditions should be between the ages of 9 and 14 (prior to August 21, 2016). Campers will be accepted to camp as applications are received and reviewed.  Each camper must meet the following criteria: 


  • Heart conditions must be the primary health concern of the child.
    • The child has a basic knowledge of their heart condition.
  • The child must independently manage their daily routine.
    • Be self-sufficient in caring for hygiene, toiling and eating needs.
  • The child is seen by a pediatric cardiologist on a regular basis.
    • If the child is seen every two or three years, a summer camp physical will be accepted by the child’s primary care physician.
  • The child has the ability to participate and engage in team-based activities.
  • The child demonstrates nonviolent behavior, follow the rules, i.e. staying with buddy/group leaders at all times.
  • Be able to stay overnight for four nights.


If the child has any other illnesses, disabilities (physical or developmental), or other health problems, Merry Heart Children’s Camp will review those files on an individual basis and determine if the child will be accepted to camp.


The cost for camp is $550.00, but the only charge to the camper is a nonrefundable registration fee of $50.00.

We would like to encourage any families who are in the position to pay the full camper fee or in between the $50.00 registration fee to the full amount, please do so.  Every dollar donated will help. Your support/donation will help Merry Heart Children’s Camp and the campers who may not be able to pay more.  Thank you.


2016 Camper Application

Submit your camper’s application and payment to:

Merry Heart Children’s Camp

P.O. Box 80413

Portland, OR 97280

Click to Download Application →


Click to Download Parent Information Packet →

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