Camp Cosmos

Looking forward to our 4th annual Summer Camp, planned for Saturday, July 31st, 9AM – 1ish PM PST/11 AM -3ish PM CT, and Sunday, August 1st (time TBD). We are planning for both virtual AND in-person options, following all safety guidelines. Stay tuned for more information!

International Face Equality Week 2021 is May 17th-24th!

The theme is “Make Face Equality a Reality”, with the goal of amplifying the voices of those with direct experience of disfigurement and advocating for change across schools, businesses, communities, etc. Inspired by this, the theme for Summer Camp will be “Speak Up & Act Out!” Through guest speakers, fun therapist-led activities and discussions, we hope to empower attendees to share their experiences, address negative stereotypes or perceptions, and advocate for themselves.

Special Thanks to Title Sponsors!

Thrilled to partner with 3 special San Diego restaurants, which have chosen to help bring smiles to kids by partnering with and supporting Camp Cosmos!

Camp Cosmos is a day camp that benefits children with physical differences and their families. We are based in San Diego but welcome all families. The COVID-19 outbreak has forced us to make our Camp events virtual for the time being. However, we have happily come to realize that “going virtual” facilitates participation from families across the USA and Mexico and fosters more sharing and deeper connections among participants! Camp Cosmos takes place once in the summer and once in the winter.

The goals of Camp Cosmos are:

  • to provide positive, confidence-building experiences for these children and facilitate connections and bonding among them

  • empower their families to build a network of support among each other and with their treatment teams in a safe, fun, and judgement-free environment.

Camp Cosmos includes games, arts & crafts, and play-based therapeutic activities for kids to promote self-esteem and self-empowerment, and therapist-guided group discussions for adult family members.  We also bring in guest speakers who discuss their experiences living with visible differences and special needs, and healthcare specialists to address families’ specific questions and concerns.

Camp is:

    • Spanish friendly

    • Free of cost to all participants

    • Staffed and facilitated by family therapists, nurses, social workers, physicians, and other appropriate specialists from Rady Children’s Hospital and other local health institutions.

To learn about our shorter and more frequent Family Meet-Ups, click here

Register for Camp Cosmos

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In 2021, Camp Cosmos will take place TWICE! 

31jul9:00 am1:00 pmVirtual Camp Cosmos 2021Camp Cosmos

11dec10:30 am2:30 pmHolidays with Camp Cosmos 2021

Meet our Camp Cosmos Team!

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Dr. Amanda Gosman

What is your favorite thing about Camp Cosmos?

Learning from each other and laughing together.

If you could have ANY super power, what would it be and why?

Change the speed of time so I could slow down the great parts and speed up the not great parts.

Who/what inspires you the most in your life?

My patients, definitely!

What do you enjoy doing most in your free time?

Spending time with my daughter enjoying the outdoors.

Cashel Gaffey

What is your favorite thing to do in your free time?

I love to spend my days off outside in my hammock, hanging out with my cute little kitten Clover, or at the beach watching gorgeous San Diego sunsets.

If you could have ANY super power, what would it be and why?

If I could have any super power it would be to speak any language, so that I could communicate with anyone, anywhere in the world!

Who/what inspires you the most in your life?

I am constantly inspired by the children and families that I meet through ConnectMed and Camp Cosmos.

What is your favorite thing about Camp Cosmos?

My favorite thing about Camp Cosmos is getting to know all our families on a more individual level, by sharing stories and personal experiences.

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Dr. Azmaira Maker

What is your favorite thing about Camp Cosmos?

Learning about the children’s real-life experiences.

If you could have ANY super power, what would it be and why?

Making this a kind and loving world for all life forms.

Who/what inspires you the most in your life?

Kindness, patience, and generosity. 

What do you enjoy doing most in your free time?

I love going to the beach, snorkeling, swimming with wild-life, traveling, and cooking.

Rita Albert

What is your favorite thing about Camp Cosmos?

Of course it has to be hearing when kids say they look forward to it all year! 🙂

If you could have ANY super power, what would it be and why?

Shape shifting – so I could see the world from a bunch of different perspectives

Who/what inspires you the most in your life?

Ah well not so much one person but a village – my “tribe” of smart, funny, thoughtful women friends!

What do you enjoy doing most in your free time?

Either exercise (hike, bike, swim) or sleep, depending on my mood!

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TESTIMONIAL

Camp Cosmos was the first community event we have ever found for kids with craniofacial differences.  My son had been embarrassed of his scar. He didn’t want people to see it or know about it…After Camp Cosmos he really bloomed.  All day at camp he kept saying “Mom, look, he/she has a scar just like mine!” He had so much fun, felt so special and a part of a bigger group…The kids helped each other, nobody pointed at his scar or whispered.  For me, it meant a lot to know that I wasn’t alone. The parents who were there had been through what we have. They know what it’s like to sit beside your child’s bed in the hospital, to hardly sleep through recovery and worry about peer judgments and self esteem.  We are strong for our kids but it’s traumatic for us too. It was a powerful day for us.

– Proud Parent

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