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Girouard, Melancon & Associates


Everyone wants to feel normal - To have a sense of belonging and community - To participate in the same activities and have shared experiences with others. For the 40,000 kids born with heart conditions every year, finding others who can relate to testing, risky procedures, even open-heart surgery—sometimes more than once—can be difficult. For their families, watching a loved one struggle with the physical and emotional scars of being different while trying to make sure they’re safe and cared for presents its own unique challenges.

Camp Bon Coeur gives children with Congenital Heart Defects a traditional summer camp experience. These kids might not have had the opportunity other kids enjoy due to their health needs. Camp Bon Coeur offers a two-week residential summer program that gives these campers the opportunity to meet other kids from across the country that bear the scars of growing up with a heart defect. Camp Bon Coeur offers a two-week program that coordinated with the cardiac camper in mind. Our campers range in age from 7-16 years old and experience the BEST summer of their lives when they attend! Camp Bon Coeur is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization depending solely on monetary and in-kind contributions and services for its camp operation.

Shannon C

I recommend sending kids with heart troubles to Camp Bon Coeur because my son Lee (heart transplant recipient) said that at camp, he felt “normal again because everybody there had a scar on their chests! He loved the camaraderie and meeting other kids who had similar experiences as his! He was much happier & more self confident about life and his appearance after he attended for the 1st time!! I love this camp !!

Tami S.

Wonderful camp for kids with heart defects. A safe, loving environment where kids feel they are equal no matter the issues. My son loves going every year. Many hours of hard work behind the scenes to make camp so successful. Thank you for all you do and the impact you have on our kids.

Annette P

My daughter loves going every year she looks forward to it! Thanks so much for having a place like this for her to have some fun!