Asthma Programs

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Camp Spinnaker is a six-day residential camp for children ages 8-12 with asthma. Priority will be given to children who require daily medication and/or who have not previously been to an asthma camp. The camp is operated by Zebra Crossings with support from a medical director specialized in pediatric pulmonary care.


How did we choose the camp name?

A spinnaker is a special type of sail that is designed specifically for sailing downwind. When the spinnaker fills with wind (like our lungs fill with air) and balloons out in front of the boat, it is called flying. Our camp aims just to do that…. Be a place that lets kids soar and reach their full potential.

Within a fun and engaging environment, the camp is designed to promote self-confidence and help campers learn to manage their own asthma.

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Overnight camp is a wonderful way to help your child connect with friends who have a common understanding of their needs. Together they can support each other in reaching their goals. With the guidance of our staff team, kids learn valuable social skills and work together in their cabins, activities, and daily interactions.

Campers will be part of cabin groups based on age and will participate in a few cabin group activities every day.

A broad range of co-ed activity choices are offered each day,including archery, arts/crafts, swimming, performing arts, sports, nature activities, and canoeing. Meals and evenings activities will be spent with the entire camp community and will be full of exciting group games, events, talent shows, and more.

In addition to all the camp activities, an extensive asthma education component is integrated in the program. All educational sessions are conducted by professional asthma educators. The curriculum is age appropriate, experiential and fun in nature.

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We believe that our participants will leave our program with:

  • Increased self-confidence and sense of independence.
  • Inspiration to live life to the fullest.
  • Desire to seek opportunities and to achieve goals.
  • Awareness to take responsibility for their own health.
  • A better understanding of asthma, triggers and medications.
  • Ability to recognize asthma symptoms and take appropriate action.

Camp Location

Camp Spinnaker is hosted by Camp Merrowvista in Center Tuftonboro, NH. This camp is accredited by the American Camp Association. Cabins have electricity and are located close together near a central bathroom. Campers are housed by gender and age group. At least one counselor will be in the cabin with additional adults in nearby cabins. For more details visit

For more details or registration information contact us at

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Zebra Crossings is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

Your contribution is tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

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