Shriners Hospital Invites Kids to Explore their Potential at Camp Winning Hands

May 14, 2015

Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California invites children and teens with hand differences to explore their potential this summer at Camp Winning Hands.

Scheduled July 9 – 12, Camp Winning Hands is an overnight camping experience for children with congenital hand and upper limb differences that provides an opportunity for kids to play and explore in a safe environment. Activities are organized by the pediatric hand teams at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland. All activities take place at Camp Arroyo in Livermore, Calif., where camp is hosted by The Taylor FamilyFoundation.

“When treating children born with hand differences and upper limb deficiencies, it is vital that we consider both the physical and emotion needs of the patient and family,” says Michelle James, M.D., a noted pediatric hand surgeon and chief of orthopaedics at the Northern California Shriners Hospital in Sacramento.

“We use our hands to express ourselves in so many ways,” says Dr. James. “Try to imagine playing an instrument, gripping a pen, tying shoes, climbing a ladder, painting or swimming without a fully functioning hand. To most of us the challenge is unfathomable, but children can adapt when given the proper medical and emotional support.”

Activities scheduled at Camp Winning Hands this summer include the following:

  • Family Picnic (Friday, July 10): Children with hand differences and up to four family members are invited to meet fellow campers, families and counselors between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Lunch will be served.
  • Overnight Camp for Teens (July 9 -12): Teens from age 12 to 17 are invited to participate in this camping experience.
  • Overnight Camp for Kids (July 10-12): This session is for kids 7 to 11 years of age.
  • Parent Conference (July 11): This one-day conference is for parents only of children with hand differences. It will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Elks Lodge in Livermore.

For further information, please download the Camp Winning Hands brochure.

Campwinninghands2All activities are provided at no charge to participants. Reservations are required. For registration and further information contact: Janice Conroy, R.N.F.A. at 916-453-2061,, or Ginny Gibson OTD, OTR, CHT at 510-428-3885 ex 4716,                     

Shriners Hospitals for Children is devoted to transforming the lives of children through excellence in treatment, teaching and research.  Located at 2425 Stockton Boulevard in Sacramento, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California provides care to children with orthopaedic conditions, spinal cord injuries, burns, cleft lip, scars from any cause and other complex surgical needs. There are no barriers to care as admission is based on age and diagnosis.   For further information call (916) 453-2000 or go online to

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