Camp Cell-A-Bration Next Level or Camp Next Level is the premier transition camp for teens and young adults aged 15-19. Transitioning from pediatric to adult care often comes with a host of issues and concerns including inadequate patient education, lack of medical home placement, a lack of career or college preparedness and a sense of being tossed into an abyss. Research has found that the sickle cell disease transition population (specifically ages 16-25) are in critical need of transition services to have a successful and safe transition to adult care. Luckily, the Sickle Cell Association of Texas Marc Thomas Foundation has over 21 years experience in providing transition services. In addition to our transition services which includes medical referrals, medical home placement, career counseling, mental health counseling and others, we also have a specifically tailored transition camp called Camp Next Level. At this fun and intense educational boot camp teens will be prepared for transitioning as adults with sickle cell disease. Disease education and maintenance, medical referrals, communication techniques with health professionals, medical independence, pain management techniques including yoga, college preparation and educational tools will be provided for all those that attend. This is an event you do not want your teen to miss!
Camp Next Level is a three-night, four-day intense transitional program held every March. NEW DATES: Friday, March 12th through Sunday, March 14th.
Camp Next Level will be entirely virtual due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Teenagers ages 15-19 with sickle cell disease may attend Camp Next Level.
No, teenagers are not automatically accepted into Camp Next Level (i.e. first come first served). In reviewing applications, we will look at a variety of factors to determine a teen’s eligibility. We still encourage parents to turn applications in early! Spots do fill fast.
Camp Next Level is FREE for teenagers with sickle cell disease! Only a $30 non-refundable application fee must be paid with your application form. This application fee must be paid by cashier’s check, cash, money order or online ONLY, checks will NOT be accepted and your registration forms will be rejected. Before February 22, the application fee is $30, after February 22 the application fee is $45. However, it costs this small agency $385 to send a teen to camp. If you are able to pay or partially pay (or ask friends or family) for your teen to attend camp the donation will be tax deductible and greatly appreciated.
Please pay your application fee here.
Camp is FREE for transitioning teenagers with sickle cell disease. As most of our families are economically disadvantaged, we do not want to turn a teen down because of his/her inability to pay. We are asking for your support in sponsoring a child for Camp! It costs about $385 to send a teen to Camp Next Level. Please consider making a donation or sponsoring a child for this worthy cause!
Please give a donation here.
We are in need of educational and other supplies including: water, snacks, tablets, backpacks, heating pads, spirals, pens, medical literature, brochures, health passports and other supplies. Please contact us at (512) 458-9767 and we can schedule to pick up your donation.