Koda's Kamp Established
Free camp for siblings of medically dependent children
Published June 21, 2012 @ 10:29 a.m.
Koda’s Kamp, a free camp for siblings of medically dependent and special needs children, will be held in Floydada, TX, August 9-11. Established by the local non-profit, Brynne’s Smiles, the camp provides a setting where the siblings of children who face many challenges can “just be kids.” Travel assistance is available. The camp is limited to the first 50 applicants; however, there are still openings for campers to attend.
“Koda's Kamp was the idea of Koda Bigham, age 6. Koda is the older brother of Brynne, who has several serious medical needs,” Maggie Bigham, mother of Koda and Brynne, explained. “Siblings of medically dependent children (MDCs) experience life lessons that most adults have trouble grasping.”
“Koda, like many siblings of MDCs and children with special needs, has learned to aid in taking care of his sister, can understand medical terminology, has gained the ability to adapt to stressful situations and most of all, to understand when he might not get to have all of the mommy/daddy time he wants and deserves,” Bigham
Explaininig how the idea for Koda’s Kamp evolved, Bigham said, “Koda was watching TV with our family as a news cast explained a sick child was receiving a gift. He asked us ‘What about all the brothers and sisters of all the sick kids?’ Not understanding what he was trying to ask, we asked him what he meant. ‘I bet they'd like to get to do something fun, don't you?’ he said. ‘Yes’ was our answer.”
“After discussing several of his ideas (including a big game hunt for lots of kids, which scared us half to death!), Koda approved the lower-key idea of a camp where siblings of medically dependent children can relax and enjoy just being a kid.”
For more information or to register for Koda’s Kamp, visit www.kodaskamp.org.