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Camp Catch-Ya-Breath

Camp Catch-Ya-Breath

Camp Catch-Ya-Breath is a weekend camp that helps children learn about their asthma and how to control it. Respiratory therapists, physicians, and nurses teach children about asthma, avoiding triggers, how to take medications properly and how to follow an asthma action plan. This fun-filled weekend is packed with activities such as swimming, nature hikes and crafts…all under the guidance of qualified medical personnel to ensure a safe and enjoyable environment.

The objective of Camp Catch-Ya-Breath is to help children with asthma take control and live life to its fullest. Through education and mentoring, camp staff provides children with the tools necessary to manage asthma symptoms. Specially trained respiratory therapists, physicians, and nurses provide medical supervision while also providing a fun environment for learning about asthma.

Staff of Camp Catch-Ya-Breath

Established in 2012 through a partnership between the University of Missouri Respiratory Therapy Program and Washington County Memorial Hospital in Potosi, Missouri, Camp Catch-Ya-Breath is free for children ages 7-13 with moderate to severe persistent asthma. The generosity of our sponsors allows us to eliminate the financial burden of this experience so that all children with asthma may participate.

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Camp Information

Asthma EducationWHO: Kids ages 7-13 with moderate to severe persistent asthma.
WHERE: The camp site is the beautiful YMCA of the Ozarks, 13528 State Hwy AA, Potosi, MO 63664.
WHEN: June 19-21, 2020
Registration begins at 3pm on Friday, June 19, and camper pick-up is at 11am on Sunday, June 21.


Applications will be accepted until all openings have been filled. Download the Camper Application, email or call 573-882-8034 to request an application by mail. Applications are due by May 1st.

Health Care Volunteers

Health Care Volunteer with a happy camperAre you a respiratory therapist, nurse or physician who would like to make a difference in the lives of others? Volunteer to provide supervision, asthma education, and mentorship at Camp Catch-Ya-Breath! Download our Volunteer Application or contact Sara Parker or Tammy Reed for more information.

Please note that a criminal background check is required of all volunteers.

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This camp is sponsored by:

Respiratory Therapy Student Association


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