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Teen Support Groups – Teen Retreat

Please download the entire application and return it to the chapter by mail or fax as instructed before the deadline. If you need us to mail you the application, please call the office at 864 – 350 – 9941. Note: Transportation will be made available by charter bus or parents can drop teens off at camp. Pick up and drop off will be at the HTC- Columbia. (7 Richland Medical Park Dr. Columbia, SC 29203) More information will come once you are registered. 

August 10-13, 2023

Camp Canaan
3111 Sand Island Road
Rock Hill, SC 29732

Registration Deadline Date: July 10, 2023 

NOTE: All forms must be returned by this date!

We believe that teens have a lot to provide to the bleeding disorders community and are a wealth of knowledge for the future. We work throughout the year to provide opportunities for teens to gather and build lasting bonds, while growing their knowledge of living with a bleeding disorder personally or within their families. Most of our large events will have a teen program tailored just for their needs.

The annual teen retreat is a favorite! 

“The Carolina Crew”

BDASC and BDFNC annually provide a joint teen retreat for teen’s ages 13-18 years. This event is open for anyone ages 13-18 who has either a bleeding disorder or a sister, brother, or parent with a bleeding disorder.  An educational component is included each year on topics related to independence, job and career preparation, advocacy training, and bleeding disorders education. Fun activities are also planned to engage teens and their friends from across both states. Come spend a weekend with friends – new & old! Share your interests, passion, and ideas about how you can make a difference for yourself and in our community. Our program will include engaging activities including learning self-advocacy, sharing your story, and how to adapt to many other life-skill challenges as you learn to transition into adulthood! 

What Will we be planning?

Thursday, August 10       Arrival at camp or pick-up location – Check-in medications with BDFNC/BDASC staff

5:00pm                                      Arrival & Check-In            

6:00pm-6:30pm                       To Cabins/Multi-Purpose Room

6:30pm-7:15pm                       Dinner

7:15pm-7:30pm                       Overview & Friendly Reminders for the Weekend

7:30pm-9:00pm                       Ice Breakers & It’s Up to Us (Advocacy Kahoot and activities)

9:00pm                                     Campfire & S’mores

Friday, August 11

7:30am-8:30am                      Breakfast        

9:00am-11:30am                    Leading Edge Program

12:00pm                                   Lunch

1:00pm-3:30pm                      Leading Edge Program Continued

3:30pm-5:30pm                      Pool Pavilion/Free Time/ Basketball Courts/ Lake Time

6:00pm                                     Lakeside Dinner

7:00pm-8:00pm                      Final Leading Edge Program (Lakeside)

8:00pm-9:00pm                      Lake time                 

9:00pm                                     Ice cream extravaganza & games

Saturday, August 12

8:00am-9:00am                      Breakfast

9:00am-12:00pm                    High Ropes Course or Kayaking

12:30pm                                   Lunch

1:30pm-4:30pm                       Zipline or Kayaking                           

4:30pm-6:30pm                       Lake – Fishing & Swimming Activities/Free                                                           Time/Basketball Courts etc.(Sports Field,                                                               Basketball, Ping Pong, Ga-Ga Ball)

6:30pm                                     Dinner

7:30pm-10:30pm                    Final Activity

Sunday, August 13

8:30am                                     Breakfast

9:00am-10:00am                    Brainstorm: Ideas for Next Year!

10:00am-11:00am                  Cabin Clean-up/packing

11:30am-12:00pm                  Lunch: Box lunch to go as we depart for home

Check out the Facebook Pictures from the Carolina Crew Teen Retreat 2022!
We gratefully Acknowledge our Teen PROGRAM SPONSORS:

GutMonkey & the Leading Edge Program will be part of the education

For this year’s Leading Program, participants will explore “systems”, or the small ways in which we live our lives, and what it says about who we are and our future goals. Sourcing research and considering ideas from James Clear’s bestselling book Atomic Habits, this year’s program will look at connecting and creating community with others, identifying the current habits and systems we use and how that informs who we are, considering the difference between a “goal” and a “system”, building helpful systems to become the people we want to be, and reflecting on ways to maintain those systems as we go out into the real world. We will explore these ideas using games and community building activities that will have participants on their
feet and interacting with each other in fun and memorable ways.


GutMonkey is an adventure education company, whose mission is to provide foundational, life changing experiences for communities with chronic health conditions that improve health outcomes, build communities, dismantle stigma, and increase awareness. Through our partnerships, GutMonkey has helped more than 25,000 patients with chronic health conditions build community and improve health outcomes by creating
innovative and transformative experiences. For more than 20 years, GutMonkey has served patients, aged 7 to 70, in all 50 states and across the diagnostic spectrum of bleeding disorders and other chronic medical conditions. Gutmonkey has brought Leading Edge to the bleeding disorder community for 16 years thanks to the generous partnership and sponsorship of Pfizer. Leading Edge is an experiential education program that tackles some of the most current and pressing challenges in the bleeding disorder community through deeply engaging education programming, and was the first national program offered by GutMonkey. Leading Edge is offered to chapters as a teen program, keynote speech, parent program, and/or general session. Through games, activities, discussions, and meaningful experiences, participants are able to learn about current topics related to their bleeding disorder, consider their personal health goals and outcomes, and connect with other people in their community in a lasting and meaningful environment.

From day one, GutMonkey has been able to offer these wildly popular programs in the bleeding disorder community for free across the country. This has only been possible through the exclusive support provided by Pfizer.