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About Us

Camp Hawkins was established in 2009 when several families of children with congenital heart defects recognized the need for their kids to know other children who have big scars and have faced similar challenges. And not just for the children with special hearts, but for their siblings as well who have to watch their brother or sister spend time in the hospital and deal with procedures and complications. What they all need is friends and fun.

Named for Dr. John A. Hawkins, one of Utah’s foremost pediatric heart surgeons who passed away in 2011, Camp Hawkins is dedicated to providing a summer camp to children whose heart helps them endure a most un-childlike childhood. For 4 days/3 nights, campers enjoy the experience of a lifetime.


Leadership Team

Camp Hawkins is run entirely by volunteers, all who have a special place in their hearts for special hearts.

Director                     Heather Griffith -

Assistant Director    Aimee Hardy -

Medical Director      Chesy Nichols

VP Arts & Crafts      Nicla Dolar -

VP Finance                Jeremy Ferre   -

Kitchen Queen          Angee Quist

Activities                   Tammy Shepherd & Chrissy Sperry

Camp Wapiti - Tooele, Utah

Camp Hawkins is hosted at Camp Wapiti located in Settlement Canyon near Tooele, Utah.   Camp Wapiti is owned and operated by the Elks Club of Utah.

There is a large lodge with a professional kitchen, communal bathrooms with showers, and 17 cabins that include bunk beds with mattresses and electricity.   The Camp also has a swimming pool, ropes course, playground, volleyball net, basketball hoop, covered pavilion, and large grassy field for activities.

There is limited cell phone service, but some internet activity is available.

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