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For the first time in 1997, Hungarian children with cancer visited one of the therapeutic recreation camps of the Serious Fun Network in Barretstown, Ireland. Volunteer doctors who were there as chaperones, came up with the idea of setting up a similar wonder world in Hungary, too. Due to their efforts in 2001, the first Bátor Tábor session was launched with the participation of 35 children with cancer.
Our first year’s success encouraged us to open the doors to another medical group, so for the first time in 2002, after a thorough professional preparation we began serving children with diabetes at Bátor Tábor. In 2006, there was a further expansion as far as the addressed medical groups are concerned, and children treated for JRA (Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis) were also welcomed. In 2008, for the first time we “courageously” invited children with haemophilia to our oncology sessions.
Since the very beginning we have worked closely with child healthcare centres in Hungary. Due to the contributions of hospitals, annually, 600 children with serious illnesses come to Bátor Tábor.
In the past 13 years, more than 5500 children with chronic illnesses participated in camp sessions at Bátor Tábor, all free of charge. Every summer, we receive nearly 500 children for 6 sessions. Besides that, we are working to extend the beneficial effects of the Bátor Tábor programs to the families of the children we serve. Since 2004, 4 four-day Family Camps have been organized in the autumn, and since the spring of 2009 a Sibling Camp was organized for the first time.
Since 2001, more than 3200 volunteers have joined our family, enabling the success of camp each session. Today, Bátor Tábor, with its thoroughly constructed selection and training system has become one of Hungary’s most significant organizations working with volunteers.
Since 2002, our sessions have been held on the campground of the former pioneer camp, in Hatvan, Hungary. The rebuilding of the camp was created to meet all the special needs of children received by the foundation. The first phase of the reconstruction procedure was complete in June 2007 followed by the second phase in 2010.
In acknowledgement of its professional achievements, in June 2007, Bátor Tábor was accepted as a full member of the Serious Fun Children's Network, a worldwide association of therapeutic recreation camps founded by Paul Newman. In May 2006, our camp was visited by Paul Newman himself.
Bátor Tábor became the therapeutic recreation centre of Central European for children with chronic diseases. Our first international session was organized in the summer of 2008 serving children with oncological diseases from the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia and Italy. In the international sessions of 2011 we will welcome 140 children from the surrounding countries.