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About Us

We change lives in Bátor Tábor. Our camps are free for all participants, and to keep things this way, we need the support and the help of companies and foundations. We believe ineffective and mutually valuable non-profit–corporare partnerships and in the importance of transparent and sustainable financial operation. The trust we are honoured with by our corporate partners over the years is of tremendous value for us. That is why we take it so seriously.

Mission Statement

Our camp is not a summer camp in the classical meaning of the term. We place children outside of their comfort zones through special experiences.
By overcoming their fears, they recognise their readiness to confront not only the challenges involved in their adventures, but also their illness. We put smiles on their faces; we give them power for their struggle.

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Therapeutic Recreation

Bátor Tábor returns cancer-afflicted and chronically ill children to their carefree childhoods. Our camp is not a summer camp in the classical meaning of the term. We place children outside of their comfort zones through special experiences. By overcoming their fears, they can recognise that they are ready to confront not only the challenges involved in their adventures, but also their illness. We put smiles on their faces; we give them power for their struggle. We change lives

We started long time ago

Our past and international name is associated with Paul Newman. The actor believed that after difficult treatment in a hospital, children could be rehabilitated the most successfully with smile, amusement and adventures. Paul Newman established a camp in the American state of Connecticut 25 years ago, and it became the basis for the SeriousFun Children’s Network, which we have been members of since 2007. With the method we use today children are recovering from 40 illness groups in 32 countries. While the professional background of our work comes from the United States, the free camping for children is funded by corporate and individual donations.

1997

  • the first group of Hungarian children visited a therapeutic recreation camp in Ireland

2001

  • based on the foreign model Bátor Tábor was created for the healing of children with cancer

2002

  • the former pioneer camp in nearby the town of Hatvan, Hungary became our own campsite
  • the camp was opened to children with diabetes

2006

  • the camp accepted children with chronic childhood arthritis as well
  • Paul Newman visited Bátor Tábor

2007

  • renovation of the camp in Hatvan began, the children’s accomodations,medical building and main building were built
  • we became a member of the SeriousFun Children’s Network which brings together therapeutic recreation camps

2008

  • we organised our first international session for Czech, Slovak and Polish children suffering from cancer

2009

  • we first held Sibling Camps where sick children can attend with their siblings

2010

  • the second phase of the camp’s reconstruction and accomodation for volunteers are completed

2011

  • for the first time we planned two Sibling Camps for children with diabetes and cancer

2013

  • a new kind of camp was established, the Lélekmadár Tábor (Bereavement Camp) which offers a helping hand to families which lost a child due to severe illness

2014

  • the work of the Bátor Tábor Foundation is recognised with the Astellas Prize by the national healthcare profession
  • the new bridge and roads around the lake are completed
  • our buildings become air-conditioned
  • we reached our dream target: we accepted more tha 1,000 campers a year

2015

  • the first English language international session launched with foreign volunteers
  • the indoor horse-riding arena was completed, so that we can hold horse-riding sessions even in bad weather