SeriousFun Children’s Network

Delivering unforgettable camp experiences that have life-changing impact.


Serious fun that does serious good

Founded by legendary actor and philanthropist Paul Newman, SeriousFun Children’s Network (SeriousFun) is a global community of 30 camps and programs delivering life-changing camp and recreational experiences to children with serious illnesses and their families, always free of charge.



Making memorable experiences

In 1988, Paul Newman opened the very first SeriousFun camp, The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, in Ashford, CT, so that kids living with serious medical conditions could, in his words, “raise a little hell.” Following on the inspiration and generosity generated by that first camp, similar camps opened around the world, ultimately joining together to form SeriousFun Children’s Network.

The only organization of its kind to serve children living with more than 100 different medical conditions—including cancer, blood disorders, immunological conditions, neurological conditions, and more—SeriousFun offers children and families the opportunity to escape the everyday demands of hospital visits, doctor appointments, and treatments to experience an unparalleled opportunity for belonging and accomplishment. Since the first camp opened, SeriousFun has delivered more than 1.5 million life-changing experiences to children and families from more than 50 countries.

SeriousFun asks you to join them in creating a world where every child with a serious illness will find belonging, experience joy, and realize their full potential.

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Serving children and their families free of charge.
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Locations and sessions around the world.
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The joy of camp and crafts right in your home.
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Seriously awesome results experienced by campers and their families.
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