Our programs are more than just fun. They’re purposefully designed to foster independence, resilience and personal growth, helping children to see beyond the limits of their medical conditions and experience all that life can offer.
This is SeriousFun
Together, we empower children with serious illnesses and their families to reimagine what is possible by creating inclusive camp and recreational experiences, inspiring confidence and joy, and building community and connection.
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Truly a global network, we reach beyond borders and beyond the limitations of illness.
How the Fun Began
More than 30 years ago, Paul Newman started a free camp where kids could escape the fear and isolation of their medical conditions and, in his words, “raise a little hell.” This remarkable concept sparked a quiet movement, and that one camp launched a global network. Today, there are 30 camps and programs serving the needs of children and families around the world.
A History of Fun
1988Paul Newman opens The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp for children with serious illnesses in Ashford, CT. A generous vision of creating a fun, safe environment for children of all circumstances and backgrounds finally became a reality.
1994Following in the footsteps of The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp and Double H Ranch in NY, and with the generous donation of a 500-acre estate from the Irish Government, Barretstown in Ireland becomes the first camp outside of the US.
2008After an earlier trip to Africa, Paul’s global vision is realized when SeriousFun launches its global Partner Program, providing culturally applicable programs that excite and empower children around the world.
2012SeriousFun Children’s Network unveils its new brand name and logo, uniting Paul Newman’s global family of camps and programs.
2017Since the first camp opened in 1988, SeriousFun has delivered more than ONE MILLION life-changing camp experiences to children living with serious illnesses and their families, always free of charge.
Our camps are more than just fun — they’re life changing. The moments created at camp have improved self-esteem, social skills and more. It’s true. SeriousFun makes a difference!