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Therapeutic recreation

Our initiative is not a summer camp in the classic sense. We aim to provide the participants with experiences, which will give them a chance to face their fears and limits. By overcoming these fears, the children are ready for further challenges, both during the camp and the ones connected to their disease. We want to bring smiles to their faces, give them strength to fight on and change their lives for the better.

We began a long time ago

Paul Newman, an actor and philanthropist, believed that after a difficult treatment in a hospital, what a child needs most is rehabilitation through laughter, happiness and adventure. Over 25 years ago, he founded the first camp in Connecticut, US. The camp became the bedrockfounding stone of the SeriousFun Children’s Network, which Bátor Tábor joined in 2007. As a result of our methodology, we help children from 32 countries, suffering from 40 different illnesses, to regain their health. Our professional approach is preparations are based on the American experience., Tand the free of charge Bátor Tábor camps isare free of charge and funded by corporate and individual donations.

Our history


  • based on the foreign model Bátor Tábor was created for the healing experience of children with cancer. The first two sessions were held for 35 Hungarian children in Budapest


  • the camp moves to the former pioneer camp in nearby the town of Hatvan, Hungary. It became our own campsite in 2005
  • the camp was opened to children with diabetes


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


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


  • we organized our first international session for Czech, Slovak and Polish children affected with cancer. It took place between 12 and 19 July, 23 Polish kids between the ages of 7 and 14 participated in it


  • we first held Sibling Camps where sick children can attend with their siblings (available for Hungarian kids)


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


  • Bator Tabor Foundation Poland was established


  • Kompania Wrażeń – the charity running project was launched in Warsaw too, in frames of which the teams and individuals were fundraising for the benefit of Polish children with cancer


  • 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 (available for Hungarian families)


  • the work of the Bátor Tábor Foundation is recognized 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 close to 1000 campers a year!


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


  • we’ve launched GO! hospital outreach Program in two hospitals in Warsaw: Centrum Zdrowia Dziecka and Instytut Matki i Dziecka. We take therapeutic recreation to kids who cannot attend camp
  • first group of GO! Volunteers was trained in March, and the second in September


  • first English speaking summer session for 68 Polish teenagers was held in July


  • in March we celebrated the 100th GO! hospital outreach Program we’re operating in Warsaw, Budapest and Bratislava.