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From 2007, more than 30,000 people - both children and their families - have laughed, played and challenged their own limits with Dynamo Camp’s Recreational Therapy. Dynamo Camp, which was founded in 2007, is a non-profit organisation and Italy’s first Recreational Therapy camp. It is a place where children and young people from 6 to 17 years of age with serious and chronic illnesses can go to enjoy their holidays and leisure time completely free of charge.
The Camp also offers programmes aimed at the entire family, inspired by the knowledge that a serious illness affects not just the child but the whole family.
Additionally, children who are in recovery or unable to travel for health reasons can participate in outreach projects, off-site recreational therapy which includes Radio Dynamo, the online radio station dedicated specifically to them which is found at the Camp, in hospitals, at home or anywhere else via the internet. Some 4,000 children benefited from the outreach projects in 2017 alone.
Radio Dynamo, launched in 2010 with artistic support from Radio DeeJay and technological support from TIM, has always aimed to reach as many children as possible - bringing the positive energy of the Camp to them all, thanks to the internet.

But the Dynamo Camp story started long ago in Tuscany, against a geographical backdrop of unspoilt natural beauty, and has its roots in the international experience of the SeriousFun Children's’ Network.
Launched in 1988 by Paul Newman, who founded the first camp in Connecticut, USA, this network - conceived specifically for sick children - now has 30 sites worldwide.
Thanks to adequate medical support, all SeriousFun camps are able to accept children affected by serious illnesses such as cancer and cardiological, neurological, genetic and metabolism-related problems.
And the positive effects of these organisations specialising in Recreational Therapy for children are very evident, as confirmed by research carried out by Yale University in collaboration with SeriousFun. The study revealed that the parents of participating children and young people report an increase in their children's self-esteem, a growing sense of independence and greater interest in social activities after their time spent at Camp.
The same study reports that the combination of positive dynamics that are established during this experience, including friendship and the development of enhanced interpersonal skills, contribute to the children’s resilience - in other words their ability to deal with and manage the impacts of the medical conditions with which they live.