Join HFA At Symposium 2020 in Baltimore!

You Spoke, We Listened!

Children’s programming is being refreshed for 2020! Camp Symposium for ages 6 months to 13 years old will feature enriching and exciting activities, crafts, sessions led by experts, panel discussions, physical activity and more to help our youngest community members learn and develop tools for life. Teen programming for ages 14-17 years old will be more flexible to allow teens to attend Symposium sessions or spend time with other teens in a chaperoned environment. Offsite field trips are planned for children in Kindergarten through 12th grade.

Keep an eye on this page for more information and contact with questions. More details about Symposium Camp will be shared as we confirm our exciting plans!

Dates To Remember

Online Registration Closes
Onsite Check-In
Aug. 7, 2020

*You must register your child by this date.
On-site registration for children and teens is not allowed.

Monday, Aug. 24
9am-4pm*Tuesday, Aug. 25

8:30-11am, 1-3pm*

Wednesday, Aug. 26

Drop Off Only

*Check-in times subject to change until agenda finalized. Children can be dropped off for programming starting 30 minutes before programming begins.

2020 Information

Cost: $5 per day per child or teen ($15 total for all 3 days)

Age Groups (you will be able to choose during registration):

  • 6 months – 2 years old
  • 3 years old – Pre-Kindergarten
  • Kindergarten – 2nd Grade
  • 3rd Grade – 5th Grade
  • 6th Grade – 8th Grade
  • High School (17 years old & under)

Onsite Childcare Services (for 6mos-8th Grade): We work with Accent on Children’s Arrangements for our on-site childcare services. At least 2 HFA staff members will also be assigned to Camp Symposium at all times. All volunteers are required to do a background check in order to work with children/teens.

Kids’ Programming: Camp Symposium! Children in groups 6 months to Pre-K will love doing fun, age-appropriate activities with Accent and HFA volunteers. We also have a full schedule of programming designed by HFA staff for children in grades K-8. Aligning with the Symposium theme “Charting Our Future,” kids will gain tools and knowledge to carry them into the future with sessions about genetics, clotting, mental health, and more. The children will explore their own future through art projects, business card design, a career  panel with Q&A, and more! Plus, each group will have physical activity and a “rap session” with breakout groups for patients, siblings, and kids who want bleeding disorders 101. Our days will start with homeroom to orient kids to the day’s agenda and theme, so be sure to check in early and drop them off on time each morning!

Teen Hangout: For high school-age attendees, we will have at least 1 HFA staff member and/or several volunteers in the supervised Teen Hangout room at all times. All volunteers are required to do a background check in order to work with children/teens.

Offsite Field Trips! Children in grades K-5 will be visiting Port Discovery Children’s Museum where they can reach for the sky in a four-story SkyClimber, become the captain of a giant cargo ship in The Port, and adventure through three floors of hands-on exhibits designed to teach about Baltimore, teambuilding, and science themes. Children in grades 6-8 will be visiting the National Aquarium to see exhibits featuring sharks, dolphins, fish, turtles, and habitats from the mid-Atlantic to Australia to the Amazon. High schoolers will spend an exciting day outdoors with Terrapin Adventures!

A Few Reminders:

  • If you anticipate needing HFA to chaperone or care for your child at any point, you must register your child online in advance. We will not accept on-site registration for children or teens.
  • Your registration fee ensures meaningful, safe programming for Symposium attendees of all ages. Contact HFA for discounts for families with more than four (4) children under 18 years old.
  • If you realize your child/teen is not able to attend programming after you’ve registered them, please notify us by July 30, 2020 as our caregiver ratios and other funding decisions are based on these registration numbers.
  • The agenda for Children’s Camp and the Teen Program will be handed out when you check your child in on-site. For any questions before then, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at

Ready to register your child now?

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Deadline to register: April 9, 2020

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