IDF Teen Escape is a weekend getaway exclusively for teens, ages 12-18, who have been diagnosed with primary immunodeficiency diseases (PI). During the weekend, IDF helps teens develop coping skills, promote and nurture friendships and provide educational guidance. While the teens are taking advantage of entertaining and educational activities, parents participate in sessions geared toward their own issues and concerns.
In addition to an opportunity to network with other teens who have been diagnosed with a primary immunodeficiency, teens participate in fun activities and develop skills to help manage their disease. With an ever-evolving, age-appropriate curriculum, medical and life skill experts present invaluable information for teens with PI. Everyone benefits from learned question and answer sessions.
Parental sessions teach coping and PI management skills. They also offer priceless question and answer time with medical professionals, life skill professionals, IDF Teen Council members, and mentors.
IDF Teen Escape provides a program in which teen patients and their families can relax, learn, have fun, and connect in a setting away from the familiarity of day-to-day medical concerns. IDF Teen Escapes are held in cities across the country.
The Weekend Offers
- Fun activities to build leadership skills and develop coping abilities
- Presentations from medical and life skills experts
- Dave & Buster's for dinner and games
- Separate sessions just for parents
IDF Teen Escape FAQ's
What time do IDF Teen Escapes start?
A kick-off breakfast is scheduled for teens and parents at 9:00 AM on Saturday. The weekend concludes at 12:30 PM on Sunday.
Can family members attend?
A parent or guardian must accompany teens with PI. One hotel room will be reserved for each family. Separate sessions are scheduled for parents.
What fun activities will be offered?
A variety of fun, educational and safe activities onsite at the hotel, plus a teen outing to Dave & Buster's for dinner and gaming on Saturday evening.
What is the cost?
IDF Teen Escape is available at no cost for attendees; however, it requires a $50 deposit to reserve your space. Registration covers your hotel room for Saturday night, meals (Saturday breakfast, lunch and teen dinner, Sunday breakfast and lunch) and all programs. The deposit is refunded after you attend. Based on financial need, families may request that the $50 deposit be waived.
Live more than 100 miles away?
If you need lodging the night before the event because you live at least 100 miles away from the hotel, scholarships, based on financial need, may be available. To request a lodging scholarship, contact IDF at email@example.com.
If you do not attend the weekend after registering, your $50 deposit will not be refunded.
Questions about IDF Teen Escape? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the teen section of our website for more information and resources for teens and parents.
IDF Teen Escapes are supported by charitable donations from CSL Behring, Shire, Grifols, Horizon Pharma, AmerisourceBergen Corporation.