SCRATCHgolf Camp Returns August 12-14, 2021!


In partnership with Cincinnati Children’s Heart Institute and the Congenital Heart Alliance of Cincinnati, Cincinnati Children’s Heart Institute patients are eligible to be considered for FREE summer golf camp that takes place in August, 2021. Participants who are accepted into this free camp will attend a 3-day SCRATCHgolf camp followed by First Tee fall program for six weeks.

Golf Camp is open to Congenital Heart Disease patients and Center for Better Health and Nutrition patients, ages 7-14. Consideration for admittance to camp is based upon review from our medical staff.

Participants must commit to a 3-day SCRATCHgolf camp. The 3-day camp will take place at Reeves Golf Course August 12-14. 2021.

  • 10am-12pm for new campers.
  • 1pm-3pm for returning campers.

All participants will also commit to the fall session of the First Tee Program which meets once a week for seven weeks following the 3-day SCRATCH camp (First Tee dates to be confirmed). Days, times and locations vary. Participants may select their preferred location during registration. For details on location and full schedule, click here.

To register for both the camp and fall session, please Click Here


SCRATCHgolf at First Tee

First Tee – GCNKY was honored to partner with SCRATCHgolf to deliver our Golf and Life Skills Program to kids/teens with Congenital Heart Defects and Disease and children identified as at risk of heart disease. Each summer since 2016, we host a 3 day camp for SCRATCHgolf kids/teens who then participate in our Golf and Life Skills program and can return to our programs through high school!

The SCRATCHgolf camp mission is to help congenital heart defect kids and children identified as at risk for future heart disease socially, mentally and physically through golf. The goal is to meet new friends, take a mental break from medical issues and learn some important life lessons through golf.

Charlie Timmel, the why behind SCRATCHgolf

In 2016, the Children’s Heart Association of Cincinnati took on one of their Trustee’s, Spencer Timmel, dream of SCRATCHgolf. Spencer, an avid golfer and dad to Charlie, who was born with a heart defect, saw a need for these kids to have a safe outlet to be active and healthy. He saw SCRATCHgolf as a way for kids who sometimes have difficulty finding friends or have learning problems and kids who are prevented from high-cardio or full contact sports to have a positive outlet to learn a sport they can safely play for the rest of their lives and build a network of family and friends experiencing the same issues.

The kickoff to SCRATCHgolf also gave Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center the opportunity to conduct research to measure how light physical activity improves the physical health of patients with congenital heart defects and also how physical and team activities can improve their mental health. And this proved to have great results.

The Heart Institute at Cincinnati Children’s in partnership with Congenital Heart Alliance of Cincinnati continues to promote this program to eligible patients and over 60 kids have taken part in SCRATCHgolf camps and First Tee – GCNKY classes. SCRATCHgolf has proven successful over their 5 years with our chapter and is now expanding to other cities in the U.S.

We are thankful for our good friends Spencer, Erin, Charlie and Ella Timmel for trusting our organization with this special program.

For more information on the golf camp and for eligibility questions, please visit golf camp website at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.



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First Tee’s Reach

Our chapter is one of many in the First Tee network. First Tee is reaching young people in all 50 states and select international locations on golf courses, in elementary schools and through other youth-serving organizations.

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