Hematology and Oncology Summer Camps for Kids and Teens and Their Siblings
View a detailed listing of 2014 Summer Camp Opportunities (pdf)
The experience of going to camp can be an incredibly important one for children and teens with cancer. It often gives opportunities to meet others their own age who share similar experiences. Many times even children in treatment can have the opportunity to go to camp because the doctors and nurses realize how important it is for our patients.
Sharon Frierdich, NP, with the Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant program explains, "Camp is an important experience for children and teens with cancer. The camp experience provides a sense of freedom and independence in an environment staffed by skilled volunteers and health professionals. Children and teens can share their unique feelings with other campers who are "like them" and are living with cancer. The special relationships that are formed and the challenges experienced can have a lifetime impact."
Kasey Davis, Health Psychologist echoes Frierdich's comments, "Camp is a nice opportunity for socialization that is filled with fun, creativity, and learning, all in a medically safe environment. It can normalize experiences and decrease feelings of social isolation by offering an atmosphere full of other kids and teens that are living with cancer. The positive memories and friendships developed will last long after the camping experience."
Summer Camp Opportunities
Camp Hozhoni Weekend
*Formerly held in association with the American Cancer Society
*Co-sponsored by the Friends of Oshkosh, Inc.
Wisconsin Lions Camp- Rosholt, WI (Stevens Point Area)
September 5-7, 2014
A weekend camp for children with cancer and their families. [18 and under]
A unique experience and opportunity for families who have a child or adolescent with cancer in a camp-like environment, parents and children gather with caring professionals and volunteers for a weekend of workshops, family/group activities, water sports and great fun Provides opportunities for families touched by cancer to share feelings, experiences and hopes with other families
No Cost. Transportation (busing) also available
Camp Angel and Camp Teen Angel
Angel on My Shoulder
*Presented through co-partnership with Marshfield Clinic
Camp Luther in Three Lakes, WI
1889 Koubenic Rd. 54562
Camp Angel is for children ages 8-12 who are experiencing cancer through a loved one.
Camp Teen Angel is for teens ages 13-15 who are experiencing cancer though a loved one.
Unique support camps designed to address the needs of young people affected by cancer through: parent, sibling or grandparent or experienced the loss of a loved one through cancer. Provides opportunity to meet others like them in a well-supervised atmosphere of love and acceptance, knowing their pain is understood.
Online at www.angelonmyshoulder.org
Or print application and mail to:
P.O. Box 747
St. Germain, WI 54558
No Cost. Transportation (busing) also available
Various programs from May-July
Camp Sunshine provides respite, support, joy and hope to children with life-threatening illnesses and their immediate families. The camp allows children to relax and enjoy the simple pleasures of childhood.
Free! Each family is sponsored by an individual, civic group, corporation, or foundation, which enables a family to spend a week at Camp Sunshine free of charge.
Children's Oncology Camp Foundation
Various programs from May-September
Camp Mak-A-Dream offers a variety of programs for children, teens and young adults affected by cancer. Campers will find it is much more than a week of fun in Montana. At camp, the difficulties of a life affected by cancer are left behind, replaced by unexpected delights: comfort, friendship, security, achievement, serenity, to name just a few. As if all this weren’t reason enough, camp programs are offered free of cost, thanks to independent donors and other sources of funding. On-site medical team available to administer advanced treatment as participants are going through various stages of treatment.
July 26-August 1, 2014
Unique experience for young children in various stages of cancer therapy, and connect with others facing similar challenges. Designed to give children a week of normalcy and a chance to make new friends, try new things and experience fun camp activities
July 1-7, 2014
Classic summer camp experience with agenda that suits older kids Our goal is to give teenagers, in various stages of cancer therapy, a chance to feel normal and build self-esteem. Activities include swimming, art projects, fishing, archery, the climbing wall, high ropes course and cabin chat discussions and some educational sessions as well.
July 10-15, 2014
For kids and teens that have lost a brother or sister or a parent with cancer. Opportunity to connect with others within their own peer group who may share similar changes and challenges. Campers from all over the United States and Canada.
YAC- Young Adult Conference * Outdoor Experience
June 10-16, 2014
Opportunity for young adults with cancer to connect with peers who are going through similar experiences. Meet new people, learn, discuss, share and grow through combination of educational and recreational activities. Chance to hike, ride horses, visit historical sites, campouts, etc.
Other Camp Opportunities
Ovarian Cancer Retreat
May 1-5, 2014 and again September 4-8, 2014
For women diagnosed with ovarian cancer
Heads Up Conference
June 19-25, 2014
For young adults diagnosed with a brain tumor
Teen Heads Up Conference
August 4-10, 2014
For teenagers diagnosed with a brain tumor
P.O. Box 1450
Missoula, Montana 59806
Online at www.campdream.org/programs
No Cost. Come transportation costs may apply.
First Descent Program
FDi - Current Patients
FD1 - Intro (18-39)
FD2 - After FD1
FDX - Xtreme
At First Descents, we define our lives by the depth of our friendships, the adventures we live and the moments of laughter, peace, fear and humility we experience. We’re fueled by the feeling of standing up on a surfboard for the first time, paddling through whitewater and topping out on a climb, always surrounded by friends who feel more like family. So what’s stopping you? Drop in! Do something crazy! Surprise yourself, friends and your family. Redefine what it means to really live your life on your terms.
Contact and Application
Learn more about the levels and the one best for you at: www.firstdescents.org/programs
Various dates June-August
The Imus Ranch, Ribera, New Mexico
A working cattle ranch for children suffering from cancer and serious illnesses. If you have received treatment for childhood cancer or have a blood disease (and do not have a central line or port), then we invite you to try the Great American Cowboy Experience!
Phone: (575) 421-4687
Free, even the airfare
Various dates May-October
Metropolis Resort and Hotel, Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Joshua's Camp serves families that have a child 17 years of age or younger being treated for cancer.
Joshua's Camp is the realization and celebration of a wish Joshua Holm made before he lost his battle with cancer in 2008. A family going through the every day ordeal of cancer needs a place where everyone can just smile, laught, have fun and remember what it's like to really be a family again. Fun-filled activities include indoor/outdoor adventures, horsing around, "date night" for mom and dad, pizza parties and more.
Phone: (715) 514-1485, or (239) 246-7530
Families must be referred to Joshua's Camp by an Oncology professional and have medical clearance.
Free of charge, including meals and lodging
NF Camp - Children's Tumor Foundation
Camp Kostopulos, Emigration Canyon, UT
Camp K caters to individuals with special needs and provides a wide array of recreational activities on-site accommodating all ages and abilities. Camp K is nestled in 25 beautiful acres in the canyons just outside Salt Lake City.
Patrice Pancza, email@example.com
Phone: (212) 344-7291
Deadline to apply is June 18. Visit the camp's website for application details.
$650, plus transportation to Salt Lake City airport. Scholarships are available.
One Step at a Time Camp
Williams Bay, WI (Lake Geneva area)
A variety of camp opportunities for cancer patients, survivors, siblings and parents. When a child has cancer, summer camp may seem like one more thing that the child has to give up. At One Step at a Time (OSAAT) camp, children with cancer have a chance to experience a week or two of carefree fun with other kids facing similar challenges. A variety of fun and exciting camp activities for different ages. Campers enjoy swimming, arts and crafts, games in a safe environment. All participants are required to have health insurance. Camps vary on participation requirements.
One Step at a Time Summer Camps
Cancer Patients and Survivors
Week 1: July 5-12, 2014
Week 2: July 12-19, 2014
- Standard Camp
Well-rounded, traditional camp experience all about fun and friendship
- Stepping Up
Offers pre-teen campers a chance to demonstrate independence and challenge themselves in new ways
- All-Camp Experience
Allows campers to design their own camp experience where they can choose from several specialized activities
For teen adventurers - live, eat, learn and play outdoors
Designated for campers with love of travel and adventure
- Water Sports
For campers with a strong interest in SCUBA diving and other aquatic activities
For young adults who want to learn leadership skills and experience excellence and challenge at every level (EXCEL)
Brain Tumor Family Camp
All family members
August 21-24, 2014
Aurora University in Williams Bay, WI
Provides an enjoyable break for families who have a child diagnosed with cancer, while also addressing unique needs. Panel discussion is offered that focuses on topics important to these families.
September 27 - October 4, 2014
Woodside Ranch Mauston, WI
Gives campers a chance to have an authentic experience like no other - living, working and participating in ranch life. Campers learn horsemanship, as they brush, saddle, and they ride 2-3 times a day. Campers with all levels of experience from those who have never touched a horse to experienced riders.
George Williams Campus/Aurora University
Sibling camp is designed exclusively for children who have a sibling with cancer and is a a great opportunity for children to bond with peers who understand what it is like to have a sibling with cancer. Games, activities, campfires, music and more. Suggested tuition is $25. Contact: Mary Ann Lebel at firstname.lastname@example.org
Apply for all OSAAT Camps
Online at http://www.onestepcamp.org/programs/summer-camp
All camper forms must be completed and fees should be mailed to:
Children's Oncology Services, Inc.
213 W. Institute Place, Suite 511
Chicago, IL 60610
Suggested tuition for Summer Camp is $100/week plus a $5 registration fee. No child has ever been turned-away due to inability to pay.
The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp
June - August, 2014
Session Information 2014
Session 1: June 4-10 - General Session
Session 2: June 13-19 - General Session
Session 3: June 22-28 - Sickle Cell
Session 4: July 2-8 - Immunology
Session 5: July 11-17 - General Session
Session 6: July 20-26 - Sickle Cell
Session 7: July 30-Aug 5 - General Session
Session 8: Aug 8-Aug 14 - General Session
Session 9: Aug 17-Aug 23 - Brother/Sister
Sessions 1-8 are devoted to seriously ill children ages 7-15 with a diagnosis of malignancy, genetic blood disorder, or HIV (although under special circumstances, the program may interpret these medical conditions broadly.) Session 9 is devoted to the siblings of children with life-threatening illnesses or conditions.
While preference is given for children who reside in New England, New York and New Jersey, other children or groups from other geographic areas are included when possible; and/or children who are medically unable to attend any other camp.
Founded in 1988 by Paul Newman, The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp is a nonprofit year-round center serving children and their families coping with cancer, sickle cell anemia and other serious illnesses. Through summer sessions and family weekend programs at the Camp in Ashford, Connecticut, and year-round outreach to hospitals and clinics throughout the Northeast, the Camp will serve more than 20,000 children and family members in 2012. Through our signature summer program we host more than 1,000 children at nine sessions.
Online at www.holeinthewallgang.org
All services are free of charge
Flying Horse Farms
Various dates April-October
Mt. Gilead, OH
For a week at a time, being sick takes a backseat to simply being a kid. We've designed every detail of the camp experience to include all children and to foster a sense of pride, accomplishment and freedom. Flying Horse Farms is where children with serious illnesses come to experience the magic of camp.
For campers with Hematologic diseases including Sickle Cell, bleeding disorders, anemias, and cancer currently in treatment or in remission. Camps are also available for children with medical conditions include heart conditions, gastrointestinal disorders, asthma, arthritis and auto-immune disorders.
Online at flyinghorsefarms.org/camp/how-to-enroll
North Star Reach Ranch
Camp operations are scheduled to begin in 2015
North Star Reach is a non-profit organization located on 105 acres in Pinckney, Michigan. As a provisional member of the SeriousFun Children's Network founded by Paul Newman, the camp will serve children with chronic and life-threatening health challenges free of charge.
We serve a wide range of kids and their families.
Online at northstarreach.org
Various dates March-September
Babler Outdoor Education Center, Wildwood, Missouri
To enable children to have a "normal" camping experience, regardless of their illness or the side effects of their treatments. Daily activities include archery, arts and crafts, drama, sports and swimming. There are also theme days including Western Day, Superhero Day, and Circus Day, along with special guests like magicians, clowns, firefighters, police and professional athletes.
There are day camps, overnight camps, a teen camp and family camp.
Online at camprainbow.com
Camp Comfort Zone
Various sessions throughout the year
Bereavement camp offered for families who have lost a child to an illness, or children and young adults who have expereinced the death of a parent, guardian or sibling. Traditional camp activities are mixed with one-on-one mentoring age-specific support groups, peer support, safe risk-taking and trust-building activities.
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