Resources and information for parents of children with cancer . . . by parents of children with cancer.

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Cancer Kid Camps

Time spent at camp is a wonderful experience for our cancer kids and their siblings too. How wonderful for them to leave all those hospital visits behind and be outdoors doing fun things with other kids who understand. It gives them a chance to both have fun and to open up and say what they really feel about being diagnosed with cancer.

Journal article: Camp programs for children with cancer and their families: Review of research progress over the past decade. Alexandra Martiniuk et al., Pediatric Blood & Cancer, epub 7 JAN 2014. Abstract.

Many organizations have established cancer kid camps. These camps have the staff and facilities to deal with the children's special needs and many times the counselors are cancer survivors. Which camp your child will visit is probably dictated by which camp is near you. Check with your hospital social worker or support organization to find what is available in your area.

These other websites also have listings of cancer kid camps:

Children's Oncology Camping Association International (COCA-I) at www.cocai.org

Camp Quality's listings

Allen's Guide

North America

First Descents, a Kayak camp for young adults with cancer. (Camp is in Vail, Colorado.)

 

Alabama

Camp Smile-A-Mile (SAM)

www.smileamile.com

Year-round programs and summer camps by Smile-A-Mile helps those in Alabama who are affected by childhood cancer thrive during treatment and the years beyond. Programs for both children and their families.

Camp Rap-A-Hope

www.camprapahope.org

Provides year-long programming, as well as, a week-long summer camp to children between the ages of 7 and 17 who have, or have ever had, cancer. Most of our campers come from communities along more than 300 miles of the central Gulf Coast; from the Florida panhandle to the Louisiana Texas border. 

Arizona

Arizona Camp Sunrise and Sidekicks

azcampsunrise.org

Free programs for children who have or have had cancer, and for their siblings. Summer camp and day camp. From the Southwest Kids' Cancer Association.

Arkansas

Camp Aldersgate

www.campaldersgate.net

One-week residential camp for children aged 6 to 16 with cancer. Free.

Camp Quality Arkansas

www.campqualityusa.org/ar

Summer camp for young cancer patients sponsored by Camp Quality.

California

Seany's Camp Reach for the Sky

www.theseanyfoundation.org

Camp Reach for the Sky is based in Southern California and is made up of three weeklong sessions. One session is for siblings of kids with cancer, another is a day camp for kids with cancer (residents) and siblings, and the last is an overnight camp for residents (including a Teen Winter Weekend). The resident camp is fully equipped with medical staff and equipment so that all of the kids’ needs are met while at Camp. (Southern California)

Camp Okizu

okizu.org

For 35 years Camp Okizu has offered support programs to families who have a child diagnosed with cancer. Camp Okizu has become a second family and a home away from home for thousands of patients, siblings, and parents. (Northern California.)

Orange County Foundation for Oncology Children and Families

www.ocf-ocf.org

The “World’s Greatest Camp” is held in the San Bernardino Mountains in June and September. The weekend-long camp is open to patients and their families. The “World’s Coolest Camp” is held in the San Bernardino Mountains (normally in Spring). The weekend-long camp is for teens in grades six through 12.

Canada

Kids Cancer Camps of Alberta

www.kidscancercare.ab.ca/our-programs/camp

"Our free camp programs offer kids across Alberta a chance to escape the rigours of cancer treatments for outdoor fun and adventure in a safe, caring environment. And don’t forget, camp isn’t just for kids! We offer year-round family camps, so parents can get-in on the fun too."

Camp Trillium

camptrillium.com

Camp Trillium (officially The Trillium Childhood Cancer Support Centre) offers year-round recreational experiences to bring children with cancer and their families together. We work to provide an environment that normalizes relationships and experiences, helping them in the healing process and enhancing their quality of life.

Camp Ooch

www.ooch.org

Camp Oochigeas (Ooch) is a privately funded, volunteer-based organization that provides kids with and affected by childhood cancer with unique opportunities for growth through challenging, fun, enriching and magical experiences.

Colorado

Roundup River Ranch

www.roundupriverranch.org

Roundup River Ranch is a medically supported camp for kids with chronic and life-threatening illnesses.

Nighthawk Ranch

www.nighthawkranchcolorado.org

Kids and teenagers ages 10-18 with cancer (first phases of treatment behind them) have the opportunity to live on a ranch and to develop skills that will show them just how incredibly capable they are.

Connecticut

Hole in the Wall Gang Camp

www.holeinthewallgang.org

Campers aged 7 – 15 ride horses, create crafts, swim and so much more, as they bond with other children facing similar challenges and learn they are capable of so much more than they ever thought possible.

Camp Rising Sun

www.camprisingsun.com

A camp for children ages 5-17 who have been diagnosed with cancer.

Florida

Boggy Creek Camp

www.boggycreek.org

Camp Boggy Creek is a permanent, year-round facility where children ages 7 through 16 with chronic or life-threatening illnesses and their families can come to Camp at no charge to them.

Georgia

Camp Sunshine

www.mycampsunshine.com

Two one-week sessions are held; a session for children ages 7 – 12, and a session for teens 13 – 18. "At Camp Sunshine’s Summer Camp, a camper can receive chemotherapy in the morning and be horseback riding by the afternoon."

Idaho

Camp Rainbow Gold

camprainbowgold.org/camps

"Camp Rainbow Gold is an oncology camp, a sibling camp and a family camp. It’s a teen support group and a college scholarship program. Camp Rainbow Gold is a celebration of life."

Camp Magical Moments

www.campmagicalmoments.org

For children ages 7-12 with or who have had Cancer. See web site for more information.

River Discovery

www.riverdiscovery.org

River Discovery offers outdoor adventures for cancer survivors that promote healing and strengthening of the mind, body and spirit.

Illinois

Camp Quality Illinois

Camp Quality USA, Illinois

Camp Quality is a summer camping experience and year-round support program for children with cancer.

Camp One Step

www.camponestep.org

Provided by Children's Oncology Services. Week-long summer camps.

Indiana

Camp Little Red Door

www.littlereddoor.org

Camp Little Red Door is a weeklong camp held in June each year for Indiana children ages 8 to 18 who are in active cancer treatment or remission.

Camp Watcha-Wanna-Do

www.campwatchawannado.com

The camp is offered for children ages 7 through high school graduation, and each camper is able to bring a sibling along for the week they are at camp.

Iowa

Camp Quality Heartland (Iowa and Nebraska)

http://www.campqualityusa.org and childrenscancerprograms.com

Camp Quality is a summer camping experience and year-round support program for children with cancer.

Kansas

Camp Hope-Heartland

camphopeheartland.com

Camp Hope takes place each June at Camp Aldrich near Claflin, Kansas. Camp Hope is open to children and teens between the ages of 5 and 17 years.

Camp Quality Kansas

www.campqualityusa.org

Camp Quality is a summer camping experience and year-round support program for children with cancer.

Kentucky

The Center for Courageous Kids

www.courageouskids.org

The Center for Courageous Kids is a not for profit Medical Camping Facility for children who have chronic or life threatening illnesses.

Indian Summer Oncology Camp

www.kidscanceralliance.org/camp-programs.html

"Our week-long camp lets kids with cancer build friendships and focus on the important things in life - arts and crafts, swimming, hiking and s'mores." (Kids Cancer Alliance)

Camp Quality Kentuckiana

www.campqualityusa.org

Camp Quality is a summer camping experience and year-round support program for children with cancer.

Louisiana

Camp Challenge

www.campchallenge.org

New Orleans, Louisiana. The mission of Camp Challenge is to enrich the lives of young hematology/oncology patients. Cancer Association of Greater New Orleans.

Camp Quality Louisiana

www.campqualityusa.org/la

Camp Quality is a summer camping experience and year-round support program for children with cancer.

Maine

Camp Sunshine at Sebago Lake

www.campsunshine.org

Camp Sunshine at Sebago Lake in Casco, Maine provides respite, support, joy, and hope to children with life-threatening illnesses and their immediate families from around the world through the various stages of their journeys.

Massachusetts

Dream Day on Cape Cod

www.dreamdayoncapecod.org

Dream Day on Cape Cod is a non-profit organization based in Brewster, Massachusetts, dedicated to bringing respite into the lives of children with serious and/or life-threatening illnesses and their families.

Camp Casco

www.campcasco.org/about

Camp Casco creates amazing camp experiences that build lifelong connections for children with cancer and their families.

Michigan

Special Days Camp

specialdays.camp

Providing a traditional camp experience for children with cancer and their siblings.

Camp Casey

camp-casey.org

Camp Casey is a nonprofit horseback riding organization for children with cancer and rare blood disorders. Through generous donations and compassionate volunteers, Camp Casey has spread the healing power of horses to Michigan families for over a decade.

Camp Quality Michigan

www.campqualityusa.org/mi

Camp Quality is a summer camping experience and year-round support program for children with cancer.

Camp Catch-A-Rainbow

www.ymcastorercamps.org/ccar/camp-catch-a-rainbow

YMCA Storer Camps offers Camp Catch-A-Rainbow (CCAR), free of charge, to enrich the lives of children between four and fifteen years old who are being treated for cancer or who are in remission from cancer.

Minnesota

Kamp KACE

www.kampkace.org

Kamp KACE provides a safe, rewarding, and memorable camp experience for school-aged kids with cancer and their siblings. The mission of Kamp KACE is to help kids with cancer feel like kids.

Missouri

Camp Quality Central Missouri

www.campqualityusa.org/cmo

Camp Quality is a summer camping experience and year-round support program for children with cancer.

Camp Quality Northwest Missouri

www.campqualityusa.org/nwmo

Camp Quality is a summer camping experience and year-round support program for children with cancer.

Camp Quality Ozark Missouri Ozarks

www.campqualityusa.org/oz

Camp Quality is a summer camping experience and year-round support program for children with cancer..

Camp Quality Ozark Greater Kansas City

www.campqualityusa.org/gkc

Camp Quality is a summer camping experience and year-round support program for children with cancer.

Camp Rainbow

www.camprainbow.com

Different programs for different ages, from a day camp for 4-5 year olds, a sleep-over camp for older children, and a teen camp.

Big Sky Kids

eaglemount.org

The Big Sky Kids program is designed for children and young adults with cancer. Begun in 1985, Big Sky Kids provides four different summer camps for children with cancer ages 5-23 each year, as well as a family ski weekend every spring

Nebraska

Camp CoHoLo

www.campcoholo.com

Camp CoHoLo's mission is to serve children between the ages of 6 and 17 who are impacted by cancer or blood disorders. Campers include children undergoing therapy and those who have completed treatment.

New Jersey

Happiness is Camping

www.happinessiscamping.org

Residential camps for children with cancer and their siblings, age 6 to 16 years.

Camp Quality New Jersey

www.campqualityusa.org/nj

Camp Quality is a summer camping experience and year-round support program for children with cancer.

New York

Camp Simcha

www.chailifeline.org

Camp Simcha is located in bucolic Glen Spey, New York. It is sponsored by Chai Lifeline, the international children's health support network that provides emotional and social support for seriously ill children and their families.

Camp Good Days

www.campgooddays.org

Camp Good Days and Special Times offers week-long summer camping sessions, weekend adult retreats, and year-round programs for families who have been touched by cancer and other life challenges. All programs are free of charge.

Camp Adventure

kidsneedmore.org

Camp Adventure is a free, fun-filled, week-long sleep away camp for children with cancer and their siblings, ages 6 to 18. 

Sunrise Day Camp

sunrisedaycamp.org

Sunrise Day Camp is for children with cancer ages 3 1/2–16. Sunrise Day Camps bring the simple pleasures of childhood back to children struggling with cancer.

Double H Ranch

www.doublehranch.org

The Double H Ranch, co-founded by Charles R. Wood and Paul Newman, provides specialized programs and year-round support for children and their families dealing with life-threatening illnesses.

North Carolina

Camp Carefree

www.campcarefree.org

Free, one-week camping experience for kids ages 6 to 16 with chronic illnesses, including cancer, Spina Bifida, epilepsy and more. Our program also includes camps for well siblings of ill children, and a week for children with a sick parent.

Victory Junction

victoryjunction.org

Victory Junction serves children ages 6 to 16, who have chronic medical conditions or serious illness.

Ohio

Kids N'Kamp

giveccfc.org

Year-round programs and activities for children with cancer or other blood diseases and their families.

Camp Quality Ohio

www.campqualityusa.org/oh

Camp Quality is a summer camping experience and year-round support program for children with cancer.

Flying Horse Farms

flyinghorsefarms.org

"Flying Horse Farms summer camps serve campers age 8-15 years old who have diagnoses in cardiology, hematology, oncology, rheumatology, gastrointestinal disorders, pulmonary disorders, rare diseases and facial anomalies. Usually, our campers are not able to attend other camps due to their medical needs."

Oregon

Camp Ukandu

campukandu.org

A free, week-long camping experience for children ages 8-18 with cancer or their siblings.

Camp Millennium

campmillennium.org

Camp Millennium is a free week filled with fun for kids with cancer ages 5-16.

Pennsylvania

Camp Can Do

www.campcandoforever.org

"Camp Can Do is for children ages 8-17, who have been diagnosed with cancer in the last 5 years. We also offer a special session of Camp Can Do for siblings, kids ages 8-17, whose brother or sister has been diagnosed with cancer."

Ronald McDonald Camp

www.philarmh.org/camp

Ronald McDonald Camp is for children ages 7 to 17 who are currently undergoing treatment or who have been treated for cancer. Each camper may bring one sibling with them to attend Camp.

Rhode Island

Camp Hope

Camp Channel or Facebook

Camp Hope is a camp for children who have or had cancer, who are between the ages of 7 and 17, and also welcomes their siblings. There is no fee for the camper or siblings to attend.

South Carolina

Camp Happy Days

www.camphappydays.org

At Camp Happy Days, kids discover the power within themselves – as they share life-changing experiences with kids
just like them who are battling cancer.

Tennessee

Camp Horizon

camphorizontn.org

Camp Horizon’s Oncology Camp is open to children ages 6 to 17 who were diagnosed with cancer or received cancer treatment within the last five years. SIBS Camp is open to children ages 6 to 17 whose sibling is a current or former cancer patient.

Texas

Camp Discovery

visionworkscamps.org

For children aged 7 to 16 with cancer.

Camp Periwinkle

periwinklefoundation.org

For children with cancer treated at Texas Children’s Hospital, and for siblings.

Camp Quality Texas

www.campqualityusa.org/tx

Camp Quality is a summer camping experience and year-round support program for children with cancer.

 

Utah

Camp Hobé

www.camphobekids.org

Camp Hobé is a special summer camp designed for 4-19 year olds with cancer and similarly treated disorders. Their siblings are also welcome to attend. Serves Utah, Idaho, Wyoming and Nevada.

Virginia

Special Love Camps (Camp Fantastic)

www.specialove.org/camps

Free camps for patients and survivors (ages 7-17), siblings, and families.

Camp Holiday Trails

www.campholidaytrails.org

Residential summer camp for children aged 5 through 17 with special medical needs, including cancer.

Washington

Camp Agape Northwest

campagapenw.net

A family camp in Washington State for children with cancer and their entire family. There is no cost. Families that are eligible include a child (infant to age 18) that have had or currently have cancer treated in Washington state.

Camp Side-By-Side

www.upc.org/care/side-by-side1

A week-long, no-cost camp offered each August for families of children with cancer.

Wisconsin

Camp Hozhoni

angelonmyshoulder.org/portfolio-item/summer-camp-hozhoni
angelonmyshoulder.org/portfolio-item/winter-camp-hozhoni

Summer and winter weekend camps for children with cancer aged 18 and younger and their families.

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