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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 Candlelighters to find out what is available in your area. Or, peruse the list below.

Alabama

Camp Smile-A-Mile (SAM)

First began in 1985 to provide challenging, unforgettable recreational and educational experiences for Young cancer patients from across Alabama at no cost to their families. That same philosophy applies today. Camp Smile-A-Mile's purpose is to provide these children with avenues for fellowship, to help build self-confidence, to help them cope with their disease, and to prepare them for life.

Camp Rap-A-Hope

A member of Children's Oncology Camping Association, International. Serves children between the ages of 7 and 17 who have or had cancer and live along the Gulf Coast of Alabama, Mississippi, Florida and Louisiana with the vast majority coming from Alabama. Camp is held in Mobile, Alabama. We do have a few kids that do both Camps each summer... but Camp SAM kids usually come from Central and Northern Alabama.

Arizona

Arizona Camp Sunrise and Sidekicks

Free programs for children who have or have had cancer, and for their brothers and sisters. From the Southwest Kids' Cancer Foundation.

Jumping Mouse Camp, Inc.

215 North Bonito
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
502-774-9608

For children and adults who have or had serious illnesses such as cancer, arthritis, asthma, diabetes, or sickle cell anemia.

Candlelighters Weekend Family Retreat

Located in the mountains near Tucson, Arizona, this three-day camp in June offers a retreat for the entire family. Free.

Arkansas

Camp Aldersgate

2000 Aldersgate Road
Little Rock, AR 72205
501-225-1444

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

Camp Quality Arkansas

Go to Camp Quality USA and click on "Locate a Camp".

Australia

Camp Quality

A year round support programme for children with cancer and their families. Founded and established in 1983 in Sydney, Australia, there are now fourteen Australian locations covering every State and Territory in Australia.

California

Camp Okizu

Summer camp offering the opportunity for children with cancer to learn independence, nourish positive self-esteem and gain skills they never thought were possible. "The mission of the Okizu Foundation is to provide recreational, respite and peer support programs to meet the needs of all members of families affected by childhood cancer." (Northern California.)

World's Greatest Camp

Orange County Foundation for Oncology Children and Families
P. O. Box 6023
Orange, CA 92863-6023

OCF-OCF, an Orange County California summer camp serving pediatric cancer patients and sponsored by Orange County Foundation for Oncology Children & Families.

Camp Summer Sault

American Cancer Society
936 Pine Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90801
562-437-0791

Five-day day camp for children with cancer aged 6 to 13 and their siblings. Leadership experience for teenagers aged 14 and older. Free.

Camp Sunburst

Geri Brooks, Ph.D., Executive Camp Director
5350 Commerce Blvd. Suite I
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
707-588-9477,
adminatsunburstprojects.org

One-week residential program for children aged 6 to 18 who have life-threatening diseases.

Tuolumne Trails

22988 Ferretti Road
Groveland, CA 95321
(800) 678-5102

Tuolumne Trails is a camp for children with special medical needs, located on 80 beautiful acres of Sierra Nevada wilderness outside the mountain community of Groveland, California near Yosemite National Park.

Canada

Kids Cancer Camps of Alberta

We are an organization committed to providing camping programs and other paediatric oncology projects for children with a history of cancer and their siblings in Alberta.

Camp Trillium

Camp Trillium began in 1984 for children with cancer and their families across the province of Ontario. We provide year round programs including winter camps, teen weekends, family weekends, clinic support programs, monthly youth programs, community programs which all compliment the 3 summer programs. We offer residential camp, family camp and day camp programs at various locations across Ontario.

Camp Oochigeas

60 St. Clair Avenue East, Suite 201
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M4T 1N5
888 GO-4-OOCH (1 888 464-6624)

Camp Oochigeas is a privately funded, volunteer based organization that provides kids with cancer and kids affected by childhood cancer with a unique opportunity for growth through challenging, fun, enriching and magical experiences. Camp Oochigeas offers year-round programs for children affected by childhood cancer at our site in Muskoka, at the Hospital for Sick Children and in the community.

Colorado

The Silver Lining Ranch (Kids Stuff Foundation Inc.)

1490 Ute Ave, Aspen CO 81611
970-925-9540 / Fax 970-544-0565

One-week camp for children 8-18 for children actively in treatment and up to 18 months out of treatment.

Camp Wapiyapi

191 University Boulevard, Suite 294
Denver, CO 80206
Email: info@wapiyapi.org
Phone: (303) 534-0883

Week-long camps in the mountains near Estes Park.

Roundup River Ranch

Gypsum, CO
Email: camperrecruiter@roundupriverranch.org (or visit website)

Roundup River Ranch is a medically supported camp for kids with chronic and life-threatening illnesses. For children ages 7-17. Free. Family weekends are also offered.

A member of the Paul Newman Serious Fun Camps for kids with chronic and life threatening illnesses, Roundup River Ranch works with regional hospitals, including Children's Hospital.

Nighthawk Ranch

Guffey, Colorado

Located in the moutains of Colorado, this camp offers a variety of outdoor and indoor activities. Three week-long summer camp sessions for children with cancer between the ages of 10 and 18. Free.

Heroes Forever

Heroes Forever offers an annual long weekend (Thursday - Sunday) at the YMCA of the Rockies - Snow Mountain Ranch near Winter Park; in 2012, it is scheduled for May 17-20th. Contacts are available at the website.

Connecticut

Hole in the Wall Gang Camp

Nonprofit residential summer camp for children with cancer or other serious blood diseases. It's a place where the children can kick back and just have fun.

Camp Rising Sun

A camp for children ages 5-17 who have been diagnosed with cancer. Children attend camp free of charge in the end of August. Situated on the shores of Triangle Lake in the northwest hills of Connecticut. See their website for more information.

Florida

Boggy Creek Camp

The camp medical staff and facility accomdates children ages 7-17 with many kinds of special needs, from bandaging a minor cut to administering chemotherapy. The medical presence is purposely kept in the background so the children can concentrate on filling their days with all the fun of a good old-fashioned camp experience.

Georgia

Camp Sunshine - Georgia

Offers programs for children with cancer.

CURE

Support for children and parents of children with cancer. Provides counseling, retreats, and camps (although the web site does not mention a camp 9/01). Organizes fundraisers for cancer research. (Metropolitan Atlanta.)

Idaho

Camp Rainbow Gold

2676 S. Vista Avenue
Boise ID 83705
208-422-0176

The Camp Rainbow Gold oncology camp hosts 85 children each August at Cathedral Pines in Ketchum, Idaho, for a week of discovery and outdoor fun. Administered by the American Cancer Society. They also offer a Family Camp and a Sibling Camp.

Camp Magical Moments

956 Rainey Creek Rd
P.O. Box 12
Swan Valley, ID 83449

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

Camp Quality Indiana

Go to Camp Quality USA and click on "Locate a Camp".

River Discovery

River Discovery provides river adventure programs nearly free to cancer survivors both teens and adults. Camp Discovery is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization located in Salmon, Idaho deep in the heart of the Salmon River Country on the doorstep of the largest wilderness in the lower 48 states.

Illinois

Camp Quality Illinois

Go to Camp Quality USA and click on "Locate a Camp".

Indiana

Camp Little Red Door

Little Red Door Cancer Agency
1801 North Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202-1411
Contact: Michele Perrin at mperrin@littlereddoor.org or by phone at (317)925-5595, ext. 340.

Camp Little Red Door is a week long summer camp for children ages 8 to 18 who have been diagnosed with cancer and are receiving treatment in the state of Indiana. Campers can also be in remission, but must be residents of Indiana. Camp is scheduled for July 25-30, 2010 and is held at Bradford Woods in Martinsville, Indiana. Space permitting, campers may invite a sibling/friend to attend with them. Medical staff is available 24/7 to accommodate any special needs and administer medications. The cost to attend is only $25 per camper and $50 per sibling/friend. Camp activities include horseback riding, canoeing, swimming, arts & crafts, archery and other games.

Camp Watcha -Wanna -Do

Jennifer Fisher Program Director
P.O. Box 11166
Fort Wayne, IN. 46856-1166
Phone: (260) 609-3155 (camp phone)

The main focus is a one week summer resident camp program offered to children 7-18. They may bring one sibling. Held in June. Kinder camp is a one day camp for children under the ages of 7 who are cancer survivors and their families. It is held on the Wednesday of resident camp. Teen retreats & trips are held a few times a year and are activities such as pizza parties, bowling, amusement parks, etc. Family camp is held once a year and is open to cancer survivors and their families. Camp Jene'e is an adult cancer survivors retreat held twice a year.

Iowa

Camp Amanda

JoAnn Zimmerman, Director
Amanda Cares, Inc.
4217 University
Des Moines, IA 50311
515-279-5444

Weekend camps during spring, summer, and fall for bereaved children aged 6 to 16. Free.

Camp Quality Heartland (Iowa and Nebraska)

Go to Camp Quality USA and click on "Locate a Camp".

 The Heart Connection Children's Cancer Programs

www.childrenscancerprograms.com

The Heart Connection Children's Cancer Programs is a not-for-profit organization which enhances the quality of life for children with cancer by providing programs for recreation, education, and family support. They run an Oncology Camp and a Sibling Camp for brother or sisters who have a sibling with cancer or have lost a sibling to cancer.

Kansas

Camp Hope

ACS sponsored camp for cancer kids in Kansas. American Cancer Society, Kansas Division
1315 SW Arrowhead Road
Topeka, KS 66604
913-273-4114

One-week camp for children aged 8 to 21 who have or had cancer. Free.

Camp Quality Greater Kansas City

Go to Camp Quality USA and click on "Locate a Camp".

Kentucky

The Center for Courageous Kids

The Center for Courageous Kids
1501 Burnley Road
Scottsville, KY 42164
270-618-2900

The Center for Courageous Kids is a year round medical camp for children who have chronic or life threatening illnesses by creating experiences that are memorable, exciting, fun, build self-esteem, are physically safe and medially sound. Family retreats serve children 3-17 and summer camps serve children 7-15. No child or family will pay to attend camp. The camp will be funded by donations from individuals, foundations, and corporations with a heart for children.

Indian Summer Camp

in Kentucky. See website for details.

Camp Quality Kentucky

Go to Camp Quality USA and click on "Locate a Camp".

Louisiana

Camp Challenge

New Orleans, Louisiana. Camp Challenge is a camp for kids with cancer and their siblings. Cancer Association of Greater New Orleans.

Stacy S Drury M.D., Ph.D, President and Medical Director of Camp
504-988-4794
sdrury@tulane.edu

Camp Quality Louisiana

Go to Camp Quality USA and click on "Locate a Camp".

Maine

Camp Sunshine at Sebago Lake

in Maine, a retreat for families whose children are in active treatment for cancer, kidney disease, Diamond Black Fan Anemia, Fanconi Anemia, and other life-threatening diseases.

35 Acadia Rd
Casco, ME 04015
207-655-3800
fax: 207-655-3825

13 weeks of camps for families with children with life threatening illnesses.

Camp Rainbow

American Cancer Society, Maine Division
Barb Edison
52 Federal Street
Brunswick, ME 04011
1-800-464-3102 (ME only)
207-729-3339

For children from Maine aged 4 and older who have or had cancer and their families. Free.

Maryland

Camp Friendship

A camp in suburban Maryland for children with cancer (a OneVoiceUSA benefit organization).

Massachusetts

Dream Day on Cape Cod

165 Nan-Ke-Rafe Path
Brewster, MA 02631
774 994 7346

We currently hold six (6) 1 week sessions.

Michigan

Special Days Camp

Special Days rents facilities from Pinehills Camp and Retreat Center in Brighton, Michigan for cancer kid and cancer sibling kids camps.

Special Days Camps, P.O. Box 1154, Bay City, MI 48706-0154
(866) 448-4710
(See web site for the most current information.)

Camp Casey

"Helping kids conquer cancer one neigh at a time." This cost-free horseback riding program for kids with cancer serves families throughout Michigan. Cowboy Camp Outs (overnight mini-vacations) and Horsey House Calls provide respite to families during tumultuous times.

Camp Quality Michigan

Go to Camp Quality USA and click on "Locate a Camp".

Little Mary's Hospitality House

1580 Seaman’s Road
Wellston, MI 49689
1-800-435-4297/616-848-4699

Vacation retreat for families who have a child with a bereaved. Six lakeside apartments (handicapped access) and playhouses. Free.

Camp Catch-A-Rainbow

Camp Catch-A-Rainbow
517-664-1314

Camp Catch-a-Rainbow (CCAR) is located in Jackson, Michigan. It is provided by the American Cancer Society. CCAR is a free summer camp for children who have had a cancer diagnosis. CCAR is open to children ages 7-15 who reside in Michigan or Indiana. CCAR also has a 1 day camp for children ages 4-6 who have had a cancer diagnosis who reside in IN or MI. The dates for 2012 are:

June 17-22, 2012 for the week long program
June 17 for the 1 day program

Minnesota

Camps for cancer kids: Camp Courage (Maple Lake, Minnesota) and Courage North (Lake George, Minnesota).

Courage Center, Camping Dept.

3915 Golden Valley Road
Golden Valley, MN 55422
612-520-0504

One-week residential camp for children aged 6 to 17 with cancer and their siblings. Free.

KAMP KACE

is a week long camp for children with cancer and their siblings, held every August.

Mississippi

Camp Hopewell

Camp Hopewell

Oxford, Mississippi

Hopewell Camp and Conference Center is funded and directed by St. Andrews Presbyterian Churches in North Mississippi, COCA members, ACA accredited. They host a camp for families surviving cancer. Most of the campers are St. Jude's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tn. patients. However, that is not a requirement for participation. Also, most of the families are not Presbyterian, nor even Protestant. This is a free camp for the families with all the camping activities. Canoeing, Swimming, Archery, High and Low challenge courses, and more. They have families from California, Missouri, Peru, Ghana and of course, the mid-south.

Missouri

Camp Quality Central Missouri

Go to Camp Quality USA and click on "Locate a Camp".

Camp Quality Northwest Missouri

Go to Camp Quality USA and click on "Locate a Camp".

Camp Quality Ozark Missouri

Go to Camp Quality USA and click on "Locate a Camp".

Camp Quality Ozark Greater Kansas City

Go to Camp Quality USA and click on "Locate a Camp".

Camp Sunrise

American Cancer Society, Missouri Division
3322 American Avenue, P. O. Box 1066
Jefferson City, MO 65101
314-893-4800
Family weekend for families with a child to age 8 with cancer. Free.

Kiwanis Camp Wyman

David A. Hillard, Executive Director
600 Kiwanis Drive
Eureka, MO 63025
314-938-5245

Summer program for children age 8 to 16. Mainstreams children with cancer into the regular program. Fee. Financial assistance.

Camp Barnabas-Missouri

www.campbarnabas.org/

Camp Barnabas serves children with cancer and chronic blood disorders, such as AIDS, hemophilia and Sickle cell. For 17 years we've served these children, their siblings and other children with special needs in a Christian summer camp setting. Each camper has a one-on-one volunteer and each week of camp is staffed by two doctors and 6-8 registered nurses, including nurses with pediatric oncology specialties. Our focus is showing our campers that every one has been uniquely created to live a life of ability. During their time at Camp Barnabas they enjoy just being a kid while their parents have a chance at a restful break from the day-to-day care of their child. Scholarships are available and no one is ever turned away because of a financial need. On active treatment or in remission - we look forward to having your child at camp this summer.

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.

Montana

Camp-Mak-A-Dream

Located on a ranch in Montana. An appropriately supervised, cost-free camp program (CAMP MAK-A-DREAM) for children and young adults with cancer, in order that these children may have the opportunity to participate in a variety of fun-filled camp activities, learn new skills, form positive peer relationships, and develop greater independence and self-esteem.

For One Another

For One Another Cancer Family Network
PO Box 6446
Bozeman, MT 59771
ph 406.587.8080
fx 406.556.1050

For One Another Cancer Family Network (FOA) was founded in 1990 by volunteers dedicated to providing a supportive and nurturing experience for Montana families dealing with cancer, whether the child or the adult is diagnosed. FOA understands that every relationship in a family is affected dramatically by a cancer diagnosis. We offer no-cost seasonal programs including: two 1-week summer camps in July, a fall weekend retreat and spring parties across the state. We provide opportunities and activities for families to spend quality time together and with other families sharing a similar journey in a fun, healthy and loving atmosphere.

Big Sky Kids

Eagle Mount – Bozeman
6901 Goldenstein Lane
Bozeman, MT 59715
406-586-1781

The Big Sky Kids program has been holding camps for children and teens with cancer for 21 years. Information is at the web site or call 406-586-1781.

Nebraska

Camp Quality Heartland (Iowa and Nebraska)

Go to Camp Quality USA and click on "Locate a Camp".

New Jersey

Happiness is Camping

Blairstown, New Jersey. Happiness Is Camping, for children with cancer, was founded in 1980. About 400 children, girls and boys aged 6-16 years, attend the overnight camp, staying from one to six weeks, depending on their health. The camp is free to all, supported by donations and volunteer staff members.

Camp Quality New Jersey

Go to Camp Quality USA and click on "Locate a Camp".

Camp Dream Street

The Tomorrows Children's Institute
Hackensack, NJ

A week-long day camp for patients of the Tomorrows Children's Institute, their siblings and patients at other healthcare facilities.

New Mexico

Imus Ranch

A Working Cattle Ranch For Kids With Cancer

Imus Ranch for Kids With Cancer
P O Box 250
Ribera, NM 87560
(575) 421-4687

Imus Ranch is an authentic working cattle ranch nestled beneath a majestic mesa in the rolling hills near Ribera, New Mexico, 50 miles northeast of Santa Fe. Imus Ranch hosts nine “Go Rounds” each year, one in the spring and eight in the summer. Each Go Round is nine days, seven full days on the ranch with one travel day at the beginning and end. Imus Ranch underwrites all costs, including airfare to New Mexico, so there is no cost to the families. The children must be ages 11 to 17 and cannot have any lines or ports.  The Ranch is designed to house 10 children per Go Round, plus a doctor, nurse, EMT, and 2 child life specialists. It is important that all parents and children understand the fundamental philosophy of Imus Ranch: It is not a camp --it is a working cattle ranch.

New York

Camp Simcha

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. (Chai Lifeline has five regional offices in the United States and affiliates in Israel, Great Britain and Canada.)

Camp Simcha offers two, two-week sessions for children with cancer. Our goal is to give children an exciting and enjoyable camp experience that will enhance resiliency and help them through the inevitable rough patches of fighting illness. The medical staff is comprised of pediatric oncologists from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and the camp infirmary can accommodate children on treatment. Each child has his/her counselor, so that schedules can be tailored to a child's interest and energy level, and the activities mirror those at camps for healthy children (with modifications when necessary).

Camp Simcha is free of charge, and pays for transportation from a child's home city. For more information, contact at 877 SIMCHA4 or 212 699-6630.

Estie Kleinkaufman
Chai Lifeline
151 West 30th Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10001
877 SIMCHA4 or 212 699-6638.

Camp Open Arms

Camp Open Arms is a program of Cancer Action, Inc. with assistance from the Penfield School District, the Town of Penfield, and the United Way. The camping period is usually held during the first part of July, and is carried out at one of the school locations in the Town of Penfield (NY).

Cancer Action
255 Alexander Street
Rochester, NY 14607
716-423-9700
Two-week day camp for children aged 3 to 15 with cancer or blood diseases and their siblings. Fee. Scholarships available.

Camp Good Days & Special Times, Inc. Recreational Facility

www.campgooddays.org

Camp Good Days and Special Times was founded, in 1979, in Rochester, New York, by Gary Mervis, following the diagnosis of his youngest daughter, Teddi, with a malignant brain tumor. Teddi lost her battle in 1982, however Camp Good Days has become Gary’s memorial to her and offers a variety of residential camping programs and year-round recreational and support activities for children, adults, and families whose lives have been touched by cancer. Camp Good Days offers programs for children with cancer; women with cancer; men with cancer; young adults (18-27) with cancer; children who have a parent or sibling dealing with cancer; and children who have lost a parent or sibling to cancer. All of the programs and services provided by Camp Good Days are offered free of charge for the participants.

Camp Adventure

www.cancer.org/campadventure
New York's Long Island

Sponsored by ACS, Camp Adventure is a free, fun-filled, week-long sleep away camp for children with cancer and their siblings, ages 6 to 18 -- a place where kids can just be kids. 

The 52 Association for the Handicapped

350 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1829
New York, NY 10118
212-346-5586
Skiing lessons for the physically challenged. Originally for veterans who lost limbs in war, they now teach amputees and physically challenged how to ski. Nationwide chapters. Free.

Sunrise Day Camp

Sunrise Day Camp is for children with cancer ages 5-16. This day camp is designed to meet the emotional, social, recreational and physical needs of these children while allowing them to enjoy the comforts and safety of their own homes at night. They run 3 2-week sessions in summer.

Michele Vernon, MSW
Phone: 516-766-4341 ext. 106
Fax: 516-766-0513
mvernon@friedbergjcc.org

Double H Ranch

www.doublehranch.org

97 Hidden Valley Road
Lake Luzerne, NY 12846-3318
518.696.5676 ext. 263

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. Our purpose is to enrich their lives and provide camp experiences that are memorable, exciting, fun, empowering, physically safe and medically sound. All programs are FREE of charge and capture the magic of the Adirondacks. Our largest program is our summer residential camping program and our second largest program is our Adaptive Winter Sports Program where we teach children ages 6-16 years old to ski or snowboard.

North Carolina

Kaleidoscope Program

Alex Gordon, Director
P. O. Box 3417
Duke University Medical Center
Durham, NC 27710
919-681-4349/919-681-3446

Three one-week sessions for selected children aged 7 to 16 treated at Duke Medical Center. Free.

Camp Rainbow

Jacquelyn P. Sauls, Child/Family Specialist
East Carolina University School of Medicine
Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
PCMH 288 West
Greenville, NC 27858-4354
919-551-4676

One-week program for children aged 6 to 18 with cancer. Also siblings and bereaved siblings. Free to children from eastern North Carolina.

Camp Carefree

275 Carefree Lane
Stokesdale, NC 27357
Phone: (336) 427-0966
Camp Program Directors are David Suggs and Timmy Vernon.

Provides a week for children with cancer and a week for siblings in the summer.

Victory Junction

www.victoryjunction.org

Victory Junction (a Hole-in-the-Wall Association camp)
4500 Adam's Way
Randleman, NC
phone: 877-VJG-CAMP

Offers a one week-long summer session that serves children with cancer and a week-long sibling session. Also offers weekend programming in the Fall and Spring for families (usually families with a child with cancer are served during the Spring General Sessions).

Ohio

Kids N'Kamp

Beverly S. Circone, Executive Director
3440 Olentangy River Road, Suite 103K
Columbus, OH 43202
614-262-2220

Year-round programs and activities for children with cancer or other blood diseases and their families. Other programs include educational assessments, tutoring, support groups, and counseling for all members of the family. Free.

Camp Quality Ohio

Go to Camp Quality USA and click on "Locate a Camp".

Flying Horse Farms

Flying Horse Farms is located in Mt. Gillead, OH. They accept campers ages 8-15 for our residential summer sessions (2 sessions each summer) and campers age 7-15 for our Spring and Fall family camp weekends. (Their name is a bit misleading we don't actually have horses on the premises, we are named after a children's book.)

Oregon

Camp Quality Oregon

Go to Camp Quality USA and click on "Locate a Camp".

Camp Ukandu

A American Cancer Society camp. (503) 795-3914

A free, week-long camping experience for children with cancer and their siblings, ages 8-17. Camp Ukandu is medically supervised and offers a wide variety of activities from swimming, horse back riding, archery and the rock wall to arts, crafts and outdoor games of all kinds! Camp Ukandu is located in along the Sandy river, in beautiful Gresham, OR.

Pennsylvania

Camp Can-Do

Camp Can-Do, sponsored by the Commonwealth Division of the American Cancer Society for over a decade, gives young cancer patients a break from the often scary and monotonous time spent in hospitals and in treatment routines. Camp Can-Do places the young campers in an atmosphere that promotes comfort and self-confidence, surrounded by others who are sharing similar experiences. The Camp takes place in Mt. Gretna, PA, on a beautiful wooded lakefront site.

Ronald McDonald Camp

Doris M. Sterner, MSW, Camp Admin.
The Ronald McDonald House
3925 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
215-387-8406

Residential camp for children aged 8 to 18 with cancer on or off therapy. Junior counselor program for youths aged 17 to 18. Free.

Rhode Island

Camp Hope

Offered by the American Cancer Society in Rhode Island. 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. Camp Hope is a weeklong overnight residential camp that takes place one week a year and a weekend in the winter. There is no fee for the camper or siblings to attend.

www.cancer.org/camphoperi

South Carolina

Camp Happy Days and Special Times

Happy Days is a non-profit organization providing emotional and financial support to children with cancer and their families throughout the Southeast. Held the first week in July. From a camper: "This camp is wonderful!"

Camp Happy Days
1622 Ashley Hall Road
Charleston, SC 29407
Tel: 843-571-4336, ext #26
www.camphappydays.com/

Camp Debbie Lou

Main office: 2634 Sharon Road
Charlotte, NC 28211
704-364-7471 tel
704-287-6265 cell
704-348-4550 fax

For children, between the ages of 4 - 14, that have been diagnosed with cancer and their families.
www.campdebbielou.com/

Tennessee

Camp Horizon

American Cancer Society, Tennessee Division
1315 8th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 327-0991

One-week residential camp for children aged 7 to 18 with cancer. Free.

Camp Barnabas-Tennessee

www.campbarnabas.org/memphis

Camp Barnabas serves children with cancer and chronic blood disorders, such as AIDS, hemophilia and Sickle cell. For 17 years we've served these children, their siblings and other children with special needs in a Christian summer camp setting. Each camper has a one-on-one volunteer and each week of camp is staffed by two doctors and 6-8 registered nurses, including nurses with pediatric oncology specialties. Our focus is showing our campers that every one has been uniquely created to live a life of ability. During their time at Camp Barnabas they enjoy just being a kid while their parents have a chance at a restful break from the day-to-day care of their child. Scholarships are available and no one is ever turned away because of a financial need. On active treatment or in remission - we look forward to having your child at camp this summer.

 

Texas

Camp Discovery

American Cancer Society
P. O. Box 149054
Austin, TX 78714-9054
512-928-2262

For children aged 6 to 18 with cancer. Free.

Camp Periwinkle

Jayne Finkowski, MD
6720 Bertner Street
Houston, TX 77030
713-661-4960

For children aged 7 to 15 with cancer treated at Texas Children’s Hospital. One sibling invited on a space-available basis. Free.

Camp Star Trails

Janet Johnson RN, Pediatrics
M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
1515 Holcombe Box 87
Houston, TX 77030
713-792-3362

Camp Quality Texas

Go to Camp Quality USA and click on "Locate a Camp".

Camp Barnabas-Texas

www.campbarnabas.org/deercreek

Camp Barnabas serves children with cancer and chronic blood disorders, such as AIDS, hemophilia and Sickle cell. For 17 years we've served these children, their siblings and other children with special needs in a Christian summer camp setting. Each camper has a one-on-one volunteer and each week of camp is staffed by two doctors and 6-8 registered nurses, including nurses with pediatric oncology specialties. Our focus is showing our campers that every one has been uniquely created to live a life of ability. During their time at Camp Barnabas they enjoy just being a kid while their parents have a chance at a restful break from the day-to-day care of their child. Scholarships are available and no one is ever turned away because of a financial need. On active treatment or in remission - we look forward to having your child at camp this summer.

Utah

Camp Hobe

Summer camp for children with cancer and their siblings.
www.camphobekids.org/

Virginia

Camp Fantastic

A program of Special Love located in Winchester, Virginia. Provides cancer kids a chance to have a camp experience.

Camp Five Seasons

Patricia Holden, Executive Director
3704 Farnsworth Drive
Chesapeake, VA 23321
804-484-0984; 804-547-5145

Five-day residential camp for medically challenged children aged 7 to 14 of all nationalities and their siblings. Fee. Limited scholarships. (Not presently operating)

Camp Holiday Trails

Tina LaRoche, Executive Director
400 Holiday Trails Lane
Charlottesville, VA 22903
434-977-3781

Residential summer camp for children aged 5 through 17 with special medical needs, including cancer. One-week and two-week sessions available. One-week sessions also welcome siblings. Fee asked of families: $120. Financial assistance available.

Washington

Camp Agape NW

PO BOX 65504
University Place, WA 98464

Camp Agape NW is a family camp in Washington State for children with cancer and their entire family including parents and all siblings. There is no cost to the families attending. Families that are eligible include a child (infant to age 18) that have had or currently have cancer. Any family which receives treatment in Washington state is eligible. This year's camp runs from July 26th thru July 31th, 2010. Please check our website www.campagapenw.org for more information.

Camp Side-By-Side

A week-long, no-cost camp offered each August for 20 families of children with cancer. Visit the web site for more information about this unique camp.

Camp Goodtimes West

Seattle, Washington
www.campgoodtimeswest.org

For children ages 7-17 who are going through cancer treatment or have completed treatment, and a sibling.

West Virginia

Camp Winica

American Cancer Society, West Virginia Division
2428 Kanawha Boulevard East
Charleston, WV 25311
304-344-3611

One-week residential camp for children aged 7 to 16 and junior counselor program for youths aged 17 to 18 from West Virginia who have or had cancer. Free. Transportation provided.

Wisconsin

Hozhoni Weekend

American Cancer Society, Wisconsin Division
N19 W24350 Riverwood Drive P. O. Box 902
Pewaukee, WI 53072-0902
414-532-5500

Three-day weekend for families from Wisconsin with a child with cancer. Free.

Links to other lists of camps and to national camp headquarters

Camp Quality USA National Headquarters

2311 East Cragmont, Springfield, MO 65804
417-877-0177
infoATcampqualityusa.com
Camp Quality USA

Each Camp Quality offers free camping experiences and year-round support programs for children with cancer. Typically, the campers (ages 5-18) attend a camp from their state--so they can remain close to their hospital provider. Campers can be in any stage of cancer treatment or recovery to attend.

North America

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

Children's Oncology Camping Association, International

C.O.C.A., Children's Oncology Camping Association International is an international assembly of people providing camping programs for children with cancer. Many of the members camps serve a broad range of special need populations but we all share the common thread of working with pediatric oncology patients.

Allen's Guide's list of oncology camps

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