Some of the best adventures and bonding between kids facing similar circumstances can all be had for free. Here are some camps to consider.
Hole in the Wall Gang Camps
Hole in the Wall Camps serve a global family of children's camps as well as camps in development. Hole in the Wall Camps (HITWC) is the world's largest family of camps that serves children with serious medical conditions and life-threatening diseases. Last year, more than 11,100 children with serious medical conditions enjoyed a HITWC experience. Each camp is a separate entity expanding founder Paul Newman's dream to provide a recreational and therapeutic camping experience for children facing serious illnesses and life-threatening conditions. While at camp, these children discover the joys of childhood often missed during extended medical treatment. All children attend the camps free of charge as a result of generous contributions from individuals, corporations, foundations and other organizations.
Don Imus Ranch/Imus Ranch Foods - AZ
This is an authentic working cattle ranch in New Mexico where children with cancer can come for a free cowboy experience. All proceeds from the sales of Imus Ranch foods go to support the charitable work. To apply, you have to go thru the Tomorrow's Children Fund.
Camp Jornada Foundation - IA
Camp Jornada Foundation's mission is to provide free camp programs for children faced with cancer and a year-round support network for these children and their families. Camp Jornada offers children (ages 5-17) fun activities and the setting to share their unique experiences, with the goal of instilling self-esteem, and the opportunity to make every day a journey.
Camp Sunshine - ME
Nestled alongside the shores of beautiful Sebago Lake, ME, Camp Sunshine provides respite, support, joy and hope to children with life-threatening illnesses and their immediate families through various stages of a child’s illness. The year-round program is free of charge to all families, and includes 24-hour onsite medical and psychosocial support. Bereavement groups are also offered for families who have lost a child to an illness.
Camp Sunshine - GA
Children with cancer are normal children with special needs who want to participate fully in the everyday experiences of growing up. Camp Sunshine provides programs throughout the year to give children with cancer the opportunity to enjoy normal activities like swimming, horseback riding, arts and crafts, and making friends! Camp Sunshine offers a variety of programs, which encompass the entire family - brothers, sisters and parents! A network of support is made up of other families experiencing the challenges of fighting cancer.
James Fund Neuroblastoma Family Retreat - Ontario, Canada
Camp Ronald McDonald - CA
Nothing can compensate for the anguish that childhood cancer inflicts, but since 1982, Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times© has helped thousands of children and their parents recapture hope, enthusiasm, and love of life in a medically and psychologically safe environment created especially for them.
Camp Casey - MI
Camp Casey is a 501C3 nonprofit horseback riding program for kids with cancer and their families. Camp Casey is a nonprofit horseback riding program for kids with cancer and their families based in Michigan. We have three unique programs: Horsey House Calls, Cowboy Camp Outs and Outlaw Outings.
Camp Happy Times - PA
For more than 25 years, The Valerie Fund has operated Camp Happy Times, a free one week overnight camp experience for children aged 5-21 who have or have had cancer. Nearly 200 children each summer attend Camp Happy Times located on the two hundred acre Tyler Hill Camp in Wayne County, Pennsylvania. Tyler Hill is fully accredited by the American Camping Association and Camp Happy Times is a proud member of the International Children's Oncology Camping Association.
Camp Quality USA - PAC2 Representative - Chrissy Pergeson
The mission of Camp Quality USA is to establish and sustain nationwide community-based camping experiences and ongoing support programs for children with cancer and their families.In the USA, there are presently 15 camps established in 12 states. More than 700 children participate in our camps each summer, and many more participate in Camp Quality activities throughout the year.
Camp CoHoLo - NE
CoHoLo is an acronym for Courage, Hope and Love, the guiding principles behind the formation of Camp CoHoLo. From its humble beginnings, Camp CoHoLo now hosts 140 to 160 children each July during an eight-day camp. The summer camp is held at the Eastern Nebraska 4-H Center near Gretna. The 4-H Center features ten two-story cabins nestled within the wilderness and a large, air-conditioned lodge used for activities and meals.
Faith's Lodge - WI
Faith's Lodge provides a place where parents and families facing the serious illness or death of a child can retreat to reflect on the past, renew strength for the present, and build hope for the future. In its North Woods setting, Faith's Lodge provides a peaceful escape for families to refresh their minds and spirits while spending time with others who understand what they are experiencing.
Camp Mak-A-Dream - MT
What happens at Camp Mak-A-Dream? A lot. Our cost-free programs are designed for children, teens and young adults affected by cancer. Campers will find that it's much more than just 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.
The Kids Cancer Care Foundation - Alberta, Canada
The Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta provides safe, quality camp experiences for young people and their families affected by cancer. Our free weekend and summer camps offer kids across Alberta a chance to escape the rigours of cancer treatments for outdoor fun and adventure. Our camps are designed to meet the needs of the whole family at each stage in the cancer journey—from diagnosis through treatment and beyond. Our staff and volunteers are fully qualified and trained to meet the unique needs of young people affected by cancer. All camps are located short distances from the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary and the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton. The Kids Cancer Care Foundation also offers a summer camp for young people who have a parent with cancer. For more information or to register for camp programs, please contact Mary Phillipo at 403.984.1227 or email her.
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Childrens Oncology Camping Association
In 1982, C.O.C.A., Children's Oncology Camps of America was founded by a dozen pioneer oncology camps. The personnel from these twelve camps found the lives of children with cancer were immeasurably enhanced by camping. Noting their similar experiences, these visionary souls believed a forum should be created to share their ideas and experiences. That forum known as C.O.C.A. currently consists of over 65 member camps from within the United States.
Last updated by AJs Dad Mar 25, 2011.