Our mission is to provide a safe and fun camping experience for children with cancer and their siblings.
This year Sibling Camp is June 16-20, 2019.
Week One of Patient Camp is August 4-10, 2019.
Week 2 of Patient Camp is August 11-17, 2019.
Our Camp Philosophy: Can Do
The treatment of children with cancer has improved dramatically in the past twenty years with increasing numbers of children surviving and growing into adulthood. This hopeful outlook for children with cancer means that the focus of treatment had to shift from dealing with an acute disease usually ending in death, to dealing with a chronic illness and long term survival.
The child, not the disease, becomes paramount. The goal becomes not only the cure, but a child cured of cancer who is also emotionally, socially, and intellectually healthy. Children with cancer are encouraged to lead “normal” lives. They go to school, play with friends, participate in sports; in short, they do all of the things that their healthy peers do.
Why then a special camp for children with cancer? Recognizing that they share the same needs, expectations, and desires of healthy children is vitally important. That does not negate the fact however, that there is another dimension to the lives of children with cancer that can best be understood by and shared with other children diagnosed with cancer.
While Camp Can-Do has no formal sessions designed to educate or share feelings about cancer, the disease is woven into the fabric of daily life at camp. Here, amidst the daily activities, children feel free to reminisce with others who have had similar experiences … about hearing the diagnosis the first time, about feeling sick, losing their hair, the reactions of friends or the myriad of other issues that that are unique to children with cancer. At Camp Can-Do, children have the opportunity to be themselves and to have fun.