A variety of kids' cancer camps offer children with cancer — and those who have survived cancer — a chance to spend time during the summer with others who share their experiences. Some kids' cancer camps are for patients as well as their families.
As summer approaches, consider attending one of the AYA camps and retreats available to those on and off treatment for cancer. I2y provides an excellent summary of programs.
Camp Mak-A-Dream, located in Gold Creek, Montana, offers sessions for cancer patients and their siblings. The kids' cancer camp, which also has a young adult conference for 18- to 23-year-olds, occupies 87 acres on a working Montana cattle ranch and includes a fully accessible swimming pool, art building and ropes course.
Camp Simcha, a kosher camp for children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses, is located on 125 acres in Glen Spey, New York. The camp is one of the many services provided by Chai Lifeline.
Camp Sunshine, a camp for the entire family located in South Casco, Maine, provides respite, professional counseling and recreational opportunities for families facing the physical, emotional and financial strain of a child with a critical illness. There is no charge for families to attend; however, the camp has specific family acceptance guidelines.
Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, founded by Paul Newman, serves children between the ages of 7 and 15 who have been diagnosed with cancer or serious blood disorders. Located in Ashford, Connecticut, this camp is free.
Ronald McDonald Camp, located in Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains, is an overnight kids' cancer camp for kids with cancer and their siblings. Children ages 7 to 17 who have completed cancer treatment or who are still undergoing therapy are eligible to attend. Transportation is provided. The camp, which is run by The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Oncology division staff, provides 24-hour on-site medical coverage and a fully equipped infirmary.
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