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programs

camp hope
June 9-14,2024

Campers

​Program Overview

  • 5 nights, 6 days (Sunday-Friday) of camp free of charge to families at Timber Point Outdoor Center on Lake Bloomington- an ACA accredited and fully accessible campground.

  • Children ages 6-16 who have or had cancer, sickle cell disease, or other catastrophic illnesses.

  • LIT (Leader in Training) Program ages 17+

  • Day Camp for kids ages 5+ or patients that are unable to sleep overnight at camp.

We provide:

  • School of Nursing students in cabins with campers as extra layer of support.

  • 24/7 onsite security

  • On-site staff support from child life and/or mental health professionals to help campers and to assist counselors during difficult conversations.

  • Age-appropriate and engaging medical education by RNs or Certified Child Life Specialists.

  • Memorial Service with activities and support for those friends/campers that did not survive.

Mission

Children battling cancer, blood diseases or other life-threatening illnesses miss out on the experiences most take for granted. As a result of the disease and its treatment, these children are often immunosuppressed or medically fragile making them especially vulnerable at school, activities, or events with their peers. Some may not interact with peers for years at a time, resulting in stunted social emotional growth and development. The mission of the founding Camp Hope program is to provide these children with a week that is free of the stress of treatment, a lasting community of others who understand their unique struggles, and resources to cope with their illness and recovery.

Campers playing football

Activity Highlights

Arts & Crafts

Boating

Canoeing

Climbing wall

Fishing

Giant swing

Hiking

Horseback riding

Medical education

Swimming

Target sports

Ziplining

Spring aya (young adult) retreat
May 3-5, 2024

Boat ride group

Program Overview

  • Weekend retreats for adolescents and young adults diagnosed with cancer, a blood disease, or another life-threatening illness.

  • The program is free of charge at Timber Pointe Outdoor Center on Lake Bloomington- an ACA accredited, fully accessible campground.

We provide:

  • Weekend retreat, (Friday- Sunday) free of charge for young adults ages 18-39 with cancer, blood diseases, or another catastrophic illness.

  • Patients may choose to bring a friend/sibling ages 18-39.  

  • On-site round the clock staff support from mental health professionals.

  • Workshops tailored specifically to AYA relevant concerns such as college and career, relationships, fertility, independence, financial, etc.

  • Teambuilding and challenge course activities.

  • Opportunities for AYAs to connect, support one another, tell their story, and laugh together again, building and strengthening relationships. 

Mission

Adolescents and Young Adults (AYA’s) with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses are at risk for anxiety and depression due to disruption in their developmental trajectory, greater physical symptom burden, and increased likelihood of developing aggressive diseases. Our mission is to connect teens and young adults through meaningful camp activities to build relationships and provide relevant information and resources to help them navigate their disease and its long-term side effects.

Young Adult group silly

Activity Highlights

Arts & Crafts

Fishing

Boating

Canoeing

Climbing wall

Cooking

Giant swing

Hiking

Yoga and Wellness

Medical education

Resources on topics relevant to young adults

Campfires

Ziplining

bereavement retreats
Please help start this much needed program with a donation today!

Nurse with camper

Program Overview

  • Weekend retreats and supportive programming for families who have lost a child to cancer, a blood disease, or another life-threatening illness.

  • The program is free of charge at Timber Pointe Outdoor Center on Lake Bloomington- an ACA accredited, fully accessible campground.

  • Families who have lost a child or sibling to cancer, a blood disease, or another catastrophic illness. 

  • This program is still in the planning stages and requires your support and funding to help out these families!

We provide:

  • Weekend retreat, (Friday- Sunday) free of charge to bereaved families held at Timber Pointe Outdoor Center on Lake Bloomington- an ACA accredited, fully accessible campground. 

  • Families whose child has died of cancer, a blood disease or another catastrophic illness

  • On-site round the clock support from mental health professionals

  • Workshops for couples, individuals, and siblings to creatively learn to manage their grief. 

  • Age-appropriate and engaging grief education by Licensed Therapists and Certified Child Life Specialists.

  • Teambuilding and challenge course activities.

  • Memorial service with legacy and memory making projects.

  • An opportunity for bereaved families to join a lifelong supportive community.

Mission

Through Bereavement Camp retreats, families struggling with the loss of a child or sibling can find a community of support and understanding through their similar experiences. Our mission is to remember and honor the child lost, and to reconnect families by developing relationships through the meaningful activities of camp. A family that plays together stays together.  

Nurse with campers

Activity Highlights

Arts & Crafts

Fishing

Boating

Legacy projects

Climbing wall

Celebration of Life Memorial

Giant swing

Hiking

Horseback riding

Therapeutic Activities

Family bereavement resources

Target sports

Ziplining

Konnect camp

Camper friends

Program Overview

  • One week per year devoted to fun, friendships and support for kids whose parents have or had cancer.

  • Supportive programming provided throughout the year for both children and parents/patients.

  • The program is free of charge at Timber Pointe Outdoor Center on Lake Bloomington- an ACA accredited, fully accessible campground.

  • Children ages 6-16 with a parent who has or has had cancer are encouraged to join this lifelong community of support.

  • This program is still in the planning stages and requires your support and funding to help out these children!

We provide:

  • On-site round the clock support from mental health professionals to help campers and assist counselors during difficult conversations.

  • Age-appropriate and engaging medical education by Certified Child Life Specialists.

  • Connection programming for the parents of the campers.

  • Opportunities for kids to have fun and smile again with other kids who understand

  • Celebration of Life/Memorial Service, legacy activities, and support for those whose parents did not survive.

  • Special events and fun programming.

Mission

Children with a parent battling cancer or those who have lost a parent to cancer are left with little in the way of resources and support. The family’s time and finances are dedicated to treatment, making the child’s activities less of a priority. They often don’t understand the situation and are left alone with anxiety, fear, and grief. The mission of our Konnect program is to provide these children with a week that is free of pressure and stress, a lasting community of others who understand their unique struggles, and resources to cope going forward.

Camper friends

Activity Highlights

Arts & Crafts

Boating

Canoeing

Climbing wall

Fishing

Giant swing

Hiking

Horseback riding

Medical education

Swimming

Target sports

Ziplining

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