Welcome To Special Days Camps! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Sunday, 20 March 2011 16:44

Special Days Camps offers activities of a "normal" camp, adapted to meet the special needs of our campers. Programs include all of the traditional elements of a camp; arts and crafts, swimming, horseback riding, boating and campfires. Campers are given the opportunity to challenge themselves and develop life skills as they move through our programs.

Our activities are intentionally designed to promote self-esteem, confidence, friendships, teamwork and leadership in a camp environment that is medically supervised and filled with support, understanding, fun and laughter. Developing these skills can help them successfully meet the challenges of treatment, school, work and family.

After attending Special Days, campers bring home more than just dirty laundry... they bring home unforgettable memories and long-lasting friendships. They bring home tales of tasks accomplished that before were thought of as unattainable. They come home feeling more confident in themselves and more secure with their illness. It is amazing how one week at Special Days Camps can truly make a difference in their lives!

 

Last Updated on Sunday, 18 September 2011 14:57
 
2014 Camp Dates PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 02 December 2009 20:57

Partners Summer Camp 2014: Sunday, August 3th - Sunday, August 10th

Special Days Summer Camp 2014: Sunday, August 10th - Saturday, August 16th

  • We are excited you may be interested in sending your child to camp this winter!  Applications are available to download from our website.  We expect to fill our programs this winter and possibly have a wait list for some age groups so encourage you fill out your application and return it as soon as possible.
  • Are you at least 19 years of age and interested in joining our volunteer staff?  Interested staff members may download an application on our website. Included in the application packet is information about the positions and opportunities available.

 

 

Last Updated on Sunday, 30 March 2014 17:06
 
Partner Organizations PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 30 March 2014 17:36

Special Days Camps is proud to be partners with many wonderful organizations that service families that have been affected by childhood cancer.  For a full list please take a moment and look at the links we have provided to many local and national programs.  There are two specific organizations that we wish to highlight and we invite you to learn more about them by visiting their websites.

C.O.C.A.I.: In 1982, C.O.C.A., Children's Oncology Camps of America was founded by a dozen pioneer oncology camps including Special Days Camps.  Personnel from these twelve camps found the lives of children with cancer were immeasurably enhanced by camping.  Nothing 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 US, Canadian provinces and camps located as far away as New Zealand.  In 1996, C.O.C.A. officially changed it's name to Children's Oncology Camping Association, International, to incorporate the camps outside of the United States.  Each year C.O.C.A. recognizes it's members camps for excellence and we are proud to say that Special Days Camps has met all the requirements to be a Gold Member Camp and has received numerous awards for it's programming and volunteer recognition.

KOA Care Camps:  They say "yes" and more importantly they do something about it.  Their mission is to allow children to enjoy the joy, healing and freedom that comes from attending specialized summer camps where they can just be themselves. Surrounded by other kids they like to swim, go on hikes, sing songs and create memories that help them get through the tough times.  They heal physically and emotionally, and hope flourishes.  Each year Special Days Camps receives critical funding from KOA Care Camps and we invite you to make a difference by donating to them today.

Last Updated on Sunday, 30 March 2014 19:14
 
Winter Camp 2014 Photos PDF Print E-mail
Written by Tammy Willis   
Friday, 24 January 2014 22:36

Even with the cold winter winds, campers and staff are having a blast at Winter Camp 2014. We kept warm Friday evening in the dining hall with some zany games of Zingo Bingo! and then followed by a variety of village activities.

Check out photos from the weekend.

 

 
Our Camping Programs PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 27 February 2008 17:01

All children are special, but, when cancer strikes a child, that child and their siblings have very special needs.

For children with cancer or leukemia....Special Days Camps provides a medically supervised place to come How do you feel?and enjoy normal childhood camp activities in a healthy, outdoor setting - under the care of skilled medical personnel. Those in treatment are given every chance to participate in all activities. Campers find friends and counselors who understand their special experiences, concerns and dreams.  They experience a sense of freedom and possibility of the great outdoors, and grow stronger and healthier each day.

For the brothers and sisters of children with cancer....When a child is diagnosed with cancer it becomes a family experience.  No one is spared the stress associated with this illness.  Childhood cancer can become an overwhelming experience for the healthy sibling(s).  As the family attempts to adjust to the uncertanity of the child's prognosis and demands of treatment, the special needs of the siblings can be unrecognized or inadvertently neglected.  Siblings have identified feeling "left out", noting that they at times feel parents are preoccupied with the ill child.

We believe that siblings need a chance to meet peers their own age who understand what they are going through and, for a time, be the center of attention.

Brothers and sisters of the ill child are invited to attend camp.  Each weeklong summer session or winter weekend offers the same quality camp opportunities for growth, friendships and support as their siblings experience.

For children ages 5 and 6 who want to 'try out' camp....Special Days Investigators Camp gently introduces them to the wonderment of camp - and gives moms and dads a much-needed break.

A reunion for all....Special Days Winter Camp is a time for all campers to spend some outdoor winter fun with new and old friends. Snow, or no snow, winter camp is a non-stop blitz of fun!

Activities and challenges for all ages....Campers at Special Days are grouped into age-appropriate Villages where they will learn about friendship, enthusiasm, responsibility, respect, teamwork, and leadership.

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Last Updated on Sunday, 18 September 2011 16:30
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