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Camps for kids with cancer

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Cancer is a horrifying disease but camps specializing in cancer offer a respite, with fresh air, fellow feeling with other campers. Counselors are specially trained to deal with children suffering from leukemia, lymphoma and other forms of the disease. Spending time at camp is a good experience for kids and family, as they leave hospitals and nursing for a time to have fun outdoors.

Camps for kids with cancer

Children and teens aged 5-17 who have had a cancer diagnosis are eligible to participate, whether in or out of treatment. All children must have the approval of their physicians to attend. Other activities at cancer camps might include swimming, photography, board games, magic tricks, campfires, hiking, horseback riding, boating and more. The social interaction and closeness with other children with a similar condition allow them to see that they are not alone in their struggle. The support and camaraderie at cancer camps is quite unlike that at other camps.

Cancer camps or retreats are made accessible to as many people as possible at low or no cost. Specially trained counselors who all share the mission of giving the campers a safe and fun-filled time at the camp staff cancer camps. Campers are delighted to get the rare opportunity to leave behind their hospital visits for a while and enjoy themselves with other campers in a fun-filled environment.

Medical professionals and counselors are available at all times and staff members make sure that campers take necessary medications. Most cancer camps offer full-time care for people with special needs, and some include oncology doctors and nurses who provide medical care to campers when necessary. Children who need chemotherapy or a blood test can get treatment right on campus at some cancer camps. Each child is evaluated daily and monitored thoroughly. A medical history of the cancer patient is maintained by the doctors at these cancer camps so as to give campers the best treatment and care.

Camps listed below can offer more detail about their facilities and programs.

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Northern Kawartha Lakes Camp Kirk

Summer camp for children with special needs offering various activities including martial arts, leadership building, swimming and many other sports in a non-competitive and nurturing environment.  [ view profile ]

Special Needs
  • Ages 6 to 13
  • Overnight Camp
  • Coed
  • $1,262 to $1,350
,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13, 1262-1350
Barrie
Kelowna, British Columbia
Venture Academy Summer Program for Troubled Teens

Supportive & therapeutic educational environment for struggling students. Assessment, education, life skills and outdoor activities. Earn school credit, acquire skills & stay safe!  [ view profile ]

Special Needs
  • Ages 13 to 18
  • Overnight Camp
  • Coed
  • Varies
,13,14,15,16,17,18, 0-0
Sharbot Lake Camp Kennebec

An amazing summer camp experience for campers with special needs. All the fun of camp, with supportive and experience staff to give your camper the summer of their life! The focus is on fun first!  [ view profile ]

Special Needs
  • Ages 6 to 22
  • Overnight Camp
  • Coed
  • $1,500 to $2,500
,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22, 1500-2500
Throughout Ontario
Tichborne, Ontario
Minden, Ontario
Camp Awakening

Integrated summer camps, leadership & outdoor recreation programs for youth with physical disabilities. Programs across the province for campers 9-24 years.  [ view profile ]

Special Needs
  • Ages 9 to 24
  • Overnight Camp
  • Coed, All Girls, All Boys
  • Varies
,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24, 0-0
Minden Kinark Outdoor Centre

A northern Ontario summer camp for families and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  [ view profile ]

Special Needs
  • Ages 8 to 21
  • Day & Overnight Camp
  • Coed
  • Varies
,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21, 2015-04-27 0-0
Belleville Heartfit Respite

Welcome to Heartfit Farm Holidays, a non profit program for adults 14+ with developmental differences.  [ view profile ]

Special Needs
  • Ages 14 to 65
  • Overnight Camp
  • Coed
  • $1,550
,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30,31,32,33,34,35,36,37,38,39,40,41,42,43,44,45,46,47,48,49,50,51,52,53,54,55,56,57,58,59,60,61,62,63,64,65, 1550-0
Parry Sound Camp Kodiak

Integrated residential summer camp for children & teens with and without ADHD, LD, NLD and AS. Social skills program, academic program and 50+ activities.  [ view profile ]

Special Needs
  • Ages 6 to 18
  • Overnight Camp
  • Coed
  • $1,239 to $1,425
,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18, 1239-1425
New York The Gow School Summer Program

A New York summer camp where kids with special needs participate in horseback riding, swimming and more, including overnight camping.  [ view profile ]

Special Needs
  • Ages 8 to 16
  • Day & Overnight Camp
  • Coed
  • $3,800 to $7,300 USD
,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16, 3800-7300
Session Name Specialty Date Age/Type Cost Start Cost Age Description Activities
3- day fall school programs
Kinark Outdoor Centre
Aspergers Syndrome Sep 07-Nov 13 Ages 8 - 16
Coed
Overnight
$65 2015-09-07 65-65 ,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,

Through the sring and fall Kinark Outdoor Center offers residential leadership, adventure, education, team-building, and discovery-based experiences. We cater to elementary and secondary ages. The KOC staff team is a professional, fun, safe, and extremely well trained group. The KOC program coordinators will plan every detail of your trip so as to achieve your goals and exceed your expectations. Price varies based on size of your group.


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