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Camps for kids with cancer

Find camps that offer cancer support for kids listed below

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.

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.

Camps for kids with cancer


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    The Zajac Ranch for Children
    A supported, therapeutic summer camp experience for campers with chronic illnesses and disabilities.

    Mission

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 7 to 40
    • Coed
    • Overnight Camp
    from $375/week
    Overnight Camp Coed 375 7-40 0 Mission
    McMICHAEL ARTVENTURE CHILDREN’S CAMPS & PROGRAMS
    Art classes, programs and camps for kids to get creative: after-school, summer camp and March break camps. Located in Vaughn, north of Toronto.

    Vaughan

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 5 to 15
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $211/week
    Day Camp Coed 211 5-15 1 Vaughan
    Harbourfront Centre Camps
    Since 1979, Harbourfront Centre Camps has provided a a unique setting in which learning and fun intersect. Our campers gain life skills through meaningful participation and in all facets of arts and contemporary culture.

    Harbourfront, Toronto

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 4 to 15
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $188/week
    Day Camp Coed 188 4-15 2 Harbourfront, Toronto
    Camp Kearney at S.O.E.S
    Camp Kearney is an overnight summer camp, near Algonquin Park and is owned and operated by Toronto District School Board. All of the programs incorporate a balance of environmental ethics, wilderness experience and fun

    Algonquin Park

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 8 to 18
    • Coed
    • Overnight Camp
    from $715/session
    Overnight Camp Coed 715 8-18 3 Algonquin Park
    Room for Learning
    We provide education/special education, behaviour, and assessment services to children and youth of all abilities.

    South Annex, Toronto

    Education (multi)
    • Ages 2 to 21
    • Coed
    • Program
    from $50/session
    Program Coed 50 2-21 4 South Annex, Toronto
    Wolf Creek Circle Square Ranch
    To encourage young lives to grow spiritually, mentally, socially, and physically in an exciting, fun filled western adventure. Start your summer adventure with Wolf Creek Circle Square Ranch!

    Regina

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 6 to 17
    • Coed, Girls, Boys
    • Overnight Camp
    from $275/week
    Overnight Camp Coed, Girls, Boys 275 6-17 5 Regina
    Focus Learning
    Build self-confidence and skills while learning and having fun! Specialized camps for academics, STE(A)M, ESL, coding, robotics, and chess. Small groups (max. 6), OCT teachers, outdoor activities & free extended care!

    Willowdale, Toronto

    Education (multi)
    • Ages 4 to 17
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $250/week
    Day Camp Coed 250 4-17 6 Willowdale, Toronto
    Muskoka Woods
    A Christian youth resort that welcomes young people to life-changing experiences. Camp guests choose from 50+ programs and activities. Creativity reigns, friendships flourish, confidence grows. FUN IS OUR TRADEMARK!

    Rosseau

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 7 to 17
    • Coed
    • Day & Overnight Camp
    from $999/week
    Day & Overnight Camp Coed 999 7-17 7 Rosseau
    PulsePlus Fitcamps
    PulsePlus Fit Camp offers challenging, safe, effective protocol based fitness activities from the inactive child to the student athlete. Programs are designed by Medical Exercise Specialists (MES) and Physiotherapists.

    Bathurst Manor/Clanton Park, Toronto; East York, Toronto; Scarborough Junction, Toronto

    Sport (multi)
    • Ages 9 to 16
    • Coed
    • Program
    from $9/session
    Program Coed 9 9-16 8 Bathurst Manor/Clanton Park, Toronto, East York, Toronto, Scarborough Junction, Toronto
    YMCA Wanakita
    1,000 acres on Koshlong Lake in the Haliburton Highlands. Co-ed, 1, 2 and 4-week overnight sessions and 1 week Day Camp sessions. We offer leadership development, a wide range of activities, friendship and fun!

    Haliburton Highlands

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 7 to 17
    • Coed
    • Day & Overnight Camp
    from $700/week
    Day & Overnight Camp Coed 700 7-17 9 Haliburton Highlands
    Camp Robin Hood
    Day Camp with the atmosphere and philosophy of a premium overnight camp! Twice-daily swim instruction, gymnastics, canoe and more. Low ratios and specialty instructors focus on life/social skills development.

    Markham

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 4 to 15
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $600/week
    Day Camp Coed 600 4-15 10 Markham
    Cedar Ridge Camp
    A traditional residential summer camp for boys and girls offering activities a variety of adventure activities including canoeing, high ropes, climbing, horseback riding swimming and more.

    Bancroft

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 7 to 16
    • Coed
    • Overnight Camp
    from $875/week
    Overnight Camp Coed 875 7-16 11 Bancroft
    Toronto Zoo - Zoo Camp
    Located at the Toronto Zoo, Zoo Camp offers unique adventures to stimulate kids' interest in the natural world. Go behind-the-scenes at Canada's largest zoo. Voted 2013 Best Day Camp in GTA - Toronto4Kids

    Rouge, Toronto

    Science: Zooology/Animals
    • Ages 4 to 16
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $265/week
    Day Camp Coed 265 4-16 12 Rouge, Toronto
    City of Markham
    Great camp experience right in your own backyard! See what the City of Markham has to offer you and your child for camps!

    Markham; Markham; Markham

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 4 to 15
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $70/week
    Day Camp Coed 70 4-15 13 Markham
    Camp Oconto
    This traditional camp for girls, in Eastern Ontario, offers numerous sports activities like tennis and swimming as well as theatre arts and more.

    Sharbot Lake

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 7 to 15
    • Girls
    • Overnight Camp
    from $1,100/week
    Overnight Camp Girls 1100 7-15 14 Sharbot Lake
    Laurus Summer Camp
    Montreal's #1 lifestyle camp in the heart of Downtown that blends fun, education and specialty training in arts, academics and sports!

    Montreal

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 3 to 15
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $200/week
    Day Camp Coed 200 3-15 15 Montreal
    Young People's Theatre/YPT
    Students entering Grades 1-12 will discover the power of their own creative voice as they create and perform a unique piece of theatre. Film making and Music theatre camps are also available for senior students.

    Willowdale, Toronto; Long Branch, Toronto; St Lawrence, Toronto

    Art : Theatre Arts
    • Ages 6 to 18
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $325/session
    Day Camp Coed 325 6-18 16 Willowdale, Toronto, Long Branch, Toronto, St Lawrence, Toronto
    Doe Lake
    Various summer, winter, and March Break camp programs offered for girls and their families.

    Doe Lake

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 5 to 17
    • Girls
    • Overnight Camp
    from $250/week
    Overnight Camp Girls 250 5-17 17 Doe Lake
    Kinark Outdoor Centre
    A northern Ontario summer camp for families and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

    Minden

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 8 to 21
    • Coed
    • Overnight Camp
    from $1/week
    Overnight Camp Coed 1 8-21 18 Minden
    Field of Dreams Baseball Camp
    An outdoor baseball day camp, with 3 incredible locations: Thornhill, Aurora & Vaughan. Our goal is to develop the baseball player as a whole, by teaching the proper skills of the game in a fun and safe camp environment.

    Vaughan; Aurora; Vaughan

    Sport: Baseball/Softball
    • Ages 6 to 14
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $185/session
    Day Camp Coed 185 6-14 19 Vaughan, Aurora
    Camp Wanapitei
    Overnight wilderness canoe-tripping camp based in Northern Ontario, paddling Ontario, Quebec and the Territories. A strong tripping program is complemented by caring staff, community focus and a diverse in-camp program.

    Temagami

    Adventure: Wilderness Out-tripping
    • Ages 7 to 18
    • Coed
    • Overnight Camp
    from $750/week
    Overnight Camp Coed 750 7-18 20 Temagami
    Science Timmins
    Founded in 1969, Science Timmins Inc. is a non-profit, charitable organization run by volunteers and governed by a community-based Board of Directors.

    Timmins Cochrane - Iroquois Falls

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 2 to 17
    • Coed
    • Program
    from $20/day
    Program Coed 20 2-17 21 Timmins Cochrane - Iroquois Falls
    Science and Technology Summer Camps UOIT
    Get a unique science and tech education in this program by the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, including LEGO Robotics, Makerspace, Coding, Minecraft. Girls only sessions, Family Camps, Educator sessions.

    Oshawa

    Science (multi)
    • Ages 7 to 15
    • Coed, Girls
    • Day Camp
    from $300/week
    Day Camp Coed, Girls 300 7-15 22 Oshawa

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