Summer Overnight Camp (In the News)
Camp Rainbow is a week-long sleepover camp for children ages 6 to 13 who have had or are currently living with cancer or other blood-related disorders. The goal of Camp Rainbow is to enable these children to have a “normal” camping experience, regardless of their illness or the side effects of their treatments.
Camp is held at the Outdoor Education Center at Babler State Park. The all-volunteer staff is composed of high-school age counselors, college-age unit heads, and an adult staff, including a full medical staff. The counselors work with the campers on a one to one or one to three basis, depending on the age of the camper.
Daily camp activities include archery, arts and crafts, drama, a low ropes challenge course, fishing, music, nature, sports, and swimming. Afternoons have exciting choice activities such as photography, cooking, magic, pottery, or jewelry making. With a special theme each day, such as Western Day, Superhero Day, and Circus Day, it is no surprise to see campers, counselors, and staff in full costume. Every day a broad range of enthusiastic guests such as magicians, clowns, firefighters, police, and professional athletes visit camp to join in on the fun. Each evening has special activities like square dancing, live music, a movie night, and a DJ’s dance. At least once during camp, our staff take the oldest campers on an “off-campus” outing.
For one week each summer, Camp Rainbow strives to create an environment where the campers can be relieved of the everyday stress caused by their illness, and where they can meet and have fun with other children going through the same life experiences as themselves. After a week here, each camper, counselor, and staff volunteer proudly cheers "We Are Camp Rainbow!”