Summer Day Camp
Held at Babler State Park in Wildwood, Missouri
Beginning in June, 1997, we added the one-week day camp for 4 to 6 years olds which is held during the same week as overnight camp from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The camp is specifically designed to meet the unique needs of younger children who are battling cancer or blood related disorders. While they may not yet be ready for a week-long overnight stay, our eager 4, 5 and 6-year-olds still benefit from the fun and excitement of a typical week at camp.
Day Camp is held at the same location as Overnight Camp. An experienced Camp Director and dedicated young adult staff oversee these active and creative youngsters, giving constant, nearly one-on-one attention to each camper. A full medical staff is always on hand for immediate as well as ongoing medical needs.
Campers participate in age-appropriate activities such as arts and crafts, drama, music, nature exploration, sports, swimming, and much more. They follow the daily themes of the Overnight Camp and integrate these themes into many of their activities. Embracing the opportunity to be “kids” and not “patients”, our youngest campers really enjoy the special visitors each day, especially the clowns, magicians, and the firefighters with their hook-and-ladder trucks!
As with the Overnight Camp, our most important consideration is always the health and well-being of our youngest campers. We feel it is the perfect introduction to Overnight Camp for the little ones, most of who leave Day Camp excited to return the following summer for the sleepover camp!
For one magical week each summer, Overnight Camp strives to create an environment where the campers are not burdened by their illness but rather empowered to deal with all of life’s challenges, all while having fun and “just being a kid”.