Summer camps are currently the heart of our program. Each camp offers children or young adults the chance to grow, belong, and rejuvenate while surrounded by peers who understand the impacts of childhood cancer.
Our camps serve an overall population of campers aged 7-25 across two distinct programs:
- Camp Goodtimes: our flagship, week-long resident camp for campers aged 7-17. Each summer, we hold two sessions at Camp Burton on Vashon Island, one in June and one in July. Eligible campers must be a cancer patient (either on- or off-treatment) or a sibling of a cancer patient (including bereaved siblings).
- Kayak Adventure Camp: this young adult camp gives childhood cancer survivors aged 18-25 the opportunity to push their limits and independence in a week-long kayak adventure in the San Juan Islands.
We need the help of hundreds of people to make camp happen each year, including multi-day and single day time commitments:
- Camp Staff: with camper to staff ratios of 5:1, we need an average of 70 individuals each camp session to donate 9 days of their time to be our full-time staff at Camp Goodtimes. We recruit candidates dedicated to caring for the wellbeing of our campers while also having the time of their life.
- Single-Day Volunteers: in addition to our full-time, non-paid staff, we rely on the generosity of 100+ individuals who give between 2–8 hours of their time to help with activities, check in, and set up.
All of our camps are no cost to the participant or family and are made possible through donations.
BENEFITS OF CAMP
We know first hand the positive benefits that a camp experience can have on children dealing with cancer. But don't just trust our word for it. The American Camp Association (ACA) published its own findings entitled, "Children with Cancer: Positive Benefits of Camp."
By the numbers
- 250 campers served each year
- 150 full-time staff volunteers hired
- 210 gallons of water drank
- 55 bottles of hand sanitizer used
- 60 miles paddled
- 400 meals eaten
- 15 cases of whip cream thrown
- $1,500 needed to enroll 1 camper
- 1,200 yards of blue tape
- 800 s'mores cooked
- 200+ day-of volunteers welcomed
- 1,000's of laughs, smiles, and good times