Camps for Children with Cancer or Blood Disorders
Various organizations offer camps for children and teens battling life-threatening diseases. As a CBCC patient, you are welcome to attend one or more of these special camps to have fun and meet new friends, all under the watchful and caring eyes of volunteer medical professionals and camp counselors.
Please check with your social worker or child life specialist for more information.
- Camp Discovery, established in 1984 by the American Cancer Society, is an annual weeklong camp offered free for children with cancer (ages 7-16) held in Kerrville, Texas. The main goal of Camp Discovery is to provide children with a “normal” camp experience where they can have fun, learn new skills and experience individual growth and personal development.
- Camp Rocky Ridge is an annual weekend retreat held each September at Peaceable Kingdom near Killeen, Texas. Camp is free for adolescent and teen patients who receive care at the CBCC. Campers enjoy various activities and teambuilding events, all while building supportive friendships with one another.
- Camp Cell-A-Bration is a weeklong summer camp for children with sickle cell disease and is sponsored by the Sickle Cell Association of Texas Marc Thomas Foundation. Held annually at Camp for All in Burton, Texas , the camp is offered to children (ages 6-14), with sickle cell disease.
- Camp Ailihpomeh (Hemophilia spelled backwards) provides a camping experience for boys with hemophilia (age 7-17). The experience helps boys build strong relationships with other boys with bleeding disorders and strengthen their ability to cope with the daily physical and emotional challenges of their chronic illness. The six-day camp is held at Camp John Marc in Meridian, TX, and offers various sports and fun activities for campers in a safe environment.
- The Sunshine Kids is a national non-profit organization dedicated to children with cancer and offers an annual summer camp for CBCC patients.