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Camp Catch-A-Rainbow

Fresh air, new friends, and lots of camping fun!




YMCA Storer Camps offers Camp Catch-A-Rainbow (CCAR), free of charge, to enrich the lives of children between four and seventeen years old who are being treated for cancer or who are in remission from cancer. 

Camp Catch-A-Rainbow provides the opportunity for children to simply have a good time and enjoy the experience of exercise, recreation, and companionship through activities paced to meet the needs of kids with cancer.  Campers enjoy swimming, archery, horseback riding, high adventure ropes courses, arts and crafts, canoeing, and much more.  All campers are able to experience Camp Catch-A-Rainbow at no-cost through the generosity of donors and grants.  

2022 Dates

Overnight Camp: Sunday, June 19 - Friday, June 24
Young Campers' Day: Sunday, June 19
Leader-in-Training: Sunday, June 19 - Friday, June 24
Family Weekend: Friday, October 14 - Sunday, October 16


Click the name of each program below to learn more.


Program Information

Overnight Camp - Ages 7-15*

A one-week program for children ages 7-15.  Volunteers and YMCA staff serve as counselors and program leaders; all volunteers and staff are at least 18 years old and background checked.  Along with traditional summer camp activities, campers will enjoy special programs such as an afternoon carnival, DJ dance party and visits by special guests.

Young Campers Day - Ages 4-8*

A one-day program for children ages 4-8.  All the excitement of overnight camp trimmed down into one day.  Campers have the opportunity to do arts and crafts, ride a pony, go swimming and more.  At the end of the day, all campers are given a certificate of accomplishment and their entire family is invited to join the overnight campers for dinner.

*For 2022, we have again expanded the age range from 4-6 to 4-8 for Young Campers' Day.  This change is being made to better accommodate the needs of our younger campers who may not be ready to return to a full week of Overnight Camp this year.

Leader-in-Training - Ages 16 & 17

An advanced program to give teens life skills to be used at camp and beyond.  LIT participants will have opportunities to interview camp staff and volunteers, have daily workshops and plan camp programming.  All interested individuals must complete an application and interview; application to the program does not guarantee acceptance.


Staffed by volunteers, Camp Catch-A-Rainbow offers campers 24 hour access to health care professionals to meet their cancer care needs. Camp Catch-A-Rainbow seeks volunteers to fill two primary roles:

Medical Volunteers: Help meet the medical needs of all participants. Supervise the administration of medication to all participants and tend to first-aid needs. Must have a medical license in the state of Michigan and be up-to-date on CPR/BLS.

General Volunteers: Assist in the implementation of camp programs. Duties may include serving as a cabin counselor, assignments with campers who need individualized attention and day-today logistics.

Preference is given to volunteers 21 year of age or older. Applicants 18 or older with at least 1 year of college or work experience post high school may be considered.  Click here to apply to be a CCAR Volunteer.

Family Weekend 

A weekend getaway for campers and their families!  We welcome campers' immediate families to experience the wonders of camp with a little fall twist.  Activities, lodging, meals and more are all FREE for families.  Family Weekend takes place Friday, October 14 - Sunday, October 16, 2022.

Click here for the Family Weekend Registration form.

Click here for more information about Family Weekend.



YMCA Storer Camps is pleased to announce a new online registration system for Summer Camp through CampMinder!  This new registration system will be your one stop-shop for everything you will need to get your camper set for this upcoming summer at camp.  Along with registration, any necessary camp forms (e.g. Health Form, Authorized Grown-Ups form, Cabin Mate Requests) will all be housed in your CampMinder account!  
If your camper attended any Camp Catch-A-Rainbow program in 2021, please select the "RETURNING FAMILIES REGISTRATION" option.  For new campers, please select the "NEW FAMILIES REGISTRATION" option.





Medical Care

A Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Physician and Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Nurse direct a well-equipped health center to ensure that each camper will have proper care in case of an accident or illness. Additionally, there are medical professionals (physician, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, or registered nurse) assigned to each cabin, 24 hours a day, to meet the medical needs of each camper. The medical professionals will administer general medications, chemotherapy as needed, take blood counts and coordinate any special dietary needs. More complicated needs such as blood transfusions are coordinated between the Medical Director and Nursing Director and a camper’s “home” hematologist/oncologist and parents. Camp Catch-A-Rainbow partners with Henry Ford Allegiance Health in Jackson, MI for these more complicated medical needs.



YMCA Storer Camps is able to provide Camp Catch-A-Rainbow free of charge to campers and their families because of the generous donations we receive. Help us keep building rainbows for children who need them by designating a donation to Camp Catch-A-Rainbow today. 

Donate here!



Camp Catch-A-Rainbow is a member of COCA-I (Children’s Oncology Camping Association| International) whose mission is to strengthen the international community of camps for children with cancer and their families through networking, advocacy, education and other resources.

Camp Catch-A-Rainbow partners with many organizations to meet the needs of campers, families and volunteers.  These organizations include Care Camps Foundation, the ProMedica Foundation and Children's Foundation.






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