Fresh air, new friends, and lots of camping fun is in store for children from Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio who take part in the 2017 Camp Catch-A-Rainbow programs!
YMCA Storer Camps offers Camp Catch-A-Rainbow (CCAR), free of charge, to enrich the lives of children between four and fifteen 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.
Young Camper’s Day
A one-day program paced for younger children ages 4-6 who may not be ready for an overnight camp-out, but still want to be part of the fun. Held in conjunction with Camp Catch-A-Rainbow, Young Camper’s Day takes place August 6, 2017 at YMCA Storer Camps in Jackson, Michigan.
Camp Catch-A-Rainbow is held at YMCA Storer Camps in Jackson, Michigan for young cancer survivors ages 7-15. Camp Catch-A-Rainbow will be held August 6-11, 2017.
A Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Physician and Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Nurse Practitioner 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 Sparrow Hospital and MSU Pediatric Hematology and Oncology clinic in Lansing, MI for these more complicated medical needs.
The registration deadline for both Camp Catch-A-Rainbow and Young Camper’s Day Camper registration deadline for both camps is July 14, 2017. Late registrations may be accepted if space is available.
Volunteer Health Care Professionals and
Volunteer Counselors Needed
Staffed by volunteers, Camp Catch-A-Rainbow and Young Camper’s Day offers campers 24 hour access to health care professionals to meet their cancer care needs.
Volunteer Health Care Professionals are currently needed to act as cabin counselors to help meet the medical care needs of the participants. Volunteer positions are also available for general cabin counselors (male volunteers are especially needed). Camp Catch-A-Rainbow and Young Camper's Day Volunteers must be 21 years of age or older and able to attend a mandatory volunteer orientation August 5, 2017.
Apply to Volunteer
Volunteer application deadline is June 9, 2017. Late applications may be accepted if positions are still available and time permits for appropriate background checks and clearances.
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.