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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 and register by visiting the CampMinder link below.

 

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.

Virtual Camp - Ages 4-17


Virtual camp is a blend of programs happening at camp (e.g. a virtual horse back ride with a cabin group that is at camp, visiting the reptile room with a cabin group) and some virtual-only activities.  Participants will all be sent home a "camp at home" box with items to help follow along with the week.  Virtual Camp will run from Monday, June 19 - Friday, June 24.  We strongly encourage all of our Young Campers' Day participants to join along as well as anyone who may be interested in coming to Camp Catch-A-Rainbow in future years.  Not only will this be a fun week for them as participants, but participants will be able to get a better feel for camp and be more comfortable coming as campers in future years.

Volunteers


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.

 

REGISTERING FOR CAMP THROUGH CAMPMINDER

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.
 

      

 

CLICK HERE TO APPLY TO BE A CAMP CATCH-A-RAINBOW VOLUNTEER

 

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.

 

Donations

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!

 

Affiliations

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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Questions?  Contact us at ccar@ymcastorercamps.org or call our office at 517-536-8607.

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