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Camp Catch-A-Rainbow

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

 

REGISTRATION FOR SUMMER 2021 IS LIVE!

PLEASE READ BELOW FOR INFORMATION ABOUT OUR DIFFERENT SESSIONS

  

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. 

SUMMER 2021

We are excited to announce that we will be running both an in-person and virtual option for our campers this upcoming summer!  Both programs will take place Sunday, August 8 - Friday, August 13.  Registration is available now for our in-person programming; registration for virtual programming will be opened later in April

There will be a few changes for our in-person programming to ensure we have a SAFE and FUN Summer:

  • Capacity at camp will be reduced including total number of campers and volunteers.  Cabins will have no more than five campers each and two volunteers assigned.  
  • Each cabin will be paired with another cabin to form a "cohort" for the week.  This cohort will travel around together to assigned activities each day.  As a precautionary measure, cohorts will not directly interact with other cohorts throughout the week.  All-camp activities will still occur in a socially-distanced manner (e.g. campfires, dance parties).
  • Masks must be worn indoors at all times.  The only exceptions are in a camper's assigned cabin.  Masks may also need to be worn while outside if social distancing cannot be maintained with another cohort.  Neck gaitors, bandanas and scarves do not qualify as masks.
  • At check-in, ALL CAMPERS will receive a rapid COVID-19 test.  This test must result as negative before the camper will fully allowed to be checked in.  If the result is positive, the camper will be required to submit proof of a negative lab COVID-19 test before being allowed on camp.

You can review our current Policies and Procedures Manual by clicking here.  This document may be updated between now and the start of camp as more guidance/regulations come out.

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.

*For 2021 only, returning 16 year old campers will be able to sign up for Overnight Camp.  This change is being made so anyone who would have "aged out" in 2020 doesn't miss out on having their last year at camp be virtual.

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 2021, we have 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


Unfortunately, we are unable to offer Leader-in-Training for Summer 2021 due to the nature of the program interacting with all groups on camp.  LIT will be returning in Summer 2022.

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 Camp


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.  2021 dates TBA.

 

NEW FOR SUMMER 2021 - INTRODUCING 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!  

 

For anyone who was registered in 2019 or 2020, your camper has automatically had an account created for them in our system, and all parents were sent an email explaining how to access their account.  If you have questions on how to access your account, please call the camp office at 517-536-8607 or storer@ymcastorercamps.org

 

To register for Summer 2021, click the corresponding button below.  If are a returning 2019 or 2020 family and have set up your CampMinder account, click "RETURNING FAMILIES REGISTRATION."  For all others, click "NEW FAMILIES REGISTRATION."

 

      

 

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 is also a recipient of the Care Camps grant.

 

 

 

 

Resources


Information Flier

Volunteer Flier

Summer 2021 Policies and Procedures Manual

 

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

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