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Camp Catch-A-Rainbow

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

 

 

Summer 2020 Update

Programming for Summer 2020 is shifting from in-person at camp to virtually at home.  Virtual camp programming will be posted on the Camp Catch-A-Rainbow Facebook page through the week of August 3 – 7.  The exact details of that programming is still being worked out, but we have a dedicated group of volunteers and staff designing an incredibly fun week.  

Please visit this page specifically concerning Camp Catch-A-Rainbow Summer 2020 programming.

 

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. 

Click the name of each program below to learn more and register.

 

Information & Registration

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 4-6


A one-day program for children ages 4-6.  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.

Leader-in-Training - Ages 16 & 17


A one-week program for children ages 16 & 17.  Participants will gain leadership skills through a planned curriculum and opportunities to develop program activities.  All participants must complete an application to be in the program and are accepted after an interview.

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.

Family Camp


The excitement of a full week of camp condensed into one weekend!  We invite campers of our three summer programs back and our volunteers for this wonderful weekend, and their entire family is welcomed to join!  Activities include arts & crafts, stopping by our critter room, climbing our rock tower and a special guest entertainer Saturday night.

Family Camp 2020 will be held October 9-11.

 

Medical Care

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 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 KOA Care Camps grant.

 

 

 

 

Resources

Camper Flier
Volunteer Flier
Information Sheet
Downloadable Camper Registration Forms

 

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

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