Summer Overnight Camp
The one-week overnight camp is for children ages 6 to 13 years old who have had or are currently dealing with cancer or other blood-related disorders. The goal is to put the disease aside for a short while and encourage each camper’s inner child to come out and play, enjoying a “normal” camping experience, regardless of their illness or the side effects of their treatments.
Held at Babler State Park’s Outdoor Education Center, Overnight Camp is held amid fresh air and sunshine, free from the hospital walls. The Camp Rainbow team is composed of high-school age counselors, college-age unit heads, and an adult staff, including a full medical team. Counselors work with campers on a one to one or one to two ratio, depending on the age group.
Daily camp activities include archery, arts and crafts, drama, a low ropes challenge course, fishing, music, nature, sports, and swimming. Afternoons are filled with exciting choice activities such as photography, cooking, magic, pottery, or jewelry making. With a special theme each day, such as Western Day, Superhero Day, and Circus Day, it is no surprise to see campers, counselors, and staff in full costume. Every day a broad range of enthusiastic guests such as magicians, clowns, firefighters, police, and professional athletes visit camp to join in the fun.
For one magical week each summer, Overnight Camp strives to create an environment where the campers are not burdened by their illness but rather empowered to deal with all of life’s challenges, all while having fun and “just being a kid”.