Camp Rainbow Goldbased on 0 reviews (review)
Camp Directors - Update this ListingCamp Location: Cathedral Pines, Ketchum, Idaho, United States
Cost (range): No Cost
Contact Person: Elizabeth Lizberg, Director
2676 S Vista Ave
Boise, Idaho, 83705
Administered by the American Cancer Society (ACS), Camp Rainbow Gold was established 25 years ago. Vicki Mueller, an ACS employee had heard about a grant available to create a camp. After considerable footwork, the grant was awarded. With funding in tow, what seemed a far-off notion became reality when a compassionate team led by Dr. Dave McClusky put the wheels in motion for one of the first children's oncology camps in the country.
Held annually in August at Cathedral Pines in Ketchum, Idaho, Camp Rainbow Gold oncology camp truly is a celebration of life.
The week provides nearly 85 cancer survivors with an escape from the rigors of their illness. Due to the generosity of so many Idaho residents and major fundraising events orchestrated by wonderful volunteers, this unique camp is provided free of charge to campers and their families. Additionally, camp is attended by a full medical staff and a licensed social worker in an effort to ensure the children are supported both medically and emotionally. Camp staff and volunteers are highly trained and aim to provide a fun, safe and caring community for the children.
As the decades progressed and the bonds between Camp Rainbow Gold and the community strengthened, the need for family services and year-round programs became evident. Simply put, one week just wasn't enough. Just like the children, parents also need a break from the rigors of a cancer diagnosis. Siblings often feel pushed aside and also need validation and encouragement. A Junior Counselor Program has grown over the years to provide a natural transition for campers and others who have turned 18 and still want to be a part of the Camp Rainbow Gold family. Dr. McClusky's original vision has transcended to a year-round program to include camps for siblings and families as well as other support and events throughout the year.
Camp Rainbow Gold is supported by an American Cancer Society team as well as more than 200 volunteers from around Idaho and has been accredited through the American Camp Association since 2002.