Camp Grey Dove

Any Baby Can offers a summer camp for siblings of children diagnosed with cancer, which helps kids learn coping skills while making friends and having fun.

PROGRAM DETAILS

When a child is diagnosed with cancer, the whole family is affected. Siblings may experience feelings of sadness, jealousy and guilt.

Camp Grey Dove is a week-long summer camp designed for kids with a sibling who has or had cancer. Campers benefit from meeting other kids who understand what it’s like to have a brother or sister diagnosed with cancer, as well as opportunities to make new friends, try new things, and “take a break” from family stress.

Typically, the camp has traditional summer camp activities like swimming, a ropes course, scavenger hunts, archery and a talent show. However, due to COVID-19, the 2021 camp will be a virtual camp experience. Children and youth will receive a box with a T-shirt, materials, snacks and a schedule of activities. The camp will have interactive activities online, as well as independent activities at home and family activities.

Camper Qualifications

  • Campers must be 7-15 years old, as of July 1 before camp begins
  • Camper's family participates in Candlelighters Childhood Cancer program
  • Affected siblings may have cancer, be in remission, or have passed away
  • Priority will be given to first-time campers and bereaved

Benefits

  • Process anxiety and grief with licensed therapists
  • Learn coping skills
  • Make friends who “get it”
  • A special experience just for siblings
  • Have fun!
  • English- and Spanish-speaking counselors are available

APPLY TODAY!

Space is limited – don't wait to submit your application.

If you have any questions about Camp Grey Dove, contact Jade.Santiago@anybabycan.org.

  • Camp Date

    June 28-July 2, 2021

  • Location

    Online camp experience

  • Fees

    There is no cost to attend Camp Grey Dove. 

Camper applications closed on June 4, 2021.

BECOME A CAMP COUNSELOR

Camp Grey Dove counselors play a key role in creating and facilitating a welcoming experience for campers.

Counselors work with Any Baby Can and Peaceable Kingdom staff, and receive a small stipend. During the week-long camp, counselors help campers get the most of their experience, while ensuring a fun, safe environment.

Applications are reviewed and counselors selected based on their skills and experience, a desire to work with children affected by cancer, previous camp experience, and availability.

For information about camp counselors, contact Jade.Santiago@anybabycan.org.

Camp counselors must be 18 years of age by June 1 in order to apply. Counselors should be available for the entire week and attend an in-person training in Austin in late May.

If you’re 15-17 years of age as of June 1 and you have a sibling who has had cancer, you may be eligible to become a Counselor in Training (CIT)!

"The camp was really fun. It was a relief to be with kids my age who understood what I was going through."

Feysi, Camp Grey Dove camper and volunteer counselor

(2019)

"My son loves Camp Grey Dove. We so appreciate giving him a time to feel special and take a break from family stress."

Parent of Camp Grey Dove camper

(2018)

“This camp will forever and always hold a very special place in my heart.”

Parent of Camp Grey Dove camper

(2018)

Special Thanks to
Our Camp Sponsor