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.
Camp Grey Dove will not take place on June 8-12, 2020 as originally planned. Affected families will receive updates with alternate plans. If you have any questions, please contact Jade at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, overnight summer camp designed for kids with a sibling who has or had cancer. Campers benefit from being around 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.
The camp has traditional summer camp activities like swimming, a ropes course, scavenger hunts, archery and a talent show. In addition, there are therapeutic programs and group counseling that help campers process their experiences. The therapy is fun and age-appropriate, with activities, crafts and games that get kids to open up, explore emotions, and learn coping skills.
- Campers must be 7-14 years old, as of June 1 before camp begins
- Campers 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
- 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
Space is limited – don't wait to submit your application.
To be considered, you must submit a camper application, an immunization record, and a pre-camp survey (emailed to you after the application is received).
If you have any questions about Camp Grey Dove, contact Jade.Santiago@anybabycan.org.
June 8-12, 2020
Peaceable Kingdom Retreat Center for Children
There is no cost to attend Camp Grey Dove. Campers are required to bring some supplies, like bed sheets and a towel. Financial assistance may be available.
Applications are now closed for 2020
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.
Applications are now closed for 2020.
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)!