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.
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.
- 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
- 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.
June 28-July 2, 2021
Online camp experience
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)!