Camp Hope - Heartland is a 501c(3) nonprofit camp whose goal is to provide a normal, active and safe camp experience where children can celebrate life beyond a cancer diagnosis. It takes place at Camp Aldrich near Claflin, Kansas June 16-22, 2019. Camp hope was started in 1983 by Donna Brown who lost two precious children to cancer (Kyle and Melanie). Camp Hope is open to children & teens between ages of 5-17 years of age who have or have had cancer. A day camp is offered for ages 4 or for youth unable to attend the the full week of camp. Camp Hope is FREE for all attendees. It costs approximately 41,000 per camper for the week. Campers coome from Kansas, Oklahoma and Missouri.
Camp Hope is unique. It assists camper’s needs through a fully functional, on-site medical team 24-hours a day.Volunteers come from as far as Alaska and return year after year. Some of the campersreturn as volunteers when they become adults.It takes approximately 120 volunteers to run the camp. The campers enjoy traditional summer camp activities including, but not limited to swimming, bowling, golf, fishing, hiking, archery, arts, crafts, photography, and more.
Camp Hope is a time for children to be with peers who have or have had similiar life-altering illnesses and in a setting that lets them forget about their cancer, enjoy normal activities, and enjoy one of the best weeks of their lives. It gives them a sense of empowerment, self-determination anfd self-esteem. Some campers return year after year.