Who may attend?
Any child with cancer and their siblings, ages 6 to 17 years, are welcome at Happiness Is Camping. Summer Camp is for children age 6-15 years, the Counselor and Mentorship Program is for 16-year-old children, and College Prep Camp is for 17-year-old children.
What are the COVID-19 vaccination requirements to attend?
Everyone ages 5 and up must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to attend any of our programs. This includes anyone attending Family Camp. Click here to learn about the CDC’s definition of “fully vaccinated.” View answers to our COVID-19 Vaccination FAQs here.
What are this year's dates?
When do I need to apply?
Do you provide transportation?
No. We encourage you to carpool with other camper families. Public transportation is very limited and inconvenient.
What do I bring?
An ample supply of prescribed medications with detailed instructions for their dosage and use. All medications should in their original containers. Children should bring inexpensive clothing, linen, sleeping bag, pillow, shoes, toiletries, jackets, etc. A list will be provided for you. For a detailed list, click here.
What if I need treatment, to check blood counts, etc.?
The camp houses a fully equipped health center. Our dedicated medical staff always includes specially-trained physicians and nursing staff. They reside at the camp’s health center and provide 24-hour medical supervision. The center is equipped to handle ongoing care, thus enabling the camp to welcome children who require oral and/or IVP chemotherapy, children at serious risk of bleeding and infections, and children with significant physical disabilities.
What do I need to do?
Your child’s personal physician must determine the child well enough to attend. All applications are reviewed by the camp medical staff for final approval. A medical form must be completed for all children attending camp, siblings included. If your child is currently on treatment there is an additional medical form to be filled in by the oncology team detailing any medical needs while at camp. Special permission forms are also included in the application package and must be signed by a parent or guardian. Feel free to call us, email us, or fill out this form with any questions.
Is there a fee?
No. Donations are accepted here, but under no circumstances will a child be turned away for not donating.
How many sessions may I attend?
Campers may attend from one to all sessions. Siblings may attend from one to all sessions (space permitting). You can find more information about the sessions here.
How about my sibling?
Happiness Is Camping is a camp for kids with cancer. Brothers and sisters may only attend with their sibling with cancer. Siblings may attend all sessions, space permitting. If the camper needs to leave camp for any reason, all siblings must also depart. Please see our camp schedule for session dates.
Are you accredited?
We are fully accredited by the American Camp Association and we belong to the Children’s Oncology Camps of America-International.
What activities do you have?
Daily activities include: swimming, fishing, archery, ropes, boating, arts & crafts, drama, indoor and outdoor sports, and much more. You can find more information about the activities we have here.