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Camp Bring It On

There are few experiences that speak to summer and kids like summer camp. Many might take it for granted. But not you. Not your Child.

Camp Bring It On is a unique escape for kids with cancer. The region’s only one. It is a residential camp featuring many of the things that make it a true camping experience. It is designed to let kids have fun and feel like carefree kids again.

Campers participate in a variety of events offered at traditional camps: arts and crafts, hold talent shows, shoot paintballs at targets, archery, eat meals together, go boating and fishing. There are Camp Bring it On Olympics and nightly s’mores round the campfire. For one week, they get to feel like normal kids. Which, for a child with cancer, is anything but normal.

Camp Bring It On is staffed by trained medical professionals from Sanford Children’s Hospital. Staff include pediatric oncologists, certified pediatric oncology nurses, child life specialists and a host of specially trained volunteers. The staff works tirelessly to ensure each camper has the full camp experience, while still meeting their medical needs.

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Location - Joy Ranch

Joy Ranch is a camp and retreat center situated on a quiet lake nestled into the rolling prairie hills located outside Watertown, about 100 miles northwest of Sioux Falls. Guests to Joy Ranch feel like they have stepped back in time to an 1880’s old west town. Horse-drawn buggies drive up main street and head out across the prairie. The lake is fun for fishing, canoeing and swimming. There’s even a kid-friendly saloon called the Thirsty Boot where little cowpokes and old cowboys alike can enjoy a root beer float. The entire facility has been specially-designed to be barrier-free.

Joy Ranch
16633 448th Avenue
Florence SD 57235

For more information or to make a donation, please contact Marilee Kontz at Sanford Children’s (605) 328-7157 or

2017 Camp dates: June 12th – 17th, Joy Ranch, Watertown, SD

Complete camper forms can be downloaded here.

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Posted Date: September 2011