Many children love the fun of attending summer camps, and children with special physical or medical challenges are no exception.
Sanford Children's provides camps each summer precisely designed for children with specific challenges or illnesses. All camps take place at barrier-free locations and are staffed with Sanford Children's professionals to ensure children have a safe and fun experience.
The 2021 dates* for our Children's Summer Camps are:
Bring it On
- June 20 - 24 – Virtual Camp
- June 25 - 26 – In-Person Retreat (for previous camp attendees only)
- July 25 - 29 – Virtual Camp
- July 30 - 31 – In-Person Retreat (for previous camp attendees only)
* While the dates have been scheduled for each camp, please note that these are subject to change. No decisions have been made regarding what 2021 Sanford Camps will look like due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As much excitement as we have to sit around a campfire and provide a place of peace for all of our campers in their summers, the safety of our campers is at the front of our minds as we continue to plan through creation and innovation. A decision will be made soon followed by communication to all campers and their families.
Please find more information below.
Camp Bring It On
Experience Camp Bring It On
Camp Bring It On is the region’s only residential camp for children with cancer and pediatric cancer survivors. Childhood should be a time filled with possibility and imagination, but a cancer diagnosis can quickly change that. When you or someone in your family has to deal with cancer, your life is suddenly filled with doctor’s appointments, chemotherapy, radiation treatments and spinal taps.
Camp Bring It On gives these children the opportunity to just be children in a safe and secure environment. The camp also functions to offer parents respite time secure in the knowledge that their children are in an extended recreation program with trained camp staff and medical supervision.
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 work tirelessly to ensure each camper has a full camp experience, while still meeting their medical needs. Campers participate in a variety of events offered at traditional camps: arts and crafts, camp dance, shooting paintballs at targets, archery, boating, tubing, fishing, Camp Bring It On Olympics, horseback riding, and inspirational campfires every night by beautiful Lake Lyle.
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Experience Spirit Camp
Since it began in 1990, Spirit Camp has provided a supportive and educational camp experience for children. It is designed to enhance self-confidence and improve independence. Kids have fun while Mom and Dad breathe easier knowing their child is in a safe, barrier-free environment under careful guidance of highly trained staff. Spirit Camp allows children to discover they are not alone. Their disabilities are common to others and their situation is not unique. Spirit Camp activities promote self-esteem, creativity and self-expression in a therapeutic environment.
During the week’s experience, campers may become anglers, athletes, dancers, crafts experts, swimmers, singers, sharpshooters, and horse riders. Other activities include Spirit Camp Olympics, wheelchair basketball, dance, game night, theme dinner, camp songs and skits at every meal, cabin chats, “turtle time,” and inspirational campfires every evening.