Sanford Camps

Sanford Camps

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.

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.

Getting to Joy Ranch

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

Directions from Sioux Falls

Head North on I-29 for 85 Miles
Take Exit 164 for SD-22
Turn Left on to SD-22 W for 11.8 Miles
Turn Right onto US-81 N for 10 Miles
Turn Left onto 20th Ave SE/County Rd 11 5/10 for 0.6 Miles
Continue onto Larabee Rd for 1.1 Miles
Continue onto SD-20 W/10th Street SW for 8.6 Miles
Turn Left onto 166th St for 0.7 Miles
Turn Left onto 488th Ave for 0.3 Miles
Arrived At Joy Ranch 

Directions Heading South From Northern SD on I-29

Head South on I-29
Take Exit 164 for SD-22
Turn Left on to SD-22 W for 11.8 Miles
Turn Right onto US-81 N for 10 Miles
Turn Left onto 20th Ave SE/County Rd 11 5/10 for 0.6 Miles
Continue onto Larabee Rd for 1.1 Miles
Continue onto SD-20 W/10th Street SW for 8.6 Miles
Turn Left onto 166th St for 0.7 Miles
Turn Left onto 488th Ave for 0.3 Miles
Arrived At Joy Ranch

How to Register

Complete all forms and submit them in one of three ways.

Email: Marilee.Kontz@sanfordhealth.org
Fax: (605) 328-7157
Mail:
Marliee Kontz
Sanford Children’s Hospital
1305 West 18th St. PO Box 5039
Sioux Falls, SD 57117-5039

Camp Superkids

Experience Camp Superkids

Camp Superkids is an educational and fun summer camp where children with asthma learn to better manage and control their disease. A child age 8-14 who has seasonal, moderate or severe asthma is eligible for Camp Superkids.

The objective of camp is to improve the physical condition and psychological outlook of children with asthma. It’s also to educate campers and their families how to best manage their care.

Highly skilled doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, practitioners, counselors and program leaders provide medical supervision and instruction at Camp Superkids 24 hours a day. It’s located at Camp Foster YMCA in Spirit Lake, IA.

Getting to Camp Foster

Since 1912, Camp Foster has been teaching positive values to children. Nestled along East Lake Okoboji, Camp Foster continues to pride itself on offering values-based youth programming in a natural setting for over 100 years. Camp Foster offers a balance between traditional and progressive programming while creating new options for the campers of the 21st century. Start the tradition of Camp Foster in your family today or come back to the place you call home this summer!

Camp Foster YMCA
1769 260th Ave.
County Hwy. M56
PO Box 296
Spirit Lake, IA 51360

How to Register

Complete all forms and submit them in one of three ways.

Email: Marilee.Kontz@sanfordhealth.org
Fax: (605) 328-7157
Mail:
Marliee Kontz
Sanford Children’s Hospital
1305 West 18th St. PO Box 5039
Sioux Falls, SD 57117-5039

Spirit Camp

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.

Getting to Joy Ranch

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

Directions from Sioux Falls

Head North on I-29 for 85 Miles
Take Exit 164 for SD-22
Turn Left on to SD-22 W for 11.8 Miles
Turn Right onto US-81 N for 10 Miles
Turn Left onto 20th Ave SE/County Rd 11 5/10 for 0.6 Miles
Continue onto Larabee Rd for 1.1 Miles
Continue onto SD-20 W/10th Street SW for 8.6 Miles
Turn Left onto 166th St for 0.7 Miles
Turn Left onto 488th Ave for 0.3 Miles
Arrived at Joy Ranch 

Directions Heading South From Northern SD on I-29

Head South on I-29
Take Exit 164 for SD-22
Turn Left on to SD-22 W for 11.8 Miles
Turn Right onto US-81 N for 10 Miles
Turn Left onto 20th Ave SE/County Rd 11 5/10 for 0.6 Miles
Continue onto Larabee Rd for 1.1 Miles
Continue onto SD-20 W/10th Street SW for 8.6 Miles
Turn Left onto 166th St for 0.7 Miles
Turn Left onto 488th Ave for 0.3 Miles
Arrived at Joy Ranch

How to Register

Complete all forms and submit them in one of three ways.

Email: Marilee.Kontz@sanfordhealth.org
Fax: (605) 328-7157
Mail:
Marliee Kontz
Sanford Children’s Hospital
1305 West 18th St. PO Box 5039
Sioux Falls, SD 57117-5039

Daytime: (605) 328-7157

After Hours:
(605) 328-0088

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