A Camp for Childhood Cancer Patients
June 19-24, 2023
While the dates have been scheduled for each camp, please note that these are subject to change due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Any changes to these dates will be communicated to all campers and their families.
Camp Bring It On is the region’s only residential camp for children with cancer or who are pediatric cancer survivors. We give these kids the chance to just be kids in a safe environment.
Camp Bring It On Activities
Your child can participate in classic camp activities, such as:
- Arts and crafts
- Horseback riding
- Nightly campfires
- Olympic games
Our Medically Trained Team
You can rest easy knowing your child is having fun while never being far from the care they need.
Camp Bring It On is led by trained medical professionals from the Sanford Children’s Hospital. Our team includes pediatric oncologists, pediatric oncology nurses, child life specialists and a host of specially trained volunteers.
We work tirelessly to make sure each camper has a full camp experience while still meeting their medical needs.
How to Register
Registration for 2023’s Camp Bring it On begins February 12 and will close on April 28.
Sanford Children’s Camp Programs requires all campers to have a physical exam by your primary licensed medical provider within six months prior to attending camp. Please print the medical evaluation document, have it completed and signed by your physician, and return it to Sanford Children’s Camps.
If you have any questions, please reach out to Tristan Hargens, our camp coordinator. Contact him at (605) 328-7157 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who’s eligible to attend Camp Bring It On? What do parents need to do?
Kids are eligible if they have or have had a cancer diagnosis. We accept kids from ages 7 through 17.
Registration will close once we hit our capacity of 64 campers.
After a camper is deemed eligible, they must have the following information submitted before the communicated deadlines:
- A camper registration form, including our camper code of conduct
- A physical exam by a licensed provider within six months of the camp’s starting date
- A physician report signed by the licensed provider giving the physical exam
Where is Camp Bring It On located?
We’re located at Joy Ranch. It’s about eight miles northwest of Watertown, South Dakota.
Who’s on the Camp Bring It On team?
We recruit people who demonstrate responsibility, compassion, accountability and maturity. We also screen our team members through applications, interviews and background checks. Many of our hires are professional educators.
We keep our staff to camper ratio to around 1:8. At night, we require each cabin to always have a trained team member present.
Our programs are always staffed by trained and licensed medical professionals. Our medical team includes a medical director, camp nurses and child life specialists.
Our medical staff to camper ratio is about 1:15.
What will campers do at camp?
Each day of camp is filled with activities ranging from archery and paintball to swimming and fishing. We even offer horseback rides, camp dances and educational opportunities.
Every day will end with songs, skits and companionship around a traditional campfire.
We also offer meals tailored to each camper’s specific diet and allergies.
What should campers bring to camp?
Campers should bring everything they need for a full week of overnight camping.
We recommend bringing hygiene products, clothing, swimwear, towels, bedding, a pillow and all of their medical equipment and medications. We ask that campers bring medications in the original bottles they received them in from their doctor or pharmacist.
How can families stay in touch with their campers?
We understand it may be difficult for parents and campers to be away from each other, especially if this is a camper’s first time away from home. We recommend parents and guardians write letters to their campers. This helps campers stay excited about camp and decreases their chances of homesickness.
From experience, we know that one of the best ways to manage homesickness is to prohibit cell phones at camp. No cell phones are allowed at camp.
If there are any concerns or emergencies at camp, our team will reach out to the contact we have on file as soon as possible. If families need to communicate with their camper, they can call the camp at (605) 328-7157 or after hours at (605) 328-0088.
We don’t allow visitors at camp except during emergencies. In such cases, parents or guardians must first contact our camp coordinator before their arrival.
The only exception to our visitor rule is a special parent program scheduled on the last day of camp for families of graduating senior campers. This program is a ceremony to celebrate our graduating campers’ achievements.
We’re proud of our partnership with Care Camps to provide a fun, renewing camp experience for kids with cancer. Camp Bring it On is also designated a Gold Ribbon Camp by the Children’s Oncology Camping Association International (COCA-I).