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The Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta provides safe, quality camp experiences for young people and their families affected by cancer. Our free weekend and summer camps offer kids across Alberta a chance to escape the rigours of cancer treatments for outdoor fun and adventure.
Our camps are designed to meet the needs of the whole family at each stage in the cancer journey—from diagnosis through treatment and beyond. Our staff and volunteers are fully qualified and trained to meet the unique needs of young people affected by cancer. All camps are located short distances from the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary and the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton.
The Kids Cancer Care Foundation also offers a summer camp for young people who have a parent with cancer. Click here to find out more about SunHaven.

For more information or to register for camp programs, please contact Mary Phillipo at 403.984.1227 or email her.

summer programs

year-round programs

SunRise Program (Day Camp)

Ages 3-7
SunRise is a day camp held at recreational centres in Calgary and Edmonton. This unique experience for children aged three to seven includes field trips, arts and crafts, an overnight camp adventure and visits by clowns, naturalists, EMS workers and other exciting folk. SunRise gives kids a chance to connect with others their age, while experiencing loads of outdoor summer fun. Register for SunRise.

Session 1
– Edmonton July 28 - Aug 1, 2014
Session 2
– Calgary Aug 4 - Aug 8, 2014
Session 3
– Calgary Aug 11 - Aug 15, 2014

Family Camp

Laugh. Relax. And reconnect. Each spring and fall, Kids Cancer Care offers a weekend Family Camp, when families from across Alberta come together and enjoy family time, miles from the hospital and the hustle, bustle of daily living. Kids Cancer Care family retreats are designed to meet the needs of families at different stages of the cancer journey. Our spring camp caters to new families, introducing them to Kids Cancer Care staff and volunteers and to our camp programs and surroundings. Fall camp offers families a chance to relax and unwind after a busy summer. So whether it’s campfires, hiking, massage, music or arts or crafts you love, Kids Cancer Care Family Camp promises good times, good eats and lots of family fun.

Bereaved Family Camp
May 9 - May 11, 2014
Spring Family Camp
May 30 - June 1, 2014
Fall Family Camp
Sept 26 - Sept 28, 2014

SunMaker Program (Residential Camp)

Ages 7-17
SunMaker offers young people aged seven to 17 a one-week residential camp experience at Camp Kindle. SunMaker offers kids a chance to get outdoors and meet new friends. At camp, they find much-needed camaraderie along with healthy doses of outdoor fun, including hiking, rafting, wall climbing, swimming, archery, the high ropes and the giant swing. Register for SunMaker.

Session 1
- July 14 - July 18, 2014
Session 2
- Aug 4 - Aug 8, 2014
Session 3
- Aug 11 - Aug 15, 2014

SunKeeper Teen Camp

Our fall and spring weekend camps bring together teenagers in junior and senior high, so they can connect with friends from summer and develop the leadership and life skills they need to navigate the long-term physical and emotional effects of cancer. As with all Kids Cancer Care programs, Teen Camps are open to siblings and bereaved siblings.

Spring 2014
March 14 - 16, 2014
Fall 2014
October 24 - 26, 2014

SunSeeker Programs

Ages 14 to 17
SunSeeker is an outdoor leadership program that focuses on personal development. Through direct contact with the outdoors, participants experience personal challenge, skill development, and personal reflection. The program focuses on developing both “hard” skills such as packing for a hike or knot tying and “soft” skills, such as communication with peers and patience. SunSeeker promotes physical fitness, mental well-being, environmental awareness, and personal growth in a supportive, exciting outdoor environment!

SunSeekers reside in the “SunSeeker Cabin” for the course of the program, cooking group meals and sleeping in shared spaces. SunSeekers are supported by the SunSeeker coordinators and highly skilled volunteers. Onsite activities can include meal preparation, fire building, shelter building, hiking, biking, environmental stewardship etc. Out-trip activities can include hiking, mountain biking, caving, rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking, etc

Session 1
(ages 14-17)
July 14 - 18, 2014 Introductory session for first time SunSeekers or youth currently on/recently off treatment
Session 2
(ages 15-17)
Aug 4 - 15, 2014 Advanced session for youth who have completed the introductory SunSeeker or who have personal outdoor adventure experience

Counsellor in Training (CIT) Program

Ages 16-17
The Counselor in Training (CIT) is a leadership program that focuses on preparing youth to become camp leaders and camp counselors, but also teaches valuable life skills such as preparedness, positive role modeling, time management, and social skills. During the first week, participants go through a number of sessions intended to help them develop their skills and knowledge as camp leaders. During the second week, the CITs are integrated in a camper team in order to get hands-on experience as leaders. The CITs are supported by the CIT coordinators and the rest of the program team.

Session 1
July 7-18, 2014
Session 2
August 4-15, 2014
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