SunRise

Ages 3 to 7

A full-filled day-camp where kids can play, explore and discover!

SunRise is a private day camp held at recreational centres in Calgary and Edmonton for children affected by childhood cancer. This unique experience for children ages three to seven includes field trips, arts and crafts and visits from clowns, firefighters, magicians and other exciting folk. SunRise gives kids a chance to connect with other kids their age, while experiencing loads of summer fun. 

Session Dates
SunRise 1 Calgary July 1 - 5, 2019
SunRise Edmonton July 15 - 19, 2019
SunRise 2 Calgary August 5 - 9, 2019
SunRise 3 Calgary August 12 - 16, 2019

Please note: it is required that all able kids are potty trained before attending day camp. Exceptions apply to anyone on treatment or with physical or cognitive delays.

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SunMaker

Ages 7 to 15

2019 Plan - We are increasing the number of camper spots by combining our SunMaker and SunHaven weeks. Instead of designating three weeks to SunMaker and two weeks to SunHaven, all campers, SunMaker and SunHaven alike, may choose from a total of five weeks to find the best week to fit with their family’s schedule. SunMaker campers (children affected by childhood cancer) and SunHaven campers (children affected by a parent’s cancer) will have the chance to go to Camp Kindle together and enjoy the opportunity to foster more friendships and support from children experiencing cancer from different perspectives. Sharing experiences and building memories together, these campers can learn and grow from each other as they battle cancer from their unique positions.

SunMaker offers youth ages seven to 15 a one-week sleepover camp experience. With focused oncology nursing staff and medical volunteers rounding our camp team, campers have a safe and supportive environment to just be kids! SunMaker campers experience all that Camp Kindle has to offer – swimming, ropes courses, arts and crafts, climbing wall, games, campfires and so much more! Additionally, campers have a chance to delve deeper into a skill area of their choice. SunMaker helps give campers a sense of community and place to belong as staff guide campers in fostering friendships and developing self-confidence.

Session Dates
SunMaker Session 1 July 1 - 5, 2019
SunMaker Session 2 July 15 - 19, 2019
SunMaker Session 3 August 5 - 9, 2019
SunMaker Session 4 August 12 - 16, 2019
SunMaker Session 5 August 19 - 23, 2019

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SunChaser

Ages 15 to 17

This leadership program is designed to develop and challenge youth through on-site camp experiences at Camp Kindle. SunChaser is open to campers who have completed our SunMaker or SunHaven programs.

SunChaser is designed for youth who have finished our Camp Kindle programs, but still wish to be involved in the hustle and bustle on site. Campers will develop skills in teamwork, communication and leadership, while also enjoying the magic of camp and a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities. Teens on active or maintenance treatment are welcome in this program.  

Session Dates
SunChaser (July) July 15 - 19, 2019
SunChaser (August) August 5 - 9, 2019

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SunSeeker 1

Age 15

This leadership program is designed to develop and challenge youth through outdoor experiences. SunSeeker 1 is open to campers who have completed either our SunMaker or SunHaven programs.

SunSeeker 1 offers youth the opportunity to stretch their wings and explore personal development in the great outdoors. Based out of our SunSeeker Lodge at Camp Kindle, participants will help cook their own meals and learn outdoor survival skills such as fire starting. They will also spend time developing their teamwork and communication skills before heading off on further adventures off-site! While camping off-site, youth will participate in excursions such as hiking, canoeing and horseback riding. Teens on active or maintenance treatment are welcome in this program.  

Session Dates
SunSeeker Level 1 July 1 - 5, 2019
SunSeeker Level 1 August 5-9, 2019

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SunSeeker 2

Age 16

This program is designed to help youth build upon the outdoor skills and leadership skills introduced in SunSeeker 1.

Youth in SunSeeker 2 will continue to hone the skills they learned in SunSeeker 1. More extensive out-trips will include multi-day canoeing and camping trips, as well as new adventures around geo-caching and kayaking. Participants will be based out of our SunSeeker Lodge at Camp Kindle and will help cook meals and actively participate in the planning their adventures. Due to the sometimes remote activities, we are unable to accept campers on active treatment in this program.

Session Dates
SunSeeker 2 (July) July 8 - 19, 2019
SunSeeker 2 (August) August 12 - 23, 2019

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Leadership Development Program

Age 17

This program is the culmination of our leadership experiences and is developed for youth who have completed our SunSeeker or SunChaser programs.

The Leadership Development Program (LDP) is a two-week experience. Participants will be actively involved in progressive workshops centered on leadership both at camp and in the larger world. Participants will play a role in the execution of camp activities, such as theme days and morning activities. They will be placed with groups of younger campers for supervised practice in leading and assisting campers. An off-site excursion and camp legacy project round out this final exciting camper year.

NEW for 2019: Due to the popularity of LDP, we will be conducting interviews in order to secure your spot in the program. The deadline to submit your application is May 1, 2019.

Session Dates
LDP August 12 - 23, 2019

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Leadership Exchange

Ages 16 - 17 Leadership Exchange 2019 at Camp Ooch

Are you ready for a new camp adventure in a different part of the country? Are you a young leader between 16 and 17 years of age? Do you currently or have you had cancer? You may be eligible to take part in Leadership Exchange at Camp Oochigeas in Muskoka, Ontario.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Kids Cancer Care accepts applications from young leaders between the ages of 16 and 17 who are interested in participating in our Leadership Exchange program with Camp Oochigeas in Muskoka, Ontario. 

There are two spots open in this exchange program, which is offered free of charge through generous donor support at Camp Ooch. Kids Cancer Care will provide return airfare to the successful candidates. The selected teens will be required to pre-register with Camp Ooch similar to registering for Kids Cancer Care summer camps. During the exchange program candidates will have the opportunity to attend a two-week Leader-in-Training program. Upon arriving in Toronto, the teens will be under the care and supervision of Camp Oochigeas staff.

Successful candidates will attend:

Leaders in Training (LIT)

  • Session 1: Saturday July 6th – Friday July 19th (piloting an extended leadership program)
  • Session 2:  Sunday July 21st – Friday August 1st

    ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible, teens must

  • Be 16 to 17 years of age
  • Have or have had cancer
  • Be a member of our Teen Leadership Program (or have participated in SunSeeker or our Leadership Development Program)

HOW TO APPLY

Eligible teens must submit the following to Ben Pointer at bpointer@kidscancercare.ab.ca:

  1. Personal resume, detailing experience, education, leadership involvement and volunteer experience, along with a list of certifications
  2. Personal essay about yourself, describing your leadership experience and how you would benefit from the leadership exchange and how you plan to use the experience to help others in the future  
  3. Indicate preferred session dates in the application

Click here for the full leadership exchange application.