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Camp Hope Heartland

Camp Hope Heartland

ACA Accredited Camp | Overnight Camp | Specialty Camp

Camp Hope Heartland is a camp for children ages 5 through 17 who have, or have had, cancer. It is a week-long overnight camp held annually the third week of June. Camp Hope Heartland, founded in 1982, will be celebrating 36 years in 2018. Camp provides these kids with a traditional summer camp experience that might otherwise be denied them due to their illness and special needs. Campers are able to participate in a wide variety of activities such as swimming, bowling, golfing, fishing, basketball, crafts, horseback riding and more. There is a 24- hour on-site medical team that consists of pediatricians, family physicians, nurses, a pharmacist and a mental health specialist, and a 24-hour on-call pediatric oncologist. We typically have 90-100 volunteers and 70-90 campers each year.

Camp Hope Heartland is held at Camp Aldrich near Claflin, KS in the Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area, the largest inland marsh in the U.S. Cheyenne Bottoms was created in 1950 to help preserve important wetlands/marshes for migrating birds and waterfowl.

Our campers become more confident and optimistic. They are able to interact with other children who have been through a similar situation already or are going through it now currently. They realize that they are not alone in their ordeal. They often leave camp with more hope about the future. We rely on camper and parent testimonials, as well as formal camp evaluations, to measure our outcomes and how much Camp Hope Heartland affects the lives of our attendees.

Testimonials

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“As we expected camp has been WONDERFUL. The genuine smile on (my daughter’s) face in the pictures I took at drop off and the ones the counselors are sending me are testament to what an amazing thing you are doing. Thank you so very, very much! ”

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“I can see what other kids have gone through and how they survived. It helps me get through & conquer. We are all survivors. That’s a gift.”

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“When I'm at camp, I feel like a normal kid. Some kids don't get to go outside because our parents are just working too much and too hard. At home, I'm just watching movies all day. I don't want to get too old to come to Wildwood.”

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“Without the support of Camps for Kids and the matching fund, CHD Families would be unable to provide a free medically supervised summer camp for kids with Congenital Heart Defects.”

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“I look back on the struggle of my childhood and one of the most important and best childhood memories I have include the time spent at camp with the amazing men and women who treated me like I was normal despite my struggle”

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