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 37 years in 2019. 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.
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In order to be eligible to be matched, gifts must be charitable donations made to Camps For Kids and must be received by Camps For Kids between April 1st and July 31st. Single contributions are only matched up to $1,500.
Bryan Wohlwend, MD
PO Box 1529
Great Bend, KS 67530-1529
Phone: (816) 582-3116