Any child with cancer, age 6 to 15 years, is welcome at Happiness Is Camping.
Your child's personal physician must determine the child well enough to attend. All applications are reviewed by the camp medical staff for final approval. A medical form must be completed for all children attending camp, siblings included. If your child is on treatment currently there is an additional medical form to be filled in by the oncology team detailing any medical needs while at camp. Special permission forms are also included in the application package and must be signed by a parent or guardian. Feel free to call with any questions.
Applications must be received fully completed by June 15th.
No. Donations are accepted, but under no circumstances will a child be turned away. Suggested contribution is $100 per camper per session.
No. We encourage you to carpool with other camper families. Public transportation is very limited and inconvenient.
Campers may attend from one to all sessions. Siblings may attend from one to all sessions. (Space permitting)
An ample supply of prescribed medications with detailed instructions for their dosage and use. All medications should be in their original containers. Children should bring inexpensive clothing, linen, sleeping bag, pillow, shoes, toiletries, jackets, etc. a list will be provided for you. For a detailed list, click here.
Happiness Is Camping is a camp for kids with cancer. Brothers and sisters may only attend with their sibling with cancer. Siblings may attend all sessions, space permitting. If the camper needs to leave camp for any reason, all siblings must also depart. Please see camp schedule for session dates.
The camp houses a fully equipped health center. Our dedicated staff always includes a pediatric oncologist and two or more hematology oncology nurses. They reside at the camp's health center and provide 24-hour medical supervision. The center is equipped to handle on-going care, thus enabling the camp to welcome children who require oral and/or IVP chemotherapy, children at serious risk of bleeding and infections, and children with significant physical disabilities.
We are fully accredited by the American Camp Association and we belong to the Childrens Oncology Camps of America-International.