As we approach warmer days, thoughts of cooling down at a pool, fishing down at the creek, and riding horses through the fields creates memories of laughter and summer friends.
For some children these days may not be possible without the help of a new organization in the Wichita area. More than 10,000 children are diagnosed with cancer every year. Countless numbers of families struggle with the physical, emotional, and financial drains of this disease. To make matters worse the cause of childhood cancer is largely unknown making successful treatment a challenge, current research necessary, and an established support system imperative.
Camp Quality serves children with cancer and their families by providing year-round experiences, and companionship, at no cost. Camp Quality promotes hope and inspiration while helping children foster life skills and develop their full potential. Camp Quality is recognized by a national organization - Camp Quality USA. “In the US, there are presently 16 camps established in 12 states,” CEO Patty Harris said. “More than 700 children participate in our camps each summer, and many more participate in Camp Quality activities throughout the year.”
Camp Quality Kansas will be holding their annual camp at Camp Tawakoni, rural Augusta, and will provide swimming, fishing, boating, and crafts. “That is just the morning activities”, Susie Mooney, Executive Director said. “We will provide afternoon and evening programs such as magic shows, campfire, Talent Show and our annual Party.”
“Camp Quality has built its reputation on personalized care. Every camper is paired with a companion who is dedicated completely to his or her care,” Harris said. “Companions are the life-blood of Camp Quality; they are fun to be with, adventuresome, great listeners, and are always sharing their love for life. Their primary responsibility is to make sure their camper has the most enjoyable, safe, and relaxing experience possible. This relationship creates a beautiful bond that continues long after camp is over, and oftentimes for years to come.”
Although there is no charge for campers to attend camp or any of the year-round programs, the Camp Organizing Committee (COC) has to raise a minimum of $80,000 this year. It costs approximately $2,000 per child to attend a year of programs. “We are anticipating about 45 children from ages 4 years to 17 years of age.” Camper Coordinator Cathi Smith said.
Camp Quality Kansas depends solely on donations and volunteers. The staff donates all of their time to see that these children have a fun-filled week. Camp Quality Kansas is 100% volunteer.
Along with donations, Camp Quality Kansas is looking for volunteers during the week of camp. Volunteers must be 18 years of age, go through a complete background check, interview process, and training prior to camp.
“It is important that the children are safe, and with an oncology nursing staff on site 24 hrs., the parents can rest assured their child is well taken care of during the week of camp” Mooney said.
Page 2 of 2 - Camp Quality Kansas surrounds the camper with new friends that can relate, loving volunteers who care, and loads of fun experiences. Camp Quality campers find joy, new courage and renewed hope for the future. Camp Quality is about Letting Kids With Cancer Be Kids Again!
To learn more visit: campquality.org/ks
Contact Camp Quality Kansas
Camp Quality Kansas
PO Box 781607
By phone: 913- 424-8355
By fax: 913-334-2802
By email: Susie.Mooney@CampQualityUSA.org