Kids with cancer want to feel “normal.” That’s why McLane Children’s Scott & White offers Camp Dreamcatcher summer camp each summer. This camp allows them, along with their brothers and sisters, to enjoy a normal summer camp experience providing the necessary specialized medical care.
Camp Dreamcatcher is held each summer at a facility called Camp for All, located in Burton, Texas.
Camp Dreamcatcher serves all Pediatric Hematology/Oncology patients, between the ages of 6 and 15, who receive their treatment at McLane Children’s Scott & White.
Why send my child to Camp Dreamcatcher?
Sending your child to camp for children with cancer and blood disorders is one of the best decisions you could make!
The camp experience is rich and rewarding, and your child will make memories and learn lessons that will last a lifetime. In many respects it can help shape the adults that they will become. Here are just some of the benefits:
- Camp fosters personal growth
- The camp environment is nurturing, but also promotes independence
- Your child will learn to get along with others; learn to compromise; develop a sense of team work; take responsibility for themselves as well as their health; develop and refine their social skills
- Your child will face challenges, overcome fears, gain confidence and self-esteem all while making new friends
- Your child will mature and expand their horizons in a safe and caring environment
- Your child will grow emotionally, intellectually, and physically
- Your child will try new activities
- Your child will return home with new interests and skills
Being with other children with cancer/blood disorders and their brothers or sisters, will make your child feel like “one of the team.” Camp is designed to meet many different needs. The staff is trained to work with children of all kinds and many counselors are cancer survivors themselves. Camp provides an opportunity for your child to learn to deal emotionally with what they have been through or what they are going through by interaction with each other.
Most importantly, your child will have fun (and won’t even realize that they’re getting anything more out of the experience)!
Camp Dreamcatcher also helps:
- Restore the self-esteem and confidence that children often lose during the course of treatment for their cancer or blood disorder.
- Restore the self-esteem and confidence that brothers and sisters of children with cancer and blood disorders often lose as a result of loss of parent attention, loss of time with family, struggling with feelings of guilt, anger, fear and jealousy.
- Provide an opportunity for children with cancer and blood disorders and their siblings to meet other children in similar circumstances.
- Allow children with cancer and blood disorders and their siblings an opportunity to re-discover that they can do and accomplish the same things as other children their age.
- Promote and restore normal relationships between children with cancer and blood disorders and their siblings.
- Promote sound health attitudes.
- Offer a fun-filled and safe recreational experience.
Parent Guide for Campers
About the Camp
Camp for All is a 206-acre property that has two large lakes and more than 120,000 square feet of building space, including a main lodge with health center, dining hall, kitchen, gathering hall and administrative offices. There are 18 cabins, a staff and retreat center, covered gym/pavilion, equestrian center, small animal farm, three lakeside gazebos, nature center, tree house and crafts barn. Other facilities include a fishing pier, canoe dock, aquatics center, ROPES course, amphitheater, archery range, baseball field, nature trails and a nondenominational chapel. All areas are wheelchair accessible and barrier free.
Staff and Volunteers
Camp Dreamcatcher staff includes a camp director, medical staff (nurses and physicians) and a leadership team. There are also approximately 40-50 cabin counselors that attend camp each summer, many of which are former patients and campers.
History of Fun
Camp Dreamcatcher is entering into its 15th summer at Camp for All. In the summer of 1999, Camp Dreamcatcher took 23 patients to camp. Currently, there are between 95-105 children that attend camp each year.
Jenny Damron, Camp Director
McLane Children’s Scott and White
1901 SW H.K. Dodgen Loop
Temple, TX 76502