FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Who can attend Camp Quality?
Any child, ages 5-18, who has been diagnosed with cancer (any state of treatment or remission) can attend.
What age children can attend Camp Quality?
Ages 4-18. Because of our unique staffing ratio of one companion for each child, we are able to take any young child who can tolerate a week away from family or hospital. Many five year olds, and even some younger, attend.
In addition, once the campers reach the age of eighteen, many elect to return as companions.
Does it cost parents anything for a child to attend Camp Quality programs?
There is no cost for children to attend any of Camp Quality’s activities. Camp Quality funds the entire expense of camp and the year-round support program for each family through generous donations.
Can siblings of cancer patients attend?
Yes, on a space available basis. We know that the stress on siblings is enormous and want to help when we can.
Will the privacy of my child and family be protected by Camp Quality?
Yes! Camp Quality takes our role and duty as guardians very seriously. We never publish or give out a camper’s last name to ensure that no solicitation or harassment will occur.
Who provides medical care during camp?
Volunteer doctors and/or nurses are at camp 24 hours a day. Each camper brings a medical form from his/her physician advising the medical staff of any restrictions or precautions. Medicine is dispensed by medical personnel only for campers and companions.
Does Camp Quality own any campgrounds?
No. We only use the campgrounds for one week at a time and do not want to have to maintain a campground. We seek and rent out campgrounds in close proximity to the program’s central location. Each campground must provide safe and comfortable facilities that meet our program requirements and needs of our campers.
How do you find Companions and Staff for Camp Quality?
We rely on referrals from current and past companions, as well as community support and referrals. We always have a need for companions ages 18 and up who are willing to spend a week with a camper. We also have a need for medical staff, particularly those trained in oncology, pediatrics or family medicine.
Are there background checks of all camp staff?
Yes, all Camp Quality staff, whether a Camp Director, Camp Organizing Committee member, Companion or Volunteer undergo an extensive background check, face-to-face interview and mandatory training before the start of camp.
Does Camp Quality receive any government funds?
No. Our financial support comes from the community: clubs and service organizations, businesses, churches and individuals who want to share the miracle of love and happiness. Donations come in different forms. Cash donations are always appreciated, and many businesses and service organizations help by donations of goods and services.