Camp Quality Michigan

Rating: 4.97 stars   90 reviews

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Location: P.O. Box 345 Boyne City MI 49712 USA

Mission: Camp Quality Michigan is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to establish and sustain community-based camping and ongoing support programs for children with cancer (ages 4-18) and their families.  There is never a cost to our campers or their families.  We depend totally on the generosity of individuals, businesses, organizations and foundations acting out of concern for these children.
Direct beneficiaries per year: In 2009, we served over 125 children
Geographic areas served: Michigan

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Rating: 5 stars  

Camp Quality Michigan has 2 camps (north camp and south camp) where kids with cancer can enjoy life, have fun and make lifelong friendships. During the week long camp where they are paired with a companion they swim, dance, play archery, sing at camp fires, and so all kids of things without having to think about chemo, radiation and everything else that comes with it. Their parents know they are safe and well cared for. Being a companion changes your life, to see how the kids care for each other and the strength they have. CQ is one big family.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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6 people found this review helpful

Camp Quality Michigan is an awesome program. I first volunteered as a companion, along with my daughter, in August 2007. The impact on me as a person was tremendous and we have been companions each year afterwards. My family has heard so much about this group my niece volunteered this past year and my brother is planning for next year. To see these kids who have endured so much in their lives, more than any child should, enjoy themselves and have the opportunity to explore their own possibilities like other children is a heartwaring experience. The camaraderie and compassion these kids have towards one another is just one small benefit they receive by attending Camp Quality. As a companion you are a matched up with a camper ( a child who has or has had cancer). You are with that camper all week ensuring a safe funfilled experience. The parents of these children can be assured their precious children will be safe and well cared for. There are nurses and doctors on site 24/7. Lifelong friendships between campers, campers and companions, and between companions are made at Camp Quality. It is one of the BEST non-profit organizations. The worst part of this non-profit is that it is not as well know as others. (e.g. United way) I would like to see more funding for this organization. They are a great group of people working for a great group of kids. It does not stop at camp either. There is a puppet program and other support options for the child and their families.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the experiendce with the kids.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

exceptional. They are truly caring people who take time to try to make life a bit easier for a child.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Help so many children in so many ways.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

Camp Quality Delivers! Children with cancer find comfort and support among peers who understand their feelings, fears, and frustrations.
Staff are there often because they too have experienced some of the same concerns personally through their own, or friends or family situations.
I have heard teens discuss their therapies and illnesses among themselves-which they never could do freely elsewhere.
There is no self pity-just determination!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

..seeing the children relax and live life to the fullest-challenge themselves.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make more persons aware of the wonderful program

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4 people found this review helpful

It is fun and a good time to spend time with other people just like you and make new friends too. flapjack_1984@yahoo.com.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

August 1997.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Everything.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very nice and kind.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Make it better.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

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15 people found this review helpful

I was a companion at Camp Quality in 2008, and it changed my life forever. I was unable to attend this year due to school, but I plan on going next year again, and many more years to come. The people I met there have changed my life, and the memories will last forever. I cant wait to be a part of camp again in 2010!!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The memories that I have made and the wonderful, inspiring people that I have met.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

amazing. Everyone there was awesome and I will never forget them.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-11-01

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15 people found this review helpful

I had a great week volunteering as a companion at Camp Quality. The week flew by and I would do it again in a heartbeat. Taking work off for the week wasn't the easiest, but it was worth it.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand the number of campers it can accept ever summer, run the camp more than twice a summer and increase the number and variety of activities. It could also own the camp grounds instead of just being a guest at another camp.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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14 people found this review helpful

My daughter attended this camp that she found herself and we enrolled her at the last minute, the staff was extremely helpful with our requests and helped us get her there. I will be boasting about this camp for years!!!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

This is a great camp, like camp catch-a-rainbow. My daughter has attended both and loved Camp Quality just as much if not more than the other. Thank so much Camp Quality!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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14 people found this review helpful

A great organization! My son looks forward to camp every year not to mention all the other events they do throughout the year. We love Camp Quality!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My son had cancer.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

It lets kids be kids regardless of their illness. Also lets families enjoy activities that that may not be able to afford.

Ways to make it better...

Nothing.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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14 people found this review helpful

My son was diagnosed with Leukemia about 2 ½ years ago. That was a great shock and stress on him and on our whole family. Shortly thereafter we heard about a camp that Camp Quality provided for cancer patients. We signed our son and one of his sisters up to go. They had a blast. They made new friends, had a lot of fun, learned ne things, and most of all, in interacting with other cancer patients, were able to gain strength and hope concerning dealing with this new monster in their lives. The staff and volunteers have been wonderful. Camp Quality has also provided opportunities for our family to participate with our children in some quality events. Camp Quality does a quality job.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

outstanding; everyone is kind, courteous, helpful, and respectful of our children's needs.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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10 people found this review helpful

My daughter has attended Camp Quality Michigan for two years. She absolutely LOVES the experience and has grown so much each time she attends for just one week. She has made long lasting friendships with her companion, a volunteer. She also has made a lifelong buddy with her roommate and her roommate's companion. The opportunities that the kids at Camp Quality Michigan allow them to be kids first and foremost regardless of what cancer they had/have or where they are in treatment. It's a way to connect and be a carefree kid having fun for one week each year.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

watching my daughter mature and gain confidence. She's also learned to accommodate others who need more time or help to do things because of their personal limitations.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give them more resources and more man power to do more.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that it makes the camper and their entire family feel like one big family. Everytime I think about my daughter's camp experience, I get a lump in my throat and tear up. It's really more than just camp for my daughter.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

unbelievable. They put the kids first and make sure everything is fun and enjoyable. They know all the kids by name almost instantly and keep in touch too.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the world. Seriously, the families that could benefit from having their child have a camp experience with Camp Quality Michigan would benefit immensely!

Ways to make it better...

the camp was actually one day longer to get the kids to be able to do more that they want to!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the limitations that they have in serving a limited number of children. The camp is small (60 kids total?) and the experience could benefit so many more.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Camp Quality is really a highlight of my daughter's summer.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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10 people found this review helpful

I have been a companion for the past three years and it is the most rewarding week of my year. I look forward to spending a week one on one with my camper. We have fun doing activities like crafts, zip lines and riding horses. My camper and I talk throughout the year by email so we can't keep in touch.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my spending one week at camp with a camper.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

offer hospitals help with families with children with cancers. Spread the word about what a great thing Camp Quality is and how we can help them.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the difference that I make to a child with cancer.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

fantastic! Life long friends.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help more families with children with cancer.

Ways to make it better...

Mother Nature would give us a great week of weather at camp.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

fundraising. The economy has to be affecting fundraising for the group.

One thing I'd also say is that...

This is probably one of the best things that I have ever done and been a part of in my life.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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