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
2009 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I became involved with Camp Quality 4 years ago. At the time, my father beat Stage 3 Colon Cancer and I needed to give back to the "cancer community" and help everyone that that i possibly could. I know how cancer affected my father and how people were scared of him and I needed to change that outlook. I joined CQ, I liked their motto, "letting kids with cancer be kids again". The first summer at camp, I was paired up with a little girl that changed my life remarkable. We met so many people, where everyone looked the same, had the same scars and evryone was smiling. We did everything possible at camp, from ziplines, to horseback riding and arts and crafts. She is my "buddy'. now, 4 years later, I want every child that comes to camp, to leave feeling "like a kid again". I can't explain to you how Camp Quality has touched so many people. It is a wonderful organization. We are a huge family, where we all keep in touch. Unfortunately, we do have some sad times, and thats when all CQ members come together and support one another. With our friendship, our stories of camp we get through it. I am so proud of Camp Quality. And i thank them all the time for choosing me to make a difference in a childs life.

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

my daily life. I receive emails from the parents and kids thanking me, wnating to know if i will be at the next camp quality event.

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

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

the smiles from the children. The thank you cards, from the parents and overall, on the last day of camp when the parents come to pick up their child, they say to me" thank you so much for all that you do for Camp Quality". That right there says it all.

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

unbelievable. The staff and volunteers are part of my family now.

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

Cure childhood cancer................................................................and our camp would close. that would be a wonderful day!

Ways to make it better...

i would of volunteered along time ago for this organization.

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

there are too many children with cancer.

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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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

Terrific experience. Great organization! Loved being a part of it as a companion! Life changing experience. What a difference this organization makes in children's lives.

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

Very outgoing and wanting to make a difference with everyone at camp.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-8-01

 
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5 people found this review helpful

My week at Camp Quality was one of the best weeks of my life. I volunteered as a companian this past summer. We were to "work" one-on-one with a camper. A camper was a 4 to 18 year old child who has, or is, battling cancer. We were trained for a day, but I really did not know what to expect. The entire week was such a warm fuzzy for everyone!!! Camp was so well organized. The word bored was never uttered or thought. There were so many activities, team building skills, and opportunities throughout each day. I truly felt like my own personal family had just grown by 150 people. The children have so much fun, and the memories that are made are extremely valuable. I have shared my experience with so many already, because it meant so much to me. I honestly cannot think of one aspect that I would change or improve upon. This was my first year at Camp Quality, but it will definitely not be my last. Tracey Feil

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

wonderfully suited to the types of campers each encountered. Michelle Cook did a fantastic job of pairing campers to companians. Everyone always had a smile on their faces and kind words on there lips. It was a great place to be for a week.

Ways to make it better...

I had brought a fan to camp. The first few days were very very hot. I honestly cannot say anything critical of camp.

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?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

 
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6 people found this review helpful

This was my second year as a companion to a very special little girl named Ragan. We really hit it off last year and I was very excited to spend another week with her this past July. We did a lot of fun activities during the week, but I would dare to say that her favorite might have been making me into a human sundae! We shared a room with Jan and Katie. Early in the week Katie and Ragan made up a password which Jan and I had to remember to re-enter our room. I hope that we will be able to meet again next summer.

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

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

The chance to help a little girl have a funfilled week.

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

Outstanding! Each and everyone of the staff and volunteers clearly love what they do.

Ways to make it better...

I am completely drawing a blank! Maybe if I were just a little younger - but there really isn't anything that I can think of .... it is very well organized and run by people who truly love and believe in the organization.

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 once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

 
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7 people found this review helpful

Camp Quality Michigan stands up to it's motto and truly allows children affected by cancer stand together with their new friends and forget about cancer all together. Over the span of seven fun-packed days in beautiful Petoskey, MI we become a family and are all connected to someone new in a new and exciting way.

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

renewed faith that we, together, can overcome and continue to live our lives everyday.

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

come up with non-religious prayer before meals.

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

the connections I made with great people.

Ways to make it better...

there wasn't an underlying religious base of strength.

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?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

 
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10 people found this review helpful

I have been a part of Camp Quality for three years and what a wonderful nonprofit program it is. Many people volunteer a lot of their time each year to make a week camp experience for children battling cancer an amazing & fun week. It is a great program with many great volunteers running it.

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

seeing the joy on so many cancer childrens' faces as they have so much fun at camp quality.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

 
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10 people found this review helpful

Attending Camp Quality each year is a highlight of my summer. I truly enjoy spending time with my camper and engaging in differnt summer camp activities with him. I treasure that relationship that has continues to build each summer with him.

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

The relationship that has formed between myself and my camper.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

 
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2 people found this review helpful

Camp Quality Michigan is a TERRIFIC organization! Each year we have wonderful volunteers (companions and staff members) that come together to deliver a wonderful program to our campers--each of which has, or has had, cancer. What makes CQ unique is the bond that is formed between camper and companion. Each camper is paired on-to-one with a companion that spends the entire week with them. Add in the spectacular programming that is provided and it all adds up to FUN!!!!! I HIGHLY recommend this organization..not only in Michigan but across the US!

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

My daughter! Being a cancer survivor, she has enjoyed the benefits of Camp Quality since her diagnosis. Seeing the positive impact Camp Quality makes in a child is rewarding.

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

Interaction with all the campers, families and volunteers that are brought together by this organization. They truly are one of a kind. They enrich each experience.

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

Offer additional weeks of camp and provide additional support services to the families of children affected by cancer.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

 
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