This was Casey's first go-away camp. We were nervous. Casey was nervous. He just finished radiation, had no hair and felt alone. It took a day or two but he left counting the days to next year! He loved it! As parents, we were relaxed knowing he had his own camp counselor. We would highly recommend Camp Quality!
My daughter age 8 is my cancer fighter. We decided to let her go to camp this summer. It was the best thing for her. It gave her self esteem and confidence. She had a Gtube and port during camp. But she came back from camp eating more by mouth and just smiling more. I can't say enough about Camp Quality. They truly made a difference for my little girl.
3 of my children attended camp this year. Camp Quality does amazing things. The pictures tell the whole story without words ❤️
Camp Quality has been there for us in many ways to make us feel like family. The volunteers become your close friends because they care so much for the kids. When my son had cancer they gave him special opportunities like camp and many other things to give us hope. They mean the world to us!
Camp Quality has been life changing for our family. For 3 years David's immune system was really low during treatments. He missed out on so much. But attending camp each year has allowed David to be a kid again. His companions are the most selfless humble people who give their all for the kids. The experiences he has had these last 4 years will be with him for a lifetime. Camp is the highlight of his year every year. These volunteers have blessed us all so much! They provide activities all year the whole family can participate in too. For a family caring for a child with cancer this provides a tremendous support system!
Camp Quality Michigan has some of the generous , kind hearted and loyal volunteers I have ever met. The joy they bring to the families they serve is beyond measure and continues beyond the summer camp experience .
I learned about Camp Quality in 2003 when my oldest grandson at the age of 6 was diagnosed with Wilm's Tumor, a kidney cancer and his Mom found this camp and Kyle went and had the best time. He couldn't talk enough about what a great time he had and I saw on the website that they needed volunteers since each camper has their own companion and I decided to volunteer and got my best friend to come also. We continued volunteering for the next 10 years. It was very rewarding to see the children have a week at camp and enjoy everything that the camp had to offer them. My grandson went every year until he graduated and then came back as a companion. He is now 21 and volunteers every summer at both North and South Camp. We also made some life long friends while being at camp.
Would definitely recommend Camp Quality.
Camp Quality Michigan was something we hadn’t heard of until our daughter completed cancer treatment. Through other cancer survivors we learned about this incredible nonprofit organization who brought such joy to our daughter for three summers! She still remains in contact with her camp companion and other friends she has met from her camp experience. We strongly recommend this incredible organization and it’s efforts to relieve those in need and return smiles to the faces of children who endured so much!
My daughter has been a camper since 2010. It is a wonderful place for kids to get away from everything and just be a kid. The companions are always wonderful. Staff a.d volunteers are all the best and love on the kids in an incredible way. My daughter is dreading graduation from camp but I am sure she will return as a volunteer as an adult. Truly amazing experience every year!
I help volunteer as a camp nurse at Camp Quality! I can’t imagine a better organization! The love, compassion, and services provided to children with cancer and their families is unrivaled. The joy in the kids faces as they come back year after year shows how important and necessary this program is. The fun opportunities and escape that a week at camp provides to these kids for no cost at all...is magical for them, for their families, and for us volunteers as well. It’s just great.
It has been 7 months since I first became involved with Camp Quality and I can honestly say it has been life changing. This organization is stacked with some of the most generous, kind-hearted compassionate volunteers who all driven by the same incredible group of kids. The children and families that are served by camp quality are truly in a league of their own. These kids and their families come together a few times a year and pick up right where they left off, supporting & caring for one another and have the time of their lives. The few events I have be fortunate to attend have been so memorable and heart warming, the sounds of laughter and pure joy, big smiles & the genuine thank yous make every minute of work and preparation worth it.
our quilt group started making quilts for the kids. Once I visited the camp and interacted with them and the volunteers, I was hooked. These kids have been through so much but they still have such strong and giving spirits that they are my heroes. I volunteered as a nurse for about seven years and last year switched to the supervisor role. I loved being out with the kids all day. I have never experienced a program with such giving volunteers including the companions. They are with those kids 24/7 and they do it with smiles on their faces. These young people make me proud and I know they will continue to make a huge positive contribution to our world, when people ask me about my week at Camp Quality I simply say, it’s the best week all year. I leave filled up with hope and joy and blessed beyond measure.
Camp Quality is an amazing experience for children with cancer or that have been diagnosed with cancer. My personal experience with Camp Quality has been as not only a companion but as a family member of someone who’s been to Camp Quality as a camper. My cousin went to camp when she was fighting her battle with cancer at age 11, she loved camp, the one time she was alive and able to go. She forgot about the pain she was in and how tired she was because she was able to just go and be herself, be a kid again! I love being apart of this amazing non-profit because I feel like I’m giving back and honoring my cousin, while also helping in the fight against childhood cancer. “Letting kids with cancer, be kids again” -Camp Quality USA.
Camp Quality is an amazing organization! My family got involved when my cousin got cancer 10 years ago. We saw how much Camp meant to her and what it allowed her to do as a kid with cancer and we fell in love too! My cousins dad, my uncle became involved as a golf cart driver, then a companion and is now south camp director, when I turned 18 I became a companion and I look forward to it every summer! I feel like I am honoring my cousin by doing it and helping fight against this awful disease! I love to see the smiles on our kids faces when they are at camp, I love to see them getting away from the reality of their life and having cancer and being able to feel like themselves around other kids who have/had cancer like them. The bonds is staff make with the kids and the bonds the kids make with each other are forever lasting friendships I'll charish forever and I know they will too! It's truly an inspiring thing to be apart of!
Camp Quality Michigan has provided my son and our entire family with love and support during the hardest time in our lives, childhood cancer. Camp has meant so much to Davidand it is the highlight of his year. It offers a chance for him to experience friendship from the campers and volunteers and a chance to be a kid again. All the volunteers are like family to us. There have been many family weekend trips we have attended and were so honored to attend. These are the most fun memories of David’s childhood. And also memories our family will cherish forever. Camp Quality amazes me with the opportunity it provides every year to families affected by cancer. It really has been the light at the end of the tunnel for us. We are so blessed to have CQ in our lives
We love the CQ family! My daughter who has been attending the damp since 2013 would never miss a year. She is always very excited and can’t wait for camp. Every summer those 5 days are the best! She loves seeing her friends and the volunteers who became slowly “family” not only to her but also to us. Caring, great persons! Even outside the camp they take care of each other!❤️ On the picture my daughter with her companion.
Having finished my last year of twelve this year, I can accurately say that Camp Quality has changed my life. I’ve made great friends and forever family there. The volunteers are wonderful and give everything they can to these children. I look up to them dearly and hope to pass on the service they’ve given me.
This June will be my 12th year at Camp Quality and it is the highlight of my summer. I've made lifelong friendships and amazing memories there that will never be forgotten. Camp Quality is by far the best thing for a child fighting or have have fought cancer. It gives them a chance to forget that they're different. And be with other children who know what it's like and can relate to their experiences.
My granddaughter had been a camper with camp quality for a few years now. She absolutely love it. Learns so much and has made the best friends both in campers and counselors. Such love and caring
The most amazing volunteers that I have ever worked with! They truly share their time and energy just for the kids, expecting nothing in return.
Camp Quality is such a wonderful nonprofit organization. They've been in Michigan for 30 years and continue to serve children battling cancer and their families With camping & other events held throughout the year & offered at no cost to the families. The idea is to let children with cancer be kids again. Both the organization and all the volunteers are just wonderful people trying to make a positive impact on those facing some challenges in their life and hopefully put a smile on their face, create lasting memories, friendships & build strength & confidence within each of us.
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.
This will be my eleventh year at Camp Quality! It is my favorite part of the whole year. I have gotten to meet so many amazing people and do somethings I never thought I would do at this camp. With two main camp locations and Beaver Island Teen Camp(☘️
I've been attending camp for the best ten years, it is my favorite week of the whole year. This camp gives me and other kids (like me) the opportunity to meet other people who have had similar journeys. The slogan holds true, it really does allow kids with cancer to be kids again. Thank you Camp Quality
Camp Quality is a BLESSING on this earth. I had stage 4 ovarian cancer when I was a child and went to camp Quality for 8 years straight, making some of the best friends of my life. Now I'm 20 years old and back as a volunteer at camp and couldn't be happier. Camp Quality is golden and so are all of the people who run such an amazing event!
We LOVE Camp Quality!! They were so kind to my daughter. I felt more at ease leaving her with the great companion.
This was my son's first year and it exceeded our expectations.
Most amazing non profit/organization I have ever been a part of!
This past year was my first year being a companion for camp quality north and it was one of the best decisions I've ever made! All the kids were so appreciative, outgoing, and amazing to be around! I cant wait for next year!
Camp quality has been a wonderful opportunity for our granddaughter. Thank you
I was a companion at Camp Quality for about 7 years, and also a member of the Camp Organizing Committee in Boyne City. It was the best and most fulfilling time of my life. I would recommend being a Companion to anyone who has a desire to serve others.
Camp Quality Michigan has been serving children with cancer for 29 years with the help of a couple thousand wonderful volunteers over the 29 years in Michigan.
CAMP QUALITY has had tremendous donors who have given so that children with cancer can be kids again. All who have served and given have been blessed by knowing these amazing children. Thank you to everyone and those who will help in the future.
Camp Quality has made a huge impact on my son David and our whole family. He was not able to do a lot during treatment due to his weak immune system. But Camp Quality made it possible for him to not only have fun but also meet amazing volunteers, and so many friends. He looks forward to camp every year and it is life changing. The volunteers pour so much love into the kids. They also have other events through the year for the whole family. They are a very loving, caring and dedicated group of volunteers and we love them!!!!!
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.
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.
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!
It is fun and a good time to spend time with other people just like you and make new friends too. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!!
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.
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!!!
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!
My son was diagnosed with Leukemia about 2 Â½ 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.
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 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.
As a native Michiganian, I applaud this organization for their work. Camping is great fun in our beautiful state, and I'm happy to help fund this experience for children (and their families) who are struggling with or have survived this terrible disease.
I got involved with this organization by simply answering a newspaper ad. I always loved going away to camp when I was younger, and there was an ad in the paper looking for volunteers to be camp counselors for one week during the summer. I looked the organization up online and found out that I would be a one-on-one companion for a child that has or has had cancer. I thought this would be a fun week for me and a great way to reach out to a child. Little did I know, these children reached out to me. Every child that came to camp changed my life. To see these kids laughing and just "being kids" after everything they have gone through was great. They taught me to fully cherish life and to be thankful for all of the positive things. They taught me that if you concentrate on the hardships in life, you won't really live. I hope I have been able to give these kids a little of what they have given me. Camp Quality is the best organization I have ever been apart of. This camp proves to the kids that they are not alone (many times you will catch kids comparing scars or treatments) and it lets them get away from it all and have a great time. The kids can prove to themselves that they can do anything. One little girl that had cancer in her leg climbed a rock wall. One little girl that went blind from her cancer realized that she could do anything her peers can. What this camp gives to kids is priceless. They gain self-confidence, they don't feel "different" because they don't have hair, and they are all able to use each other and their companions as a support group.
The 5 days at Camp Quality was an experience I will not forget. Make no mistake, it is a challenge to spend 24hrs. a day with a young person and keep them focused on all the activities and their medical requirements. However, seeing them laughing, running, playing jokes on you, and every once in a while opening up about their feelings made it all worthwhile. The courage of these kids is truly something to aspire to. I'm sincerely grateful for the time I spent at Camp Quality.
2009 was my second time volunteering at Camp Quality. To me, Camp Quality is something to look forward to. Campers get to look forward to this. Sometimes this is the only really big and awesome thing they get to do all year. Lifelong friendships are formed and every child is able to relate and have someone else that has shared their story. They come to camp and can be a normal, active kid. The slogan is 100 percent true. ("Letting kids with cancer be kids again") The week we spend with the campers is inspirational. As a companion, I feel as I get more from camp sometimes than a camper does. They build you up and inspire you as an adult, when its the campanion who is supposed to be doing that! The kids are amazing, and I will always remember every single one. They made an impact on me to want to keep coming and keep helping. Besides the inspirational factor, camp is also a blast! They get to do all sorts of awesome activities that keep you busy from sun up to after sun down! As having a crafy camper, the craft ladies are amazing. They have so many great ideas to keep us busy and so many choices of supplies! They are very helpful. Camp Quality is something I would like to always be involved with. It's a way to let a child who has gone through it all, be a kid again.
I am 67 years of age and 2009 was my first volunteer experience at Camp Quality on Walloon Lake, MI. I have known about Camp Quality and have wanted to be with their summer camp for many years, but was not able to participate until this year. I was a "floater" which gave me the ability to get to know every aspect of the camp. I filled in wherever necessary and whenever necessary. I loved doing this. (ie: companion fill in, running errands, cart driver, kitchen, nurses area etc.) I have volunteered with some of their year round activities also. The people are marvelous to work with and I am looking forward to next year.
My daughter has attended Camp Quality for 11 years. She is currently 14 and counts down the days from her last day of camp to the first day next year. It provides her with such a wonderful and unique experience every year. Every time I pick her up she claims that "this was the best year ever". They also provide wonderful family and teen activities throughout the year. She really enjoys the winter ski weekend.
My daughter attended Camp Quality this summer for the first time. It was a wonderful experience for her. Because it was her first time away from home her brother was able to attend also. The both still ask me to return to camp. They had such a great time they wish they could go back camp now. As a parent you worry about your cancer kid especially when they are away from you. The staff at camp made me feel confortable leaving my child for the week. The staff was wonderful with my daughter. I couldn't ask for a better group of people to entrust my children with. Thank You Camp Quality!!!!!
I have been a volunteer for Camp Quality Michigan for 13 years and I look forward to spending time with my camp family any chance I get. I can honestly say that my time at camp has been life changing. Camp has taught me what really matters in life.. not the quantity of years that we are alive, but the QUALITY of life we LIVE. Camp Quality gives kids dealing with cancer a chance to be kids.. a chance to experience things they would otherwise miss out on because of their illness. It is truly a privilege to volunteer for this organization, and as long as my life allows, I will continue this commitment. They are my second family, need I say more? :)
Since my oldest daughter, Emma, had been diagnosed with cancer, we didn't have an opportunity to let her and her sister go and do many things. Camp Quality Michigan was just awesome!!! It is a wonderful camp that allows children of cancer to be with other children who are going through the same thing. This was the first time that my daughters had ever been to camp. They loved it. They talked about it for weeks. How much they loved their companions, the food, the activities. The experience they had there provided them with independence, self confidence, and memories that they will never forget. One week after camp, they were already talking about attending next year's Camp Quality Michigan. THANK YOU CAMP QUALITY MICHIGAN FOR A WONDERFUL SUMMER!!!
I'm a widowed mom whose only child just finished 3 1/2 years of chemotherapy. Camp Quality has been invaluable to both my son & me. Their summer camp for cancer kids not only gives the kids a great experience, but provides respite for parents, knowing that our kids are OK w/proper medical oversight, while we get much-needed time to tend to other pressing matters (including an occassional nap!).
Wow! What an experience to be able to be a worker at " Camp Quality ". I thought that maybe I could be of help in a small way to these kids. However they helped me to be a stronger person just by watching these kids to encourage each other. Some of the activites were very difficult for anyone to complete but watching these kids with cancer reaching the TOP was very rewarding to me and probably would surprise the Doctors and Parents of the cancer. I will be back next year to offer any help that is needed. Grandpa Ted
Camp Quality made a BIG difference in my child's life. She has made a lifelong friend in her companion and has met so many other wonderful people through her experiences. She looks forward to going to camp each summer.
It took my son 3 years to finally get the nerve to go to camp & leave me. When I got to camp to pick him up, us came up to me & said that he can't believe I didn't make him go all those other years :o) He also said he can't wait to go again next year & become a companion when he is 18. He absolutely had the time of his life. Almost three months later he is still talking about the friendships and fun he had. Camp Quality is an amazing camp for kids with or surviving cancer. It lets them all feel like kids and they all have something in common. Thank you again Camp Quality for all his memories!!!!
I have been the camp nurse for the last 3 years and the experience has been AMAZING! It is one of the most rewarding things I have done in my life. There are no words to describe the satisfaction you receive knowing that you have made even a small impact in someones life. The kids have given me more than I could ever give them. YOU SHOULD TRY IT TOO!!
My family has been continually touched by Camp quality. We were first told about this camp after my daughters second relapse with ALL Luekemia.I was a little apprehensive letting her stay away from home that very first time-But her experience was so uplifting and it helped her independency so much, that all the camp activities became our family staple that we planned our year around.I also thought it exceptional that siblings were included, family's suffer so much through the years of difficult treatment, mine so much that we experienced a divorce.This made Camp Quality even more theaputic for my children.Its wonderful to get with other families to share our experiences and mutual concerns.Camp Quality is truely filled with a fantasic, loving "family" that touches the lives of so very many.... thanks so very Much to All!!! Sienna Miller's Family
Camp Quality was an amazing, rewarding experience that I will never forget and plan to volunteer again in the future. It was not only extremely well organized but the leaders were very helpful in making sure everything went smooth.
My experience was amazing. I loved being there and seeing the kids with their smiling faces looking back at me :)
I started volunteering with Camp Quality Michigan in 2007 as a companion at South Camp. I immediately fell in love with the campers, families and staff. Last fall, I took on the position of Camper Recruitment Coordinator for the 2009 camp. I was able to connect with potential campers and their families, while spreading the word about CQ and all it has to offer (free of charge, of course!) Camp Quality is the perfect place for children with cancer to feel like a "normal child" again. They are surrounded by individuals who understand what a child with cancer goes through. Children can attend camp without the fear of being judged, asked personal questions, or stared at, because almost every camper there knows what it is like to experience side effects from treatment. CQ has provided me with memories that will last forever, and I know that wherever I am in my life or career, I will always spend a week of my summer at CQ.
I started volunteering for this organization in 2006- I have not been able to leave yet! My camper and I have become good friends and we talk anywhere from once a week to once a month. Camp Quality allows just what they advertise:kids to be kids again. My camper has made so many strong, lifelong connections to close friends- it is amazing.
CAMP QUALITY IS TRULY AMAZING! This past summer was my first summer involved with Camp Quality, and now I cannot see my summers without it. The people involved with this camp are exceptional. Giving up their time to spend with children in need. Not only are the adults and companions great, but SO ARE THE KIDS! I have never been to a camp when the kids weren't so quick to judge and things weren't all about competition. At most camps, when organized games are played it is all about winning, and being the best. Here it is about trying something new, giving your all, having fun, and supporting each other. The kids here are experiencing something I never did as a teen, SUPPORT FROM MY PEERS! I have also never played a 20 inning baseball game, with 15 kids in the outfield, no score, everyone and anyone rooting you on. My camper has taught me so much about love, life and enjoying it to the fullest. I only hope I have taught my camper as much as she has helped me! I LOVE CAMP QUALITY!
Camp Quality - North Camp has been a blessing in our sons life. He loves all of the volunteers and friends and is already planning for next year. The camp program has extended itself to us and we get to go on special ski weekend and adventures a couple times a year. Often this get away is the only one we allow for all year. We are so grateful to everyone that donates and volunteers their time to this fantastic organization. My son has been a return camper for the past 6 years and we have never felt disappointed in his experience. Even in his first year, while in the middle of chemotherapy the camp kept him safe and allowed us to have peace of mind, that if only for a week he was going to be a regular kid for a week.
Camp Quality was a wonderful experience that made a difference in the lives of both campers and volunteers. The personal feeling the staff and volunteers are taught to give the campers is like no other volunteer experience I have ever participated in. While the experience was deeply emotional, it was rewarding knowing that I was part of allowing children to be children again.
I was a first time volunteer this summer for Camp Quality and I had so much fun. Everyone was there for the kids and the experience was amazing. The campers have gone through so much at such a young age and truly are miracles. Being able to help provide a week free of cancer for them was an honor. Everyone was so nice and I was able to meet many people. Everyone comes from all over and has different backgrounds but comes together and makes this week possible. I plan to come back again in the future and have recommended it to many others.
Camp Quality was the absolute best week of my summer. It was great to be able to work in the environment that Camp provides for the kids. Everyone says that once you become a part of the CQ family, you can't stop and it's so true!
I first went to Camp Quality when I was 16 in 2008. I had been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in my salivary gland called adenocystic carcinoma when I was 15 in May of 2007. I was in treatment the entire summer, but the following summer was awesome, going to Camp Quality and meeting so many people that I could actually relate to. Going through cancer in the middle of my high school career was very difficult, but I remained friends with many of the people I had been to camp with. Talking to them really helped pull me around and to realize that I wasn't alone. The people who worked so hard to make those 2 weeks possible are truly my heroes and my angels. That one week of freedom from cancer and doctors and hospitals and tests and treatments was truly a God-send. Cancer changed my life forever, in both good and bad ways. Cancer was not good, and I wouldn't wish it on anyone. But my response to cancer has transformed my life, and Camp Quality was a very important part of that.