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!
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. email@example.com.
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