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!
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.
We had decided to send son/grandson this year to Camp Quality. We had heard about the camp a couple of years prier to this but just couldn't bring ourself to sending him. No longer will we hesitate it was a wonderfull experance for him.He has not stopped talking about it or his companians. I know that it was wonderful for him to get out with kids like him.It will be one of the frist things we get him signed up for next summer!! Thanks To All
My first experience with Camp Quality Michigan was as a camper at the age of 8. I had lymphoblastic lymphoma when I was 4, and then after I had gone into remission we heard about this camp for kids who have or have had cancer, and I decided to go. I loved it from my first summer there, and began to look forward to it as the highlight of my summer every year. I continued to return as a camper for 9 more years, until the summer after I was a senior in high school. I took the required one year off, and came back as a companion after my sophomore year of college, and it was one of the best experiences of my life. I have had the same camper for 4 years now (and we plan to hit 5, and then keep going), and it is an amazing experience to get to watch her grow. Camp is one of the few places where I really felt like I fit in, while I was growing up. Although I was young when I had cancer, it still followed me. Everyone got worried about me when they heard that I had it, but there I could go and just be myself. We talked about cancer related things, and it wasn't strange - after all, we had all been through it. I got to experience things I never would have, otherwise. I got to ride an elephant, go up in a hot air balloon, go horse back riding, as well as just be in an environment where I was loved and respected. I'm still good friends with both campers and companions from when I was a camper, and love talking to all the interesting people that I've met. Camp Quality is one of the most wonderful experiences that I have ever had. I'm currently living in Alaska, but still plan to come back to camp - that's how important it is, to me and to all the people that we reach out and are able to help.
This was my first involvement with Camp Quality this last summer. I heard about it through a classmate and decided to volunteer as a companion. I never thought it would have such an effect on me. The kids, the staff and everyone involved, all make this week amazing. I will definitely be back next year and have recruited a friend to help and experience this astonishing organization. My camper and I have been keeping in touch on facebook, but I cannot wait till Oct. 11th for the re-union to see everyone.
Being a volunteer for Camp Quality has been a huge part of my life for the past 3 years. The smiles, hugs, cheers are abundant all week long! All the support and love don’t end with camp. There’s also tons of other activities all FREE to the kids and their families. I LOVE CAMP QUALITY and what it stands for. The kids are my heroes. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your family.
Camp Quality is an amazing program! My daughter is in remission from Leukemia and has been attending camp at Camp Quality for 6 years now and loves it! I have never met more dedicated individuals as the staff and companions with Camp Quality, their events throughout the year that include the family and allow the siblings to have a fun time is a terrific idea. The individual pairing of each child with a companion is a great idea and my daughter loves to communicate with her companion throughout the year. They now have 2 camps in Michigan which allows more children to attend camp but does make it harder to get space in the family outings. I would highly recommend any parent of a child with cancer to send your child to Camp Quality and rest assured that they are well taken care of and in good hands!
We were able to send our daughter to Camp Quality last year for the first time.. From the beginning, I knew that this was a great place!! She had the time of her life!! She can't wait to go back next year... but this time she told me that she wants to "stay the whole summer!! " Thank you again!
This is without a doubt the most heartwarming event I have ever be involved with.The aspect of what is being done is astounding. These kids are the most courageous people around and its my priviledge to help in the little way I can..God Bless all the kids!!! Dan Chemotti