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 is a place where children with cancer can come and enjoy LIFE for a whole week. They are surrounded by people who care about them invidually, experience many new adventures,forget about treatments, and be with kids who are or who have gone through some of the same things that they are dealing with currently. It is an envornment of care and support for families and the child. I love being a part of the companion staff and I wouldn't spend a week doing anything else!
well my name is joshua zbyradowski and this wa my first myer at camp quality michigan and i loved it. it was the best experance in my life and i will do it for as long as i can. your life is changed by the end of camp.
This is my second year as a golf cart driver and I have as much fun as the campers. It is a pure joy to watch these campers riding horses, flying down the zip line or just laughing with other kids. I know two little campers who can melt your heart with a look, they like to ride around on a golf cart and I love taking them. The staff and companions are great people with big hearts, I am proud to be a part of this organization.
The Camp Quality "family" is an extraordinary group of individuals. From the campers, our inspiration, to the staff and volunteers, there could not be a more wonderful group of people! Camp is not just a week in the summer; it is a year-long support system. I have served as a companion at camp for five summers and I am continually amazed at the amount of love and support found at camp.
As a first year volunteer at the Michigan North Camp, I enjoyed this experience very much, as it provided a glimpse into many different facets of the camp, as well as an opportunity to get acquianted with many other staff members, volunteers and campers. I felt this was an extremely well run camp and was so impressed with the energy and enthusiasm of the staff and campers alike. There was a tremendous amount of planning and coordinating involved, and I commend the staff for a job well done...from hot air balloon rides to the high ropes couse/climbing wall to playing ball with some former Detroit Tigers players. The experience was fun and rewarding, and I'm already looking forward to next year.
I HAD VOLUNTEERED WITH THE BARNARD GRANGE THE PAST 6 YEARS, AND DECIDED TO BE A FULL TIME VOLUNTEER THIS YEAR, A DECISION I WILL NEVER REGRET...I WAS A DAY FLOATER AT THE NORTH CAMP, I MADE RUNS INTO PETOSKEY FOR NEEDED SUPPLIES, DROVE THE GOLF CARTS FOR A DAY, BUT SPENT MOST OF MY TIME IN THE KITCHEN...THE DAY I DROVE THE GOLF CARTS I HAD THE PRIVLEGE OF TAKING ONE OF THE KIDS CONFINED IN A WHEEL CHAIR TO THE ZIP LINE...I STAYED AND WATCHED HER DO HER FLIGHT..THEY HOOKED HER UP AND SHE TOOK OFF FROM THE PLATFORM AND SPREAD HER ARMS AND LEGS LIKE SHE WAS FLYING..WITH LOTS OF LAUGHS..HOW WONDERFUL THAT WE COULD GIVE HER THOSE MOMENTS OF FREEDOM...I SAW THIS SAME CHILD LATER AT DINNER AND ASK HER HOW MANY TIMES SHE WENT ON THE ZIP LINE AND SHE GAVE ME A GREAT BIG SMILE AND SAID 4...THE HOLE EXPERIENCE WAS VERY UPLIFTING FOR ME, EXPECIALLY TO SEE THE KIDS HAVING SUCH A GOOD TIME...I THINK THE NORTH CAMP LOTS OF KUDOS FOR SUCH A FINE PROGRAM FOR THOSE KIDS...
This was the first year that I got involved with Camp Quality. Going into it I wasn't exactly sure what to expect. I was so overwelmed efforts of the staff and volunteer to help to make an incrediable week for the children. There were so many didn't activies going on each day. There was never a dull moment. The children really enjoyed escaping to camp and forgetting about the worries in their lifes I have never seen so many kids as happy in my life. Camp Quality is truely something special!
I became involved with Camp Quality after my grandson was a camper back in 2003 and he was so excited and had such a great experience at the age of 6. The next year I became involved as a companion and also got my best friend to come and we have been coming every since. This was our sixth year at camp this past August. We are both part of the kitchen staff and thoroughly enjoy seeing the kids have such a great time getting together with other campers they have met over the years who keep coming back year after year and meeting new campers. The companions are matched up so well with their camper and they surely have a good time since there is so much for the kids to do at camp. I, myself, enjoy getting together with other companions, campers and staff each year and see how the kids have grown and that they are still part of the Camp Quality family.
Camp Quality has changed my life forever. My first time I went to camp I was a very shy girl and did not knowing anyone. I made friends immediately because everyone is so friendly. The one on one camper companion ration really makes everyone feel special. These kids who have gone through such a traumatic event now have all attention on them. And for their parents, they get a break for a week, knowing their children are safe and taken care of. My camper has attended the camp for over 10 years where I have only attended twice. Both of us enjoy the new special events that happen every year. At points she feels like she has done everything and then we discover a new activity she has never tried. Camp Quality has taught me patience, understanding, sympathy, strength, flexibility and so much more. I tear up thinking about the joy these children experience when at camp. Camp isn’t just a week long experience, it is for life! My camper has made best friends that she sees regularly outside of camp. This year I ran every morning of camp to stay in shape. One morning I got the opportunity to run with a 17 year old cancer survivor. I felt so empowered and she pushed me to my limit and made me a better person and a better runner. My favorite experience was during the memorial service. I was having a hard time dealing with a loss of one of last year’s campers. One of the 8 year old cancer survivors turned around in her seat, saw that I was crying and held my hand. The strength of this child blows my mind. I am a relatively healthy person and this little girl who has gone through so much, comforted me when I was crying. I still am shocked by this event. It most likely meant nothing to her, she just wanted me to feel better, but I will NEVER forget that moment, EVER. Camp quality has also given me tools to deal with death. This is a very important part of camp. It shows me they know how I feel and care about my emotional health, while at camp and while away from camp. I have told hundreds of people about my experiences. This camp has also led me to a career as a Child Life Specialist. I am currently pursuing a degree in Child Life, focusing on play as an important role in hospitalization. This camp is the ultimate Child Life experience. At work, I bring crafts to children waiting for doctors or deliver toys to children that need something to do during long doctor’s appointments. When I receive my degree, I will be distracting children during procedures, helping the child and family deal with the illness, and aiding in the process of bereavement. This camp has showed me how important the role of play has on children dealing with cancer. I plan to take everything I have learned and use it in my career. I am from the Chicago suburbs, one of the only volunteers from out of state and I drive 7-8 hours to get to camp. This year I had one day in between the last day of camp and the first day of school (University of Iowa). Driving 12 hours in a 24 hours period was tough but so worth it. I wouldn’t miss camp for anything! I encourage everyone to get involved with something they love and this is mine. I love the smiles and the joy radiating from the children who attend Camp Quality Michigan. This year we had the most people ever at camp and everyone is included. I look forward to the next year as I drive off the campground on my way home from camp!
I have been involved with Camp Quality since 2007 when my daughter (Stacy Brooks) asked me to help. I have been a companion to a six year old and last year I became part of the staff working with arts and crafts and overseeing activities in the main lodge. This has been the most fulfilling experience of my life. Cancer has touched our family in a very personal way and because of this we all felt like we needed to give something back for all the help, love and support that was given to us at a very hard time. What better way is there then to give children a chance to just be kids again when they are fighting everyday for their life. What better way then to give parents a break and to know that their kids are having fun and just being kids for a week. Camp Quality is a Great Big Slice of Sunshine in their uncertain and scary world.
I absolutely love Camp Quality. When I signed up to be a companion I was nervous that I wouldn't be strong enough to be help a child with cancer. But being around those incredible children for a week was the most inspiring thing I could have ever done. They teach you strength and compassion and you just have the most amazing time! CQ is awesome because it's all free for the campers and their companions! And because it provides a comfortable and safe environment for children who deserve a fun week of being a kid! I honestly can't wait to return as a 3rd year companion next summer!
When asked to help at Camp Quality, a camp for kids with cancer, I was a little nervous. The thought of a child with cancer is enough to make me cry! I decided that I could be strong and I would help and I am so glad I did. The unbelievable number of incredible people who volunteer during the week is awesome!! The camp is a week for the children to forget that they have cancer and to have a ton of fun, AND THEY DO!! I was overwhelmed by the number of volunteers who spend the entire week with a camper, cook, clean, take photos, bring a hot air balloon, provide free concessions, do crafts, take kids fishing, horseback riding, help build rockets, take kids canoeing, swimming, climbing, scrapbooking. The last thing on their minds is cancer! What an awesome organization! To see a child who has been through so much (surgery, months of chemotherapy and radiation), smile a genuine fun filled smile, is incredible!! Instead of sadness and illness, this camp is filled with fun, laughter, and excitement!!
Camp was fantastic. This was my 2nd year as a Companion at Camp Quality and it is one of the best experiences in my life. I look forward to it every year now. The kids seem to have a blast too. There are so many activities to do, it's almost hard to do them all! This is one of the finest organizations out there.
Camp Quality is an amazing organization that allows lids with cancer to be kids again, even if for only that one week at camp. My parents were the first in my family to be involved. They just finished their 12th year. My mom runs a craft cabin, my dad drives a golf cart to transport campers to and from activities, and I lifeguard and help to run the waterfront activities. This year my son also volunteered as a lifeguard. Three generations of giving to a cause we truly believe in. We wouldn't do anything else with our time that week. Our family is also involved in the Boyne Thunder fundraiser for CQ. Anything we can do for CQ...because paraphrasing another volunteer.."it is not the quantity of time on earth, but the QUALITY of time"...Camp Quality Rocks!
This is the second year that I have volunteered at Camp Quality Michigan. I am proud to be paired with my new friend Justin. I continue to see him and his family.I feel fortunate that I am able to provide him with a great camp experience at no cost to his family.As a cancer survivor the doctors were able to heal my body but these children have mended my heart. I am honored to be a small part of Camp Quality Michigan. My favorite memory from camp this year was dancing with a little girl, who is visually impaired due to cancer, to a country song.We were not singing in tune or dancing to the beat but we were having the time of our lives. Could life get any better?
I cannot even begin to explain what Camp Quality has done for me. I joined the Camp Quality family back in 2007, and it will forever be a part of my life. What this camp provides for children with cancer is unlike anything I have ever seen before. These children get to come to camp for a week without having to pay for anything. There is so much food, crafts, gifts given to these children in one week, while their parents get to relax and spend time with each other or with other siblings who sometimes do not get the attention that they need. When you spend a week at Camp Quality, it touches your heart no matter what kind of person you are. There is not one volunteer that joins the staff that is not capable of caring for these children. Children are allowed to be children again and forget about all the treatment they have to go through and all the stares and looks they get. I have had a camper who has passed away, and the Camp Quality family and staff has provided myself and that family with so much support and love and character that I cannot even express to you in words. I am thankful every day of my life for Camp Quality and I always anticipate the next event they put on.
I was a companion for a camper at Camp Quality. It was one of the greatest experiences of my life. Camp Quality sets up the companion-camper relationship in a way that is comfortable to both parties. The training does a decent job of preparing the companions for what to expect and how to react to certain situations. At the camp, the administration does an excellent job in scheduling the events and making them fun for everyone. My camper and I had a lot of fun on the water activities, the zip line, and at the events thrown by the Camp Copneconic staff. Camp Quality does a great thing bringing a smile to everyone who is involved, especially the campers. It was a privilege to be a part of that.
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.
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.
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