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 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!
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.