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
This was my second year as a companion to a very special little girl named Ragan. We really hit it off last year and I was very excited to spend another week with her this past July. We did a lot of fun activities during the week, but I would dare to say that her favorite might have been making me into a human sundae! We shared a room with Jan and Katie. Early in the week Katie and Ragan made up a password which Jan and I had to remember to re-enter our room. I hope that we will be able to meet again next summer.