ABOUT CAMP HIS KIDS
Treatment Camp: For children ages 7-14 who are undergoing cancer treatment or in remission. Children with cancer find a place outside the hospital where they can feel like a “normal” kid again, where being bald is not unusual and other campers can relate to what they are going through, all while getting their daily medications from registered nurses who work in hematology/oncology in the St. Louis area.
Sibling Camp: For children ages 7-14 who are siblings of childhood cancer patients or have lost a sibling to cancer. Siblings of children with cancer find a place where they are just as special as their brother or sister on treatment, and they find friends that understand their complicated feelings. They get a week to have fun and be free of the typical stress in the home of a seriously ill child!
LIT Camp: For teens (ages 15-17) with cancer or in remission and teen siblings of children with cancer. In LIT (Leaders in Training) camp, teens find a place to learn what it means to be a counselor for children on treatment and their siblings and a leader in their school or community. They also get a week to participate in fun activities, share their own feelings and make friends that last a lifetime!
Camp HIS KIDS provides a unique experience by giving these special children an opportunity to meet others that are going through the same circumstances outside of the hospital environment. Each activity at camp is therapeutically designed to meet the emotional and social needs of our campers as well as the physical ones. These activities are planned by our highly trained Camp Directors including an art therapist, counselor, recreation specialist, and an early childhood education specialist. We have a staff of around 50 volunteers (ages 17+) at Camp HIS KIDS. Many of these volunteers started coming to camp as campers or LITs, but that is not a requirement. Our volunteers participate in training weekend before the campers arrive at Camp HIS KIDS so they are prepared and well-trained to care for our campers and LITs.
Camp HIS KIDS has been twice awarded the Stellar Performance Award for Best Special Needs Camp in the St. Louis area! (2005 & 2010 by Variety, the Children's Charity of St. Louis)
We are also a member of the Children's Oncology Camping Association (COCA) which strengthens children's cancer camps through networking, education, and advocacy. In 2017, we were awarded Gold Ribbon Camp Status for exceptional oncology camping and we were re-certified in 2022.
Camp HIS KIDS is financially supported by several foundations, businesses, and organizations as well as many individuals and families. Many thanks to them all and a special thanks to our major giving partners for 2023:
The "Nurse Sarah" Smallen Memorial Fund