Indian Summer Sibling Camp

What is the Indian Summer Sibling Camp?
Indian Summer Sibling camp is a program of Kids Cancer Alliance that focuses on supporting the siblings of children with cancer.  When a child is diagnosed with cancer if affects the whole family.  Many siblings feel scared, isolated, anxious, and lonely.  Sibling Camp offers them a respite and allows them to meet others who have shared experiences.  Cancer takes a toll on the entire family, and we feel this is an area where we can help.

What is the impact of the camp on the kids who take part?
The impact of camp is great. We see better coping skills, increased self-esteem, and positive peer support.  Many times it’s just because the kids understand one another.  They know what it feels like to want to protect your sibling and not be able too.  Many times they are the only person at their school or in their town in this situation.  It helps to have someone who understands what you are going through.  We want them to know that they are not alone.

13_kca_logo_801For those unaware, what is the Kids Cancer Alliance?
Beginning with our first oncology camp program in 1981, thousands of brave and amazing kids have found a reprieve from fighting cancer and a powerful alliance of support.  Over the years we’ve expanded to provide sibling and family programs as well as in-hospital and financial support.  As a non-profit organization, Kids Cancer Alliance relies entirely on donations to keep our programs absolutely free to every kid, sibling, and family.

What are some of the activities that kids can enjoy at the camp?
Our camps look like very traditional summer camp program.  We keep cancer in the background and the focus is on fun.  You’ll see swimming, arts and crafts, water balloon fights, field games, and lots of other things to keep them happy and entertained.  We want to give them attention that’s all their own.

How can people get involved and help the cause?
The best way to get involved is to visit our website.  There you can sign up for our newsletter, check out upcoming volunteer opportunities, or make a donation.  We are always on the lookout for passionate and dedicated volunteers to help us fulfill our mission.  By making a gift or volunteering your time, you help strengthen the alliance of support and give families back a little bit of what cancer took away.

Is there still space at the camp and if so how can people take part?
If you know a family that is affected by childhood cancer and would benefit from our programs, we still have space for campers.  If families are interested they can contact us at 502.365.1538 or by email at info@kidscanceralliance.org.