ADELPHIA –Camp Quality New Jersey, a volunteer-driven, community-funded non-profit organization providing free sleep-away camping experiences for children with cancer, has a limited number of openings for campers for its summer 2013 session from June 22-June 27.
The program is open to children who are between the ages of five and17 by the start of the session. They can be at any stage of their illness, regardless of physical limitations, but must be able to spend a week away from home or the hospital. The session is held at a fully-equipped sleep-away camp located off I-80 in rural Sussex County. A full-range of activities is offered from morning to night, all in keeping with the organization’s credo of “Letting kids with cancer be kids again.”
Founded in 2003, Camp Quality New Jersey’s programs are focused to care for the emotional needs of children with cancer and their families. “As these children face the ‘challenging days’ and celebrate the good ones, our support network of peers provides strength and hope,” said Sharon Goldman, Co-Director of the Adelphia-based organization. In addition to the summer camp session, support programs are offered throughout the year, such as reunions and family outings.
At camp, each child is matched with a volunteer companion aged 18 or older for the entire week. “Companions are an important part of the camp’s success, ensuring that children receive individualized attention and are well cared for while they are away from family members,” explained Jane Vaughn, co-director.
All companions go through extensive training and must meet stringent criteria before being matched. “Special care is given to matching to ensure that the companion is emotionally capable of attending to the needs of the camper and that the camper benefits from the experience and relationship that will carry throughout the year, beyond the summer camping experience,” Goldman added.
A professional medical staff specializing in pediatric oncology is on site at the camp, 24 hours a day, to dispense medication and attend to the medical needs of the camper. “Once again, we are pleased to partner with CentraState Medical Center in Freehold, St. Peters In New Brunswick and several other hospitals in New Jersey which provide medical staffing support and medical supplies,” said Ms. Vaughn.
For more information about Camp Quality New Jersey. including an application, visit www.campqualityusa.org/nj or call 1-732-642-9238.
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