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Kelsey and Emma enjoy cooking at Camp Dost

Kelsey doing woodworking, an annual event at Camp Dost

Kelsey enjoyed fishing at Camp

Kelsey rides horse at Camp Dost

Kelsey works on crafts, with Camp Counselor Lori

Shawn and Kelsey go for a bike ride at Camp Dost

Kelsey enjoys Harley day at Ronald McDonald Camp (Cancer camp through Children's Hospital of Philadelphia)

Kelsey and fellow Campers, enjoy crazy hair day, where they got to shave Camp Counselor Bruce's head

Camp Counselors sing and dance for Kelsey and Kylie

Ale Barben and Kylie Kuhns of Kelsey's Dream present handmade blankets, water bottles, Camp Dost t-shirts and a check to Carol Morris, Camp Dost Director- 2009

 

 

Camp Dost

 

ALL ABOUT CAMP DOST

In 1983, the Danville Ronald McDonald House initiated Camp Dost. It was the first summer camp in Pennsylvania for children stricken with cancer. Camp Dost was founded on the philosophy that every child deserves the chance to experience the challenges and rewards of summer camp. As the first camp for children with cancer in the state of Pennsylvania, Camp Dost has become a model for cancer camps across the country.

Camp Dost is designed especially to cater to the medical needs of children with cancer. Campers go to the Med Shed, a state-of-the-art medical facility on site for their medications and chemotherapy. Volunteer medical professionals, both doctors and nurses, distribute medications and care for their special needs.

At Camp Dost, children with cancer have fun doing many of the things other children their ages do, and more. For one week these special youngsters have the opportunity to forget about being sick and instead just enjoy being a child at summer camp. The camp curriculum provides a wide range of activities such as swimming, fishing, boating, archery, biking, arts & crafts, dancing & singing, developing nature skills and other nightly entertainment.

Location

The Danville Ronald McDonald House pays a rental fee to utilize the facilities at Camp Victory in MillVille, Columbia County, Pennsylvania.

How Camp Dost is funded

Camp Dost is a program of the Danville Ronald McDonald House and is sponsored by the nonprofit organization in cooperation with contributions from individuals, foundations, businesses, corporations and organizations.

No fee for Campers…

Families are not charged a fee to send their child/children to Camp Dost. The estimated cost per full-week camper is $253 & $50 per 24 Hour camper.

There are two programs within Camp Dost…

Week-long Camp

The full week of camp is for children 5 to 18 years old who have cancer. If a child becomes cancer free and goes off treatment they are still eligible to attend the week-long program for five years or until they reach age 18.

24-Hour Camp:

This is for children ages 4 and 5 that have cancer and have not yet attended one year of school.

In keeping with the Camp Dost mission of making the camp experience as enjoyable as possible for both the child and his or her family, a sibling is permitted and encouraged to accompany each camper.

 Campers

Approximately 100 children attend Camp Dost each year. Campers come from across the state of Pennsylvania as well as New York. Campers who attend the program are patients of the Geisinger Health System.

To qualify for Camp Dost a child must be diagnosed with cancer or be a sibling of a child diagnosed with cancer between the ages of 5 and 18. Families find out about Camp Dost primarily through physician referrals. The program is also publicized in Danville Ronald McDonald House brochures, newsletters and news releases.

Camp Dost Volunteer Staff

Paid Staff:

  • 1 paid part-time employee; The Danville Ronald McDonald House Camp Dost Coordinator is the only paid employee. The hours assigned to this position are divided between overseeing the volunteers who work year round to plan and execute the camp and also administrative duties for the Ronald McDonald House.                                                  
  • Camp Dost Steering Committee: Comprised of 10 Volunteers. They meet and work year round to plan the camp curriculum, interview, select and train counselors and other needed volunteer staff.

Camp Dost Medical Team:

Seven members who volunteer their time and staff the full week 
of Camp Dost. Located on site     
in the medical shed building to administer treatments and care for the medical needs of the campers.

  • 3 Pediatric Oncologists
  • 2 Nurse Practitioners
  • 2 Pediatric Oncology Nurses

Camp Counselors

Each year the Camp Dost staff is comprised of approximately 70 volunteers who work as the camp counselors. Camp volunteers come from Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, Texas, Illinois, Georgia, Michigan, California, South Carolina, Wisconsin, and West Virginia. Also, many of the volunteers at Camp are the very people who care for the children at the Janet Weis Children’s Hospital at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA.

   Kelsey’s Dream supports Camp Dost

An opening night carnival is one of the events that Kelsey's Dream is able to sponsor for Camp Dost, a Pediatric Cancer Camp, held annually, in July in Millville. The carnival was eliminated years ago because of funding.  

Kelsey's Dream funds the Camp Dost t-shirts every year for campers and staff, freeing $1,200 of funds to be used on other camp programs. Water bottles are supplied to each camper by Kelsey's Dream.

Each of the campers get a surprise on their bed when they arrive.  A handmade blanket was given to each camper, funded and made by Kelsey's Dream.  

Kelsey's Dream Gives to Camp Dost

In 1983, the Danville Ronald McDonald House initiated Camp Dost. It was the first summer camp in Pennsylvania for children stricken with cancer. Camp Dost was founded on the philosophy that every child deserves the chance to experience the challenged and rewards of summer camp. As the first camp for children with cancer in the state of Pennsylvania, Camp Dost has become a model for cancer camps across the country.

Kelsey's Dream has a personal connection to Camp Dost because Kelsey and Kylie were campers. Each camper is allowed to bring a sibling along to camp to share in the experience. Kylie Kuhns and Becca Kratzer presented the donated t-shirts every year for campers and staff, freeing $1,400 of funds to be used on other camp programs. Each of the campers has a surprise on their bed when they arrive, 100 handmade blankets were made by Kelsey's Dream volunteers and given to each camper.


Becca Kratzer and Kylie Kuhns giving blankets
and water bottles to Carol Morris for Camp
Dost 2012.

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