A diagnosis of pediatric cancer or limb loss causes a child to grow up very fast. Often, carefree, joy-filled days of laugher and play with friends are taken away and replaced with isolation, appointments and hospital stays. The opportunity to feel like a "regular" kid can disappear and be replaced with feelings of anxiety and embarrassment for being seen as different. Sky High Hope Camp is a magical and transforming place that provides these incredible children time and a community to put their worries aside and just be a kid.
Our mission is to provide a one-week, genuine, summer camp experience for children and teens with current or past pediatric cancer and/or limb loss/limb-threatening conditions due to tumor, trauma, or infection. We understand how these conditions affect the entire family and welcome siblings of these children as well. Campers range in age from 8-18 and the cost to attend is free-of-charge to families. There is always medical staff on-site who are able to provide needed care and/or administer medications and chemotherapy.
Sky High Hope Camp offers a fun, safe, and adaptable program at the beautiful Buckhorn Summer Camp and Retreat Center in Bellvue, CO, west of Ft. Collins. The facilities include cabins with electricity and bathrooms, an infirmary, a dining room, and a camp store.
Campers build on their self-esteem, self-confidence, social skills, and independence in this mountain setting. They make new friends or reconnect with old, establish new skills, often participate in new experiences like rock climbing or paddle boarding, and create positive memories that last a lifetime.
Activities include arts and crafts, nature studies, canoeing and fishing, low ropes course, volleyball, archery, a themed dance, camper skits and music, and much more. Campers are encouraged to participate in all activities, however, arrangements are made for individual needs and we do encourage challenge-by-choice.