SWKCF in Arizona Health and Living Magazine

As our families begin arriving for Family Overnight, and our Sidekicks begin packing for their week at Camp, Arizona Health and Living Magazine is featuring a story about Southwest Kids’ Cancer Foundation.

Check out the full story, written by our very own Erin Vosseller, at Arizona Health and Living!

And stay tuned for daily recaps of Camp posted right here on the AZ Camp Sunrise & Sidekicks website and on our Facebook page!

 

What Does AZ Camp Sidekicks Mean to Siblings?

The volunteers at Arizona Camp Sunrise & Sidekicks have always been proud of the programming that we offer to siblings of children affected by cancer. Barb Nicholas, Executive Director of AZ Camp Sunrise & Sidekicks shares the following story, showing why we are so passionate about sibling programming.


I received a call from a parent (Mary) of a sibling camper (Sidekick) (Nick) before summer camp began. She was concerned about sending her son to camp. He was having such a hard time with the fact that his younger bother (John) had been diagnosed with cancer.

Mary wanted to be sure that Nick would be ok coming to camp. “What if he doesn’t make friends”, “What if he has a hard time being away from us”? All very normal questions from a parent sending her child to camp for the first time. She went on to tell me that Nick was so angry that his brother was sick , he was so quiet and sad and she wanted to be sure that we would be extra sensitive to his needs. I assured her that Nick would be well taken care of, at the end of the conversation she decided Nick would come to camp.

At camp Nick thrived, he made friends, took Archery class, rode in a canoe. Did all the things that kids do at camp, and he did another thing as well…he talked to other kids who were just like him. He listened to other kids talk about cancer, how they were afraid too. He came to understand that even though you are afraid and scared you can get through it.

I got another call from Mary a few days after camp ended. They had come up to camp and picked Nick up. She said “Barb I don’t know what you did to/for Nick at camp, but on the way home from camp it was the first time since his brother was diagnosed with cancer that he actually talked about it! He asked us questions and he told us stories about the other kids he had met that had siblings with the same kind of cancer as his brother had. He had hope Barb. For the first time he had hope.”

She was so thankful, so amazed at what had happened. This is what camps does for kids, gives them opportunities to be kids, to have that attention they need and to give them hope. Nick continues to come to camp and now his little brother goes to camp as well. He is in his 3rd year of remission. Now they both have something to look forward to each summer. They get to go to camp, they get to be kids and they get to have hope.

Date Change for Spring Retreat 2016

The dates for Spring Retreat have changed. Spring Retreat 2016 will now occur April 1-3, 2016. Update you calendars accordingly!

We look forward to seeing all of our 8-12 year old campers this Spring!

2015 Camp Registration is Live!

AZ Camp Sunrise & Sidekicks is coming off a record year, with both camps serving more families affected by childhood cancer than ever before. Your campers are the reason our all-volunteer staff continues to strive to offer the best experience possible, year after year. And our staff is ready to move forward and tackle another year of activities!

We are excited to announce that registration for our 2015 camping season is now available! This includes our Summer Camps as well as our retreats, family camps, and day camps. For a full list of activities and dates, please visit our Calendar.

Our amazing campers come from all over the Southwest United States and have one thing in common: their lives have been directly impacted by cancer. Arizona Camp Sunrise exists because of the strength and hope inherent in each and every one of our campers. Arizona Camp Sunrise programs are for children who have or have had cancer, ages 3-18. Arizona Camp Sidekicks programs are for the brothers and sisters (ages 3-18) of those who have or have had cancer.

For RETURNING CAMPERS, you will use the same account created last year. Sign into your Parent Dashboard, and fill out a new Enrollment Form for each of your campers.

For NEW CAMPERS, registration for Arizona Camp Sunrise and Sidekicks is a two step process.

  1. Create an account for a Parent Dashboard, add your campers, and answer some basic questions.
  2. Once your camper is approved, return to your dashboard and fill out your camper’s forms.

If you have any questions about this process, or about your camper’s attendance at AZ Camp Sunrise and Sidekicks, please contact our Camper Coordinator, Pam Metzger, at [email protected].

To start the registration process for a NEW CAMPER, create an account for your Parent Dashboard.

For returning campers, visit your Parent Dashboard at: camper.azcampsunrise.org.

 

Volunteers

We are also accepting applications for volunteers for the 2015 Camp Season. If you are a new volunteer, please visit our Volunteer Page to get started. Returning volunteers can log into their Staff Dashboard to apply for the upcoming season.

Camper Registration

Our amazing campers come from all over the Southwest United States and have one thing in common: their lives have been directly impacted by cancer. Arizona Camp Sunrise exists because of the strength and hope inherent in each and every one of our campers. Arizona Camp Sunrise programs are for children who have or have had cancer, ages 3-18. Arizona Camp Sidekicks programs are for the brothers and sisters (ages 3-18) of those who have or have had cancer.

We are proud to announce that you can now register your campers online!

Registration for Arizona Camp Sunrise and Sidekicks is now a two step process.

  1. Create an account for a Parent Dashboard, add your campers, and answer some basic questions.
  2. Once your camper is approved, return to your dashboard and fill out your camper’s forms.

If you have any questions about this new process, or about your camper’s attendance at AZ Camp Sunrise and Sidekicks, please contact our Camper Coordinator, Pam Metzger, at [email protected].

To start the registration process for a NEW CAMPER, create an account for your Parent Dashboard.

For returning campers, visit your Parent Dashboard at: camper.azcampsunrise.org.

Dreams of Summer Gala

Dreams of Summer Gala

Childhood is full of dreams of summer. Star gazing, jumping in the lake, fishing, canoeing, hiking… every child has them, but not all can experience them. Children fighting cancer yearn for the joys and freedoms of a healthy childhood, but are often limited to hospital beds and doctor’s visits.  Arizona Camp Sunrise, planned and administered with the special needs of cancer patients in mind provides the ideal setting to allow these kids to just be kids.

The Southwest Kids’ Cancer Foundation invites their community supporters to join them for the first annual Dreams of Summer Gala to benefit the children of Arizona Camp Sunrise & Sidekicks. The event is vital to the success of Arizona Camp Sunrise so that children diagnosed with cancer may have the opportunity to dream this summer, and for many summers to come.

The Gala will be held on February 28, 2014 at the Ocotillo Golf Resort in Chandler, AZ.

Please help us celebrate life and give children diagnosed with cancer the opportunity to dream this summer.

Click here to learn more!

It’s Official !!!

Woo-Hoo!

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Our 501(c)(3) has been accepted! Yup, the IRS has given Southwest Kids’ Cancer Foundation a thumbs up and we are officially a non-profit corporation. Any and all donations to assist the future of Arizona Camp Sunrise & Sidekicks are now tax deductible. Anyone–individuals to large corporations–who donates to our camp will be able to claim it as a tax-free donation.

This was a big step for SWKCF. But it’s just one in many steps to ensure that the children of Arizona Camp Sunrise & Sidekicks have a camp–next year, and for years to come.

It’s time to celebrate! Donate now and know that every penny of your donation will go straight to serving the kids at Arizona Camp Sunrise & Sidekicks.

Join us. We’re Celebrating Life!

Camp Sunrise on 3TV

On Sunday, July 21st, 3TV caught up with our Sunrise campers as they embarked on their journey up to Payson, Arizona for a week of fun in the sun! Read more

Southwest Kids’ Cancer Foundation

Breaking News from Arizona Camp Sunrise and Sidekicks!

You may have heard that the American Cancer Society has announced they will no longer support camps and childhood programming, including Arizona Camp Sunrise and Sidekicks. This is shocking, yes, but will not jeopardize the future of our beloved camp. We remain committed to providing a safe and nurturing camp experience to children with cancer and their siblings – just like we have for the past thirty years.

swkcflogoWe’re evolving! We have formed a new foundation autonomous of ACS, the Southwest Kids’ Cancer Foundation (SWKCF). We have incorporated and are obtaining tax-exempt status as a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. SWKCF is dedicated to the continuation of our camps and programs in 2014 and beyond.

But we can’t do it without you. You are an important part of our camp family–our Campily. Join us in making this our best year ever for Arizona Camp Sunrise and Sidekicks!

Our Mission

Southwest Kids’ Cancer Foundation is committed to actively preserving and advancing Arizona Camp Sunrise and Sidekicks camps and programs.

Our Goals

Southwest Kids’ Cancer Foundation’s passion and commitment to serve kids who have or have had cancer, their siblings, and families is our sole incentive. Therefore, our goals include maintaining, enhancing, and expanding Arizona Camp Sunrise and Sidekicks camps and programs. We will continually strive to accomplish these goals through volunteerism, fundraising, and building community awareness and involvement. We recognize that securing monetary support for Arizona Camp Sunrise and Sidekicks is crucial to their success, and will work to provide a secure future for these programs financially.