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Camp Sidekicks 2016 – Day 2

Day 2 of Arizona Camp Sidekicks is in the books!

After breakfast, the campers ventured off to their first day of classes. In addition to traditional favorites like fishing, hiking, and archery, this year’s Sidekicks enjoyed classes like rock climbing, Mao, and the Art of Relaxation.

Water Day Sidekicks 2016The afternoon brought a wet and wild Water Day, thanks to a mountain of water balloons and a fire engine from the Christopher-Kohls Fire Department imitating an impromptu rain shower.

After drying off and enjoying some cabin camaraderie, the campers descended on the fire pit for a night of singing, dancing, an good old fashioned camp fun.

Until tomorrow, good night from AZ Camp Sidekicks! Remember to check out Facebook for updates throughout the week!

Camp Sidekicks 2016 – Day 1

Our AZ Camp Sidekicks campers travelled up to Payson, AZ this morning, and wow, what a day! Day One has been filled with lots of excitement and adventure. The campers were escorted to camp by the C4 Motorcycle Ministry and greeted with a full-day planned with cabin activities, camp tours, group activities, and of course getting their iconic lanyard photos taken.

13633347_10205041116946360_1892896019_oThis week’s theme is “Adventure is out there,” a wild and wooly ride through storytelling and adventure. We kicked off the theme with a rousing edition of Storytime with Uncle Bob (featuring a cameo from Lizard), and wound down the night with each cabin group imagining and creating their very own cabin characters and mascots.

The campers might be falling asleep in their bunks, but we are already looking forward to another full day tomorrow and lots of sunshine!

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.

Camp Sunrise 2015 – Day Two

Day Two – Water Day 

DSC00774Today was our first full day of classes and activities. Earlier in the day we had a water day! The fire department came to visit and made the activities even more exciting! There were a lot of water activities and there was no shortage of water to throw around. The day would not be complete without some Jedi training taught by our personal camp master Jedis. The younger campers were able to practice their jedi skills and make a light saber. The older campers participated in an off-site overnight camping trip and will meet us at the lake tomorrow!!

Camp Sidekicks 2015 – Day Six

Last Sidekicks blog post!!!

Talent Show 2Last night was our annual camp Talent Show. All cabin groups participated and did a skit about camp. Their favorite moments included: a fun roast of the counselors, performing a dance routine to a mix of Disney classics, food eating contests, and a hair donation to the Pantene Beautiful Lengths.

Today the campers leave for home. We are so sad to see them go, but are so grateful for the memories made this past week. Keep an eye out for the yearbooks that are on their way home and get excited for all the camp stories ahead!!

Camp Sidekicks 2015 – Day Five

DinnerLast night was our annual camp dinner dance. Campers and counselors dressed in their favorite amusement park themed costumes. Dinner was our usual spaghetti and meatballs, and cake was for dessert! The dance was a blast! There was loud music, lots of dancing, and not to mention tons of smiles.

Today is our last full day of camp before the kids go home. We will have a talent show and a lesson in potions and magic this afternoon!

Camp Sidekicks 2015 – Day Four

Lake2Today was LAKE DAY! All the kids and counselors packed their swimsuits and towels for a day at the beach! The weather was perfect and the sun was shinning. The campers participated in activities such as fishing, swimming, canoeing, and of course soaking up that vitamin D (with sunscreen protection of course).
We also had some visitors come to camp, Julius the “Pro-Yo,” the professional yo-yo expert, and the Nike team for coming out to play some awesome games with us!

Tonight was movie night, where we watched The Princess Bride and had movie treats as well. Tomorrow is the annual camp Dinner and Dance. Be sure to check out our Facebook page for more up to minute updates as well.

Camp Sidekicks 2015 – Day Two

FireWell today was one exciting day here at Camp Sidekicks. We started off the day with our first set of classes and “Water Day” was our afternoon activity. The Fire Department was nice enough to come and hang out with us as well!

The evening ended with the annual campfire. The night started off beautiful, but in true camp fashion it rained. We moved indoors and the songs, stories, and memory making continued!

Can’t wait to see what tomorrow has in store!

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Camp Sidekicks 2015 – Day One

After traveling in three busses escorted by motorcycles, the campers have ARRIVED in CampilyLand!

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They settled into their cabin groups and had a tasty lunch filled with fun announcements about the plans for the rest of the day…

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The rest of the day included guided back lot tours of CampilyLand Movie Studios, individual photos in The Costume Department, and watching previews of our movies/classes and choosing their favorites!

Our evening activities included getting into our CampilyLand groups and playing games. Tomorrow will be filled with even more exciting adventures!

Stay tuned.

 

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Arizona Camp Sidekicks 2019

Our resident camp for sisters and brothers of children who have or have had cancer, ages 8-16, (ages 17-18 can apply to our Leader-in-Training program).

Camp Sidekicks is located at our camp property at R-C Scout Ranch outside Payson, AZ. Camper transportation is provided from Phoenix and Tucson.

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