Phoenix Children's Hospital's Camp Rainbow & Rainbow Kids
Camp Rainbow is for children who have, or have had cancer or a chronic blood disorder. Every year, campers have the opportunity to enjoy fun and meaningful experiences, with others in a supportive environment full of activities. Camp Rainbow offers these kids and their families the opportunity to establish friendships and have fun.
The History of Camp Rainbow
Camp Rainbow has been offering summer camp to cancer patients since 1985. It began with 27 campers and has grown to serve more than 120 children per camp session. The Phoenix chapter of United Order True Sisters #58 partnered with the Children's Cancer Center at Phoenix Children's Hospital to establish the camp. Camp Rainbow was Phoenix Children's Hospital's first camp program.
Programs Throughout the Year
Camp Rainbow is held for one week every summer. The camp session includes activities such as horseback riding, arts and crafts, canoeing, fishing, swimming, archery, and much more. Camp Rainbow welcomes patients of Phoenix Children's Hospital's Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, who are ages 7-17. Campers are grouped in cabins based on age and gender, and they participate in activities with a variety of campers.
Camp Rainbow has a Counselor in Training (CIT) Program for campers ages 16-18. CITs learn leadership, organization, and programming skills. A successful CIT can go on to be a valuable asset to any camp staff.
The Camp Rainbow Team
Camp Rainbow employs one full time director. All other staff members are volunteers! Camp Rainbow's amazing volunteers come from all over: some are employees or volunteers of Phoenix Children's Hospital; many are dedicated members of the community; some even come from out of state.
The entire staff is dedicated to the welfare and happiness of the children and to providing the best supervision and care possible. All Camp Rainbow staff must be college age or older and are selected by means of a written application, interview, verification of personal references, and background check.
Camp Rainbow has an excellent infirmary, staffed 24 hours a day by physicians, nurse practitioners, and registered nurses.
Camp Rainbow is accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA), which upholds the highest standards for organized camping.
Camp Rainbow is a member of Children's Oncology Camping Association International (COCA-I).
Camp Rainbow relies on fundraising by the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders and donations from private and corporate sponsors. If you would like to make a donation, please contact Bonnie Morgan, Major Gift Officer at 602-933-2607.
Rainbow Kids Activities are held throughout the year. Activities may include bowling, visits to the zoo, indoor rock climbing, roller skating, game nights, pool parties, ball games, and many more fun events. Rainbow Kids Activities are for patients of the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, who are any age, and their families.
All programs are provided free of charge for the patients and their families.