For more than 35 years, Camp Happy Days has given children battling cancer and their siblings a cost-free, week-long summer camp that takes place over the 4th of July. An overnight camp where 275 children battling cancer get to be with other kids going through the same experience. A place where kids just get to be kids in a magical and fun-filled place. It is Camp Happy Days’ signature program and one that children no matter what age, from 4 to 16, wait all year to attend.
This year, due to COVID-19, Camp is going to look different but is still going to be the best week of the year! Camp Happy Days is proud to announce Camp In A Box 2020, a virtual camp that will bring our campers together in a way that has never been done before. Though we cannot physically be together, our community will gather virtually to enjoy being with one another while having lots of fun! A great benefit of this new format is the ability for new families and families with a child in the hospital to experience Camp Happy Days!
A few days before camp starts, each camper will receive a physical box filled with wonderful activities, such as Kickin’ Kitchen recipes, decorating a derby car, and a canvas paint project from Painter’s Pit. Once they receive their box, the real fun begins! On Sunday, June 28th there will be an opening ceremony to kick off the week and each day will be filled with a few activities broken down by age and gender. We will be re-introducing old favorites such as Monkey Fists, introducing new sure-to-be-favorites, such as virtual Cabin Chat check-ins, and of course have traditional camp favorites such as teambuilding, our annual Prom, the infamous Talent Show, and the ribbon ceremony. We will close out the week, on July 3rd, with the closing ceremony. Fourth of July fun will be included in the boxes for families to enjoy together.
Our dedicated and incredible volunteers and counselors will be leading the way with special touches and smiles only they can provide for the campers. Gift cards will be donated to provide lunch for each family during this week. We are so grateful for the dedication to our families!
Each day, meals will be provided to the families from our partnering restaurants: Kickin’ Chicken, Swing-n-Swine, Mosaic, Maple Street, and Charleston Outdoor Catering by Jamie Westendorff. In addition, every day each restaurant will pick a day to provide lunch to each child, and their guardians, at the Oncology Department at MUSC along with the entire staff.
For our amazing counselors and volunteers, we will choose one day for them to come and pick up lunch catered by Jamie Westendorff in a central location. This should be a fun day as Jamie is, in addition to being a wonderful chef, a great personality and loves our kids like no other.
Safety and bringing joy to our campers are the most important part of what we do. We will miss seeing everyone in person but are so excited to be with them virtually in a new exciting platform!
For more information, please visit our website: https://www.camphappydays.org/camp-in-a-box/ OR contact Siobhan Mendetzki at [email protected] or 843.642.5398.
For More Information about Camp Happy Days, please visit: www.camphappydays.com
Since 1982, Camp Happy Days has offered support and encouragement to children diagnosed with cancer and their families. We provide free year-round programs, special events and access to crisis resources. For more information or to donate to Camp Happy Days, please go to www.CampHappyDays.org or call us at 843.571.4336.