KOA Care Camps
Your support of the Camp Rainbow Program at Phoenix Children’s Hospital
makes a difference in the lives of children and teens who have, or have had
cancer or a chronic blood disorder.
On Sunday, July 31, excited campers arrived at Camp Rainbow ready to experience a week of fun and
friendship. For one week, these children and teens between the ages of 7 and 18 who have, or have had
cancer or a chronic blood disorder, got to be themselves and escape their toughest challenges at Camp
Rainbow held in Prescott, Arizona. For 20 years, KOA Care Camps has helped send many of these children
and teens to camp along with providing general support of the camp’s week-long operation. Additionally, for
the last two years, we had the opportunity to receive capital funds to purchase new equipment for camp.
We continue to be grateful for the partnership of KOA Care Camps and are pleased to present a report
detailing the impact of your generosity in 2016.
Camp Rainbow provides the opportunity for children and teens to engage in the fun experiences and new
skills that they may otherwise miss out on due to their illness. Children who are in wheelchairs or who have
been physically weakened by their condition get to fully participate in activities such as rock climbing or
sliding down a zip-line with the aid of equipment specially designed for them. The kids look around to see
all the others who are “just like them;” they share their stories and make lifetime friends.
In 2016, Camp Rainbow celebrated 32 years with the help of 104 campers and 100 staff and volunteers.
Campers participated in a variety of activities such as archery, arts and crafts, canoeing, music, fishing,
rock wall climbing, zip lining, sports, games, and horseback riding, and paddle boarding. The activities
continued with themed days such as Sports Day, Backwards Day, Crazy Sock Day, and Galaxy Day. Campers
also wrapped up camp by celebrating at a Back to the Future themed dinner where they dressed as
someone from their favorite decade. All campers had the full summer camp experience despite fighting two
of life’s biggest battles, cancer and chronic blood disorders.
As you can see from the photos above, campers really enjoyed the new additions to Camp Rainbow this
year thanks to the generosity of KOA Care Camps. 9 Square in the Air, similar to traditional 4 square but
larger and the “course” is above you, was a huge hit. Since water activities are so popular, the lifeguard
whistles helped volunteers keep campers safe. With the addition of the portable generator, certain
activities did not have to have such limited time options. Archery is always a favorite with campers so the
lighted arrows allowed campers to participate during the evening too. The GoPro camera was mounted to a
drone and recorded a view from the sky during the week of camp. Finally, campers enjoyed a night camping
under the stars and the light sabers were the perfect addition to this year’s theme of “In a galaxy far, far
Below are a few examples of Camp Rainbow’s past success in 2016 and how it greatly impacts the lives of
our patients and families. We hope this will convey how much your support means to the children and
families we serve. Thank you!