CHESTERFIELD, MISSOURI ( KTVI)--The Camp Rainbow Foundation is dedicated to providing free camping experience to children undergoing treatment for, and survivors of, cancer and other blood related diseases and disorders. Held each year at Babler State Park, Camp Rainbow gives children the opportunity to participate in exciting activities, make new friends, build self esteem, be relieved of everyday stress caused by their illness and create positive memories.
All staff, counselors and medical personnel volunteer their time at Camp Rainbow programs. In addition to offering the opportunity to enjoy a camping experience, Camp Rainbow is dedicated to providing each camper with his or her own counselor. Medical personnel on site include pediatric oncology nurses and physicians. The Camp is one of only 17 that have been awarded the Gold Ribbon Camp designation- an honor bestowed upon camps which demonstrate a high level of commitment to serving children with cancer and their families.
It's a one week sleepover camp in June for children ages 6 to 13 held at the Outdoor Education Center in Babler State Park. High School students serve as unit heads. Campers ages 6 to 11 each have their own counselor. Campers 12 to 13 have one counselor for every two campers. The kids enjoy a wide range of activities including : archery, arts & crafts, drama, music, fishing, sports, Song sessions, swimming , cookouts, movie nights, clowns camp fire and a whole lot more. Camp Rainbow Foundation , a nonprofit 501 (c) 3 organization. The foundation is grateful to private donors and over 75 business in St. Louis area who donate goods and services to the camp.
Most campers come from St. Louis Children's Hospital, Cardinal Glennon, Hospital and Mercy Hospital. For more information on Camp Rainbow, to volunteer, or to make a donation , log onto www.camprainbow.com