CAMP HOBE INC

Letting Kids Be KIDS!

aka Camp Hobe'   |   Salt Lake City, UT   |  camphobekids.org

Mission

Camp Hobe' offers psychosocial support programs for children being treated for cancer (and similarly-treated disorders) and their families, through camps and family outings. Our goal is to create an atmosphere that enhances self-esteem, fosters independence and friendships, and creates a feeling of belonging.

Notes from the nonprofit

Thanks so much for your interest in our programs for kids with cancer (and similarly-treated disorders) and their families. We truly believe in our "Letting Kids Be Kids" no matter their age.

Ruling year info

2003

Executive Director

Christina Beckwith

Main address

PO Box 520755

Salt Lake City, UT 84152 USA

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EIN

57-1149391

NTEE code info

Recreational and Sporting Camps (Day, Overnight, etc.) (N20)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

Health Support Services (E60)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Kids being treated for cancer and similarly-treated disorders are often socially isolated from other kids. They and their families miss out on common social and childhood experiences that help build resiliency and boost self-confidence. Our summer camps, virtual camps, and family outings try to counteract this by giving the patients and their families a community where they can build connections and have fun!

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Camp Hobe' Summer camp for kids with cancer (& similar disorders) and their siblings

Camp Hobe' is a summer camp program that is run in June of each year. We run 3 sessions, including a 5-day overnight for ages 7-11 years, a 5-day overnight for ages 12-19 years, and a 2-day program for ages 4-7 years.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with diseases and illnesses

We provide 2 or more free outings each year for families of children and teens being treated for cancer (and similarly-treated disorders). Past family outings have included hockey nights, movie premieres, professional basketball games, and carnivals.

Population(s) Served
Families
Children and youth

Our virtual summer camp program began in June 2020 and will continue after the COVID-19 pandemic. We run interactive virtual activities for ages 6-19 years.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with diseases and illnesses

Where we work

Accreditations

American Camping Association (ACA) - Accreditation 2018

Better Business Bureau Accredited Charity 2021

Awards

Gold Ribbon Camp Designation 2019

Childrens Oncology Camp Association International

Award of Excellence as Community Health Charities of Utah’s Outstanding Member Charity – (local) 2014

Community Health Charities

Affiliations & memberships

American Camp Association - Member 1985

Children's Oncology Camp Association International - Member 1995

Utah Nonprofits Association - member 2014

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of free participants in conferences

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Health, Family relationships

Related Program

Family outings

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of participants engaged in programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Children, Preteens, Health

Related Program

Camp Hobe' Summer camp for kids with cancer (& similar disorders) and their siblings

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Applies to in-person summer camps, which were not offered in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Number of free participants on field trips

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Children, Preteens, People with disabilities, People with diseases and illnesses

Related Program

Virtual Camp Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Applies to our virtual summer camp program, which was first offered in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Camp Hobé is committed to kids with cancer (& similar disorders) & their families. We set specific goals for how we want camp to help them grow:

Goal #1: Our primary goal is to get every eligible kid to camp and every eligible family member to our outings, regardless of their ability to pay. We do not wish to ever turn anyone away because of finances. Families dealing with the expenses of cancer (or similar disorders) may be unable to afford the luxury of sending their kids to a camp that would cost almost $150 per camper-day for in-person camps prior to the COVID-19 pandemic or to a family outing that would cost $15 to $40 per person. During the COVID-19 pandemic, our costs to provide in-person programs are closer to $200 per camper-day for in-person camps.

Goal #2: Provide kids with cancer (& similar disorders) and their siblings a place to “just be kids," while also giving their parents a break from caregiving.

Goal #3: Provide an opportunity to develop support systems with others dealing with serious illness.

Goal #4: Encourage each participant to learn new skills and leisure activities by participating in small group & large group activities.

Goal #5: Offer participants opportunities to learn about nature, ecology and their part in preserving the environment during recreation and outdoor living.

Goal #6: Help each participant develop socialization skills and new interests.

Goal #7: Facilitate opportunities to develop leadership skills.

Goal #1: Charge minimal registration fees and provide fee waivers (ie, camperships) to families in need.

Goal #2: Participants have the opportunity to participate in activities just like kids whose families are not affected by cancer (and similar disorders). Our program provides a high level of medical & psychosocial supervision to ensure that participants are safe both mentally & physically.

Goal #3: Using recreation & leisure skills, staff provide activities for kids who would otherwise not have these group experiences.

Siblings find support in knowing that others deal with the same issues that they do. During the calendar year, other local organizations provide opportunities for these kids to learn about the disease & to talk about it. Camp Hobé activities provide a break from illness, surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, hospitals, & illness. Participants are not expected to talk about their disease experience during our programs, although we are supportive should they wish to do so. Discussions on these topics are facilitated when participants initiate the conversations. Hobé Forever is an optional “guided” activity offered during the summer camp session where campers have time to remember friends who are not present that year. This activity allows campers to express feelings of grief & loss if they desire. Staff members respect any requests for further counseling or discussion.

Goal #4: Participants rotate through activities such as arts / crafts, drama, archery, challenge course, swimming, & nature. They may also take part in hikes, carnivals, and outdoor performances.

Goal #5: Specific topics about nature are offered during the summer camp. Each cabin group is assigned chores, including cleaning the dining hall, shower/restrooms, grounds, & cabins. In addition, staff discuss reducing food wastage & proper disposal of food. Campers directly participate in recycling.

Goal #6: In addition to other activities, each participant works with their group to create & perform skits & cheers. They sit together for meals & use the “buddy system” during activities & when moving between locations.

Goal #7: Some activities give participants the chance to volunteer to be the “first” one to try it. Campers can also lead by following camp rules & contributing to & participating in all activities. After campers reach the age of 16 they are eligible to be Counselors-in-Training & help staff with program activities or with a group of kids.

The summer camp programs are able to serve almost 300 campers each year, and camper registrations increase annually. During the fall and winter, our family outings serve another 170 to 180 children and family members. Between the summer camp and the family outings, the number of people we serve typically increases by 8%-10% each year. In addition, in 2020, we implemented a virtual camp program so that we could continue to serve our campers throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and to better serve more seriously ill (eg, hospitalized) campers in future years.

Fundraising: We have a strong fundraising program in place, with a tremendous amount of local support. We are always looking for and introducing new fundraising efforts in order to keep the cost low to our families. Our Board members are committed to giving and to supporting our fundraising efforts.

Other available resources include a dedicated group of more than 30 board and planning committee members, which includes 10 part-time staff members (2 year-round, 8 seasonal). We use more than 200 volunteers annually to provide the in-person camp programs. We have strong relationships with the local adult cancer center (Huntsman Cancer Hospital), the local pediatric hospital (Primary Children's Hospital), Utah's premier academic medical center (University of Utah Health), and other local cancer organizations.

We work closely with the campsite owners to further refine and expand the campsite each year to meet the needs of our campers and their families.

We have kept our summer camp registration fees low, at $35 per camper for the 5-day in-person camps, and $15 per camper for the 2-day in-person camps, although the cost of running the program has increased with time. In addition, we are able to provide fee waivers to those in need. Over the last several years we saw an increase in requests for financial assistance, from 13% – 18% of our campers prior to 2010, to 22% – 26% of campers from 2010 – 2013. This trend has only just now reversed. From 2014 to 2019, 11% – 18% of campers requested and received fee waivers. Based on these numbers, we know that the need exists in our community for low-cost support programs and that we are getting those kids to camp and to our family outings..

Our progress on other goals is also great based on positive evaluations from parents, campers, volunteers, and reports from our local hospital. We successfully renewed our ACA accreditation for another 5 years, based on our 2018 campsite visit and evaluation. In addition, in 2019, we successfully renewed our COCAI Gold Ribbon status for another 5 years, which reflects compliance with additional standards for excellence in children's oncology programs.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Kids with cancer (and similarly-treated disorders) and their families, from Utah and the surrounding Intermountain area (Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada primarily).

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We were getting feedback from our parents during the registration process that they were reluctant to move their younger kids (6- to 7-year-olds) directly from a day camp program (2 consecutive days) to our Kids Week program (5 days/4 nights). Some parents were worried that their younger kids would not be able to easily transition from no nights away from home to 4 nights away from home. To address this, we added a 1-night overnight component (called Hobe' Juniors) to our 2-day program. The Hobe' Juniors program allows 6- and 7-year-olds and their parents to try out a 1-night overnight camp, which has helped boost everyone's confidence about the kids being able to enjoy a 4-night overnight camp in future years.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Our campers and their families often express appreciation that we want their input on how to grow the programs to better serve them and meet their needs.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is hard to come up with good questions to ask people,

Financials

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CAMP HOBE INC

Board of directors
as of 10/16/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Cory Wright

Long Building Technologies

Term: 2019 - 2023

Christina Beckwith

University of Utah Health Care, Pharmacy Department / Informatics

Kathy Boben

Primary Children’s Hospital, Immunocompromised Care Service

Austin Long

RetouchUp

Mary Owens

Selecthealth / Intermountain Health, Government Programs

Rebecca Smyrniotopoulous

State of Utah, Utah State Legislature / Human Resources

Mark Christensen

Mity Lite Inc, Supply Chain

Garrett Harding

Huntsman Cancer Institute, Community Outreach

Cory Wright

Long Building Technologies

Kellie Bower

Software Technology Group

Robert Julian

The Real Real

Kameron Leon

Primary Children’s Hospital, Hematology/Oncology Service Line

Stephanie Pugsley

Springbuk Inc, Legal Affairs and Counsel

Belinda Thayn

Castleview Hospital, Child Life

Alaina Burck

Eva Carlson Academy

Ben Moresco

Primary Children's Hospital, Rainbow Kids Pediatric Palliative Care Team

Ben Helland

Western Governors University, Strategic Research and Insights

Phil Parsons

Law Offices of Philip A. Parsons

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/16/2021,

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/31/2019

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Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.