CARE CAMPS

Healing Happens Here

Ogdensburg, NY   |  carecamps.org

Mission

Care Camps is a charity that helps kids with cancer find hope and healing in the great outdoors through special oncology camps. At camp, kids get all the medical care they need, along with specialized counseling, and they do it all surrounded by friends who know exactly what they are going through. At camp, kids can forget about the chemo, the radiation, and all the hard stuff that comes with cancer...and just be a kid again. Will you join us and help a child find healing in the outdoors?

Ruling year info

1992

Executive Director

Karen McAndrew

Main address

2981 Ford St Ext PMB179

Ogdensburg, NY 13669 USA

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EIN

86-0691641

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (E12)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (T12)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Cancer can be devastating to a person at any age. During childhood it can be especially destructive for the child's psychological growth and development. At a time when most children are deciding which sport to play, pediatric cancer patient have their lives disrupted as they are faced with harsh treatment methods such as chemotherapy and radiation, in an attempt to eradicate the cancer from their bodies. This is where Care Camps steps in. At medically supervised camps, children expand their quality of life by spending time in the great outdoors with other kids who understand what they're going through-all while receiving the treatments they need. The average cost to send a child to camp for a week has skyrocketed to $1,800 and there is no cost to the child or family to attend. We provide funding to make this happen.

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?

Onocology Camps

Through its charitable fundraising efforts, Care Camps will provide necessary support to send kids with cancer to medically supervised cancer camps where they can have fun, build awesome friendships, feel the joy that comes from camping and spending time in nature, make memories that will help them heal and ultimately return home feeling renewed and filled with hope.

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

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

COCAi 2014

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Total dollars received in contributions

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

Children and youth, Families, People with diseases and illnesses

Related Program

Onocology Camps

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of Facebook followers

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Onocology Camps

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of independent organizations served

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

Children and youth, Families, People with diseases and illnesses

Related Program

Onocology Camps

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of people on the organization's email list

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

Children and youth, Family relationships

Related Program

Onocology Camps

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of health outcomes improved

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

Adults, Children and youth, People with diseases and illnesses

Related Program

Onocology Camps

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

Our goal is provide funding for any child with cancer, who wants to attend an oncology camp, the opportunity to go at no cost to the child's family. Being sick or different involves a change in nearly every aspect of a child's life. Children will experience changes in their relationships with other people and in their perceptions of themselves. Illness deprives the child of control of daily routine, privacy, relationships with family and friends and control of life itself. Camp allows children with cancer the opportunity to be themselves, by allowing their focus to be off their disease and on meeting friends, swimming, sailing, horseback riding and making crafts. By participating in enriching camp experiences, these children gain confidence in themselves and learn activities that they can carry with them throughout their lives. At Care Camps children develop skills and abilities, as well as discover that they are still able to do many of the same activities as everyone else.
Camps have proven to be a beneficial environment for all children-especially those with cancer. Though the camp experience they can learn many of the skills necessary to meet the extraordinary challenges that they will face while fighting their disease and the everyday struggles of life.

To make this happen we engage campground owners and managers to raise money at their locations through events and activities as well as through the reservation process. We have the generous support of Kampgrounds of America (KOA Inc) who provide resources and advise. We engage companies and employees in the RV/Outdoor industry through cause marketing and online campaigns. We also have several Ambassadors who help to raise awareness at a National level and also raise funds for our cause. The combined efforts of these generous and passionate people allow us to send more kids with cancer to camp.

Through our fundraising efforts we currently raise approximately $1.6 million a year in donations to provide a life changing experience to the kids with cancer that get to go to camp. We have the capability of reaching out on an national level and have many partners that work with us to build awareness, which in turn generates donations. We also have a special relationship with the camps through their camp association COCAi, which allows us to get funds to the camps through a grant process. We currently fund 135 camps across North America.

The organization has raised more than $18 million since its inception in 1984 to provide funding to oncology camps. Our goal is to continue to fund as many camp experiences as possible, until there is a cure for childhood cancer and our services are no longer needed. In the interim we will continue to work on engagement, national recognition and outreach to donors, as well as acting as liaisons with the oncology camps we support.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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CARE CAMPS

Board of directors
as of 12/11/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Wade Elliott

Utility Supply Group

Term: 2015 -


Board co-chair

Mike Atkinson

Independence Bank

Term: 2018 -

Carlene Morris

Southeast Publications

Anita Perry

Chautauqua Lake KOA

Barry Stern

Automarine LLC

Jay Cooke

Lake Livingston/Onalaska KOA

Susan Marcoux

1000 Island/Mallorytown KOA

Rebecca Kirch

Consultant-Pediatric Oncology

Wade Elliott

Utility Supply Group

Debby Cartnekk

Honesdale/Poconos KOA

Mark Lemoine

Coloma/St Joseph KOA

Todd Wilkins

Level 5 Advertising

Board leadership practices

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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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/11/2020

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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