CAMP RAINBOW GOLD INC

Celebrate Life!

Boise, ID   |  www.camprainbowgold.org

Mission

Camp Rainbow Gold provides emotionally empowering experiences to Idaho's children diagnosed with cancer and their families.

Ruling year info

2013

CEO/Executive Director

Ms. Elizabeth Lizberg

Main address

1120 S. Five Mile Rd.

Boise, ID 83709 USA

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EIN

90-0961926

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The effects of pediatric cancer go far beyond hospitals and medical treatments. Children diagnosed with cancer experience ongoing health problems and social and psychological challenges. Siblings report high rates of PTSD and substance abuse. Families face financial devastation and challenges from the emotional and logistical toll of caring for a child with cancer. Camp Rainbow Gold’s mission is to offer emotionally empowering experiences to Idaho’s children diagnosed with cancer and their families. We offer a community where kids can just be kids, meet other children who have been through similar experiences, and families can feel the relief of knowing they are not alone. A 2016 study titled It’s Not Just Camp!: Understanding the Meaning of Children’s Cancer Camps for Children and Families stated, “Children’s cancer camps, we conclude, should be considered a necessity, versus a luxury, and could even be thought of as a psychosocial intervention for some children and families.”

Our programs

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

Youth Oncology Camp

Youth Oncology Camp welcomes kids ages 6-12 who have ever received a pediatric cancer diagnosis. Summer camp is an important rite of passage for every youngster — meeting new friends, trying new things, creating art projects, archery, swimming, and campfires. Children who have experienced pediatric cancer are no different.

At Camp Rainbow Gold oncology camps, experienced volunteers, medical staff and licensed social workers support and care for the medical and emotional needs of every teen. Highly trained camp staff and volunteers aim to provide a fun, safe, and caring community, and our oncology camps are fully medically supported with nursing staff and a pediatric oncologist on-site all week.

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

Teen Oncology Camp welcomes teens ages 13-17 who have ever received a pediatric cancer diagnosis. Cancer is scary, isolating, and exhausting. Camp Rainbow Gold offers these teens a space where they can find respite, connection, and belonging through empowering adventures with other teens who know what they have been through.

At Camp Rainbow Gold oncology camps, experienced volunteers, medical staff and licensed social workers support and care for the medical and emotional needs of every teen. Highly trained camp staff and volunteers aim to provide a fun, safe, and caring community, and our oncology camps are fully medically supported with nursing staff and a pediatric oncologist on-site all week.

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

Siblings of children diagnosed with cancer also experience a strong emotional and social impact. Oftentimes, siblings feel overlooked as the parents and other family members turn their attention to treatment and other considerations that coincide with a cancer diagnosis. Just as the child with cancer needs support, attention and care, so do their strongest supporters — their brothers and sisters.

Camp Rainbow Gold Sibling Camp plays host to siblings of Idaho children who have been diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives. Over the course of several days, the attention turns to these children who also need the chance to have fun and make friends with other children who understand them.

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

CRG Family Camp offers families who have experienced pediatric cancer a chance to step out of their day-to-day and take time to enjoy connecting with nature and each other. Childhood cancer can be all-encompassing for a family. But all challenges — including this one — are better when they’re not faced alone. Camp Rainbow Gold Family Camp is a safe, empowering, welcoming space for families to meet and build their community of support.

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

Camp Rainbow Gold knows childhood cancer can take a significant financial toll on families. But cancer should not make college or other degree programs an unrealistic goal for survivors or their siblings.

The Camp Rainbow Gold College Scholarship Program gives young adults who have participated in Camp Rainbow Gold camps or programs the opportunity to pursue their goals in post-secondary education by applying for financial aid from the organization.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Preteens
People with diseases and illnesses

Survivors Supporting Survivors is a teen group designed for cancer survivors between the ages of 13-18 years old. SSS is designed to offer an opportunity for teens to spend time together, try new activities, have fun, and share experiences about the real-life challenges and celebrations of being a teen with a cancer diagnosis.

The group meets multiple times throughout the year in the Treasure Valley to provide support, resources, education, and empowering experiences. A typical agenda includes introductions, a 15-minute activity to break the ice, and the main event activity.

Previous SSS meetings have included cooking classes, art therapy, yoga, bowling, paddle boarding, glass blowing, roller skating, Shakespeare Festival shows, and a holiday gift exchange.

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

Where we work

Accreditations

American Camp Association 2002

Awards

Outstanding Nonprofit Association 2020

Idaho Nonprofit Association

Affiliations & memberships

Idaho Nonprofit Center 2020

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Our goal is to celebrate life! While cancer is the thread that ties us together, it does not define us. These children are so much more than their diagnoses. We strive to offer children a chance to experience the magic of summer camp in a safe, loving, supportive and welcoming environment. Our goal is to support all our campers as they grow, learn and dream of the future. We want them to know their worth and strive to be good students, productive community members and focus on achieving any of their future dreams.

The American Camp Association conducted a five-year study of summer camps which has shown that children who attend summer camp report relationship skills, appreciation for others’ differences, emotional regulation, and responsibility were among the things they learned at camp that they consider most important in their lives today. ACA campers say that camp helped prepare them for school and the workplace and provided them opportunities to be present in the moment and to explore one’s identity. Our camp aims to instill these skills in all our campers.

Our strategies to reach our overall goals focus largely on the camp experience. We provide campers with a well-trained staff and a safe camping environment at no financial cost to their families. Campers are supervised according to the appropriate camper to staff ratios and all of Camp Rainbow Gold camps for children with an oncology diagnosis are monitored by at least one oncology nurse, complemented by a team of three additional nurses and an oncology physician available 24 hours a day.

To offer campers a wide variety of new and fun experiences with an emphasis on building life skills through activities that promote team building, we offer at least 15 different activities at camp each year and encourage campers to participate in at least one activity that is new to them. We also encourage each child to develop a self-sufficient attitude and self-esteem through promoting shared work of all cabin clean-ups and cabin duties, encouraging campers to choose appropriate outfits and take responsibility for their own hygiene and medication schedules while at camp.

Our camps give children with cancer the opportunity to make friends with others who understand their situation, the chance to learn from others who share similar health experiences, thereby coming to understand ways to cope with their difficulties and/or limitations. We seek to serve campers who are at varying lengths of time out of treatment and encourage campers to make new friends and connections each year at camp.

We provide assurance to parents of campers that their children are in a safe, secure program by giving them all necessary information and support. Families receive regular updates about Camp Rainbow Gold programs and activities, providing camp packets and camp information prior to camp including written documentation regarding camp accreditation and association, information on staff training, medical staff provided and program activities.

Moreover, we have developed a year-round support network for all Camp Rainbow Gold participants that enable emotional and social support with other families and children who have been diagnosed with cancer.

Camp Rainbow Gold was founded in 1984. For more than 35 years, we have been serving the Idaho community and are dedicated to providing programs for children diagnosed with cancer. Over the years, our programs have grown and adjusted to meet the needs of our community. What was once a one-week camp for children diagnosed with cancer has grown into two oncology camps, a sibling camp, two family retreats, a year-round teen support group, a college scholarship program and year-round family events.

Camp Rainbow Gold was a program with the American Cancer Society through 2013 when we became an independent nonprofit organization. We have been supported by St. Lukes Health System since our inception with St. Lukes medical staff attending all camps and St. Lukes employees sitting on our board of directors.

Camp Rainbow Gold is a member of the Children’s Oncology Camp Association and has been accredited by the American Camp Association since 2002.

Camp Rainbow Gold is an independent nonprofit organization made up of a large network of generous, loving people who are devoted to providing emotionally empowering experiences to families dealing with a pediatric cancer diagnosis. What started as a week of camp for a handful of children diagnosed with cancer has grown into much more. Camp Rainbow Gold has expanded over the years to offer two oncology camps, sibling camps and family retreats. Other programs include college scholarships and a teen support group. Our programs are sustained by community fundraising, private donations and volunteer efforts. Camp Rainbow Gold is supported by more than 300 volunteers from across the nation and has been accredited through the American Camp Association since 2002.

Now, we are looking to the future. In April 2019, Camp Rainbow Gold purchased property in Fairfield, Idaho to build Idaho’s first medical camp. Our campers have lives that are always in flux. With a permanent home for camp, we can provide a stable base for activities and learning experiences. With 172 acres, we can expand—more bunkhouses, more activities, more grounds to explore. We aim to build a home that can welcome generation after generation of Idaho children and their families.

With proper facilities and year-round access, we can not only create a permanent home for ourselves, we can secure our future by opening this home to like-minded organizations. Our vision is to create and maintain an Idaho medical camp, a welcoming space designed specifically for guests with medical needs to securely connect with nature and each other.

Our state is growing, and Camp Rainbow Gold—and other organizations like ours—will need to grow with it. As the Gem State’s only purpose-built medical camp, we’ll be able to serve our Camp Rainbow Gold community while providing the space and safety other organizations need to bring their unique visions to life.

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?

    Our mission is to serve Idaho children diagnosed with cancer and their families.

  • 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), Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, 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 strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    In 2020, we hosted programs via virtual events and "Camp at Home" experiences. While we still provided connections and community our campers love, something was missing. The response from campers, families, and medical advisors was that we had to get the kids back to camp. Children with cancer are experts in quarantine, isolation, and medical concerns. What they need more than anything is face-to-face connections with people who understand their unique situation. And we did it! We held our first camps at our own property in 2021. Camps were smaller and a bit different with COVID still looming, but there's nothing better than watching kids taking part in new activities, making new friends, finding confidence, support, and everything else that makes Camp Rainbow Gold so magical.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

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

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

    Our feedback from those we serve allows us to continue to provide programs that are engaging, empowering, and exciting. Asking for feedback allows us a balanced relationship where we can stay focused on our mission and our values while changing with the times, spaces, and state of our community.

  • 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 engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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CAMP RAINBOW GOLD INC

Board of directors
as of 09/02/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Monica Walker

Doris Tunney

Jason Couvillion

David Mcclusky III

Brian Goltry

Jessica Shaw

Nathan Meeker

Monica Walker

Will Varin

Carlie Pedersen

Elizabeth Lizberg

Chuck Graves

Randy Steed

Chris Morrison

Stacey Gehlken

Ryan McFarland

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 1/28/2021

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/28/2021

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Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • 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.