about our programs

From the moment a doctor utters the words “you have cancer”, time stands still and the images of that day are forever burned into memory. From that point forward, time accelerates and shuffling from appointment to appointment, hospital to hospital, and treatment to treatment takes over. A child’s perspective changes overnight, and everything is different at school, physically and emotionally, and he or she is instantly thrust into survival mode. But when children arrive at Camp One Step, everything changes once again. This time, life slows down as children are surrounded by other kids just like them. They share similar stories and inspiration is given free at every turn. New memories are etched into their lives and the kids get back to really living.

By offering fun, recreational and educational activities at camps held throughout the year, Camp One Step brings children together in a non-hospital setting where they find hope, support and understanding from their peers who understand a cancer diagnosis. Furthermore, we provide these camp opportunities at no cost to families. 

We offer our Utah Ski Program, Chicago Day Camp, Washington D.C. Program, Summer Camp, Utah Adventure Program, Dude Ranch Program, and Winter Camp, which are specifically for the child that was diagnosed. However, we recognize that when a child is diagnosed with Cancer, that it impacts the entire family, not just that child.

In addition, we offer three “family programs”. Our Family Camp, is for a family that has a child diagnosed with cancer, our Brain Tumor Family Camp (for families that have a child diagnosed with a brain tumor from birth to 19 years of age), and our Sibling Camp (for kids between the age of 10 – 19 that have a sibling diagnosed with cancer).

Upcoming Programs

Feb
22
Sat
2020
Utah Ski Program @ National Ability Center
Feb 22 – Feb 29 all-day
Utah Ski Program @ National Ability Center | Park City | Utah | United States

The Utah Ski Program is a one week skiing and winter sports program for children ages 10 to 19. With the instruction of certified adaptive ski instructors from the National Ability Center (NAC) and the encouragement and support from our One Step volunteers, thirty children will travel to Park City, Utah.

Many campers have physical or cognitive disabilities associated with their cancers or treatments. Working with the coaches, the children will challenge themselves in new ways — building that confidence as they learn new skills and achieve their goals. All adaptive ski equipment is provided by the NAC.

In addition to skiing, the kids also enjoy activities that in the past have included nighttime snow tubing, and indoor sled hockey.

For this program, priority acceptance to campers with limited abilities, rather than application timeliness.

Apr
17
Fri
2020
CHICAGO DAY CAMP
Apr 17 – Apr 19 all-day
CHICAGO DAY CAMP

 

The weekend-long Chicago Day Camp is ideal for the child who may not be ready to experience a week away from home. Campers are able to get a taste of camp and experience the fun of One Step programs while still sleeping in their own beds each night. Activities include trips to the Chicago Children’s Museum, Shedd Aquarium, and other city favorites.

Special thanks to the Mark Staehely Pediatric Cancer Foundation for sponsoring the Chicago Day Camp.

May
1
Fri
2020
Brain Tumor Family Camp @ Inspiration Retreat Center
May 1 – May 3 all-day
Brain Tumor Family Camp @ Inspiration Retreat Center | Walworth | Wisconsin | United States

Brain Tumor Family Camp provides an enjoyable, supportive, and informational opportunity for families who have a child diagnosed with a brain tumor to meet other families who are on a similar journey.

We welcome all families who have a child 19 years of age or younger that has been diagnosed with a brain tumor. Our program is adaptive and inclusive to serve all ability levels.

There will be an educational session for parents, in addition to the fun family activities that are scheduled.

Families will have a chance to relax, reconnect as a family, and develop friendships with other families who truly understand the challenges that a brain tumor diagnosis presents.

Jun
13
Sat
2020
Sibling Camp @ Conference Point Center
Jun 13 – Jun 19 all-day
Sibling Camp @ Conference Point Center | Williams Bay | Wisconsin | United States

Sibling Camp is a great opportunity for children to bond with peers who understand what its like to have a sibling with cancer. This program is for the sibling(s) of a child whom is a patient or survivor. Camp comes complete with games, activities, campfires, music and more. Accommodations and meals will be provided.

Jul
11
Sat
2020
Summer Camp @ Conference Point Center
Jul 11 – Jul 25 all-day
Summer Camp @ Conference Point Center | Williams Bay | Wisconsin | United States

AGES: 7-19

When a child has cancer, summer camp may seem like one more thing that the child has to give up. At Camp One Step’s Summer Camp, children with cancer are given a chance to experience a week or two of carefree fun with other kids facing similar challenges.

Located on beautiful Lake Geneva in Williams Bay, Wisconsin, Camp One Step’s Summer Camp offers a variety of fun and exciting camp opportunities for different age groups. Younger campers enjoy a traditional summer camp experience while special interest programs are offered for teenage campers.

Aug
8
Sat
2020
Utah Adventure Program @ National Ability Center
Aug 8 – Aug 15 all-day
Utah Adventure Program @ National Ability Center | Park City | Utah | United States

This adaptive program focuses on building survival skills through a variety of activities, including whitewater rafting, a ropes course with high and low elements, rock climbing, fire building, campsite cooking, and tent living. Through this adventure, campers learn to work together to accomplish a variety of goals within the program.

*New This Year*

We are excited to be able to partner with the National Ability Center for another opportunity to do adaptive programming.

It is a rigorous and challenging program and is not recommended for campers who have decreased strength and/or endurance, or campers who have fluctuating blood counts. This includes individuals who are currently receiving chemotherapy.

Rafting is not requirement for the program. We welcome campers that are interested in the challenge of the program, but do not wish to raft.

Eligible campers who wish to raft, must complete and submit the Swim Test Instructions and Confirmation Form prior to the registration deadline, or they may not be eligible to raft during the program.

Please be familiar with the Program Expectations and Goals.

Sep
20
Sun
2020
Dude Ranch Program @ Woodside Ranch
Sep 20 – Sep 26 all-day
Dude Ranch Program @ Woodside Ranch | Mauston | Wisconsin | United States

The Dude Ranch Program gives campers the chance to have an authentic experience like no other — living, working and participating in real ranch life. Campers learn horsemanship as they brush, saddle, and then ride 2-3 times a day. We take campers ages 11-16 with all levels of experience, from those who have never touched a horse to experienced riders.

The program takes place at Woodside Ranch in Mauston, Wisconsin where kids will participate in horsemanship classes and other activities (horseshoes, miniature golf, swimming, tennis, pony rides, nature hikes, basketball, volleyball, and line-dancing). Woodside Ranch is known for their breakfast rides into the woods surrounding the ranch, with breakfast made to order in their outdoor kitchen. Besides all of the fun and activities, our campers also get the chance to just hang out together- which can be as much fun as anything they do.

Oct
9
Fri
2020
Family Camp @ Conference Point Center
Oct 9 – Oct 11 all-day
Family Camp @ Conference Point Center | Williams Bay | Wisconsin | United States

Family Camp in Williams Bay, Wisconsin is a fun, getaway weekend for families who have a child diagnosed with cancer. This program gives families the opportunity to bond with both each other, and with other families who have a child diagnosed with a cancer.

Family Camp provides an enjoyable break for families who have a child diagnosed with cancer.

We welcome all families who have a child 19 years of age or younger that has been diagnosed with any form of cancer. Our program is adaptive and inclusive to serve all ability levels.

The camp experience provides support from other families who understand how a diagnosis effects the entire family.

There will be an educational session for parents, in addition to the fun family activities that are scheduled.

Families will have a chance to relax, reconnect as a family, and develop friendships with other families who truly understand the challenges that a cancer diagnosis presents.

Dec
27
Sun
2020
Winter Camp @ Conference Point Center
Dec 27 – Dec 31 all-day

The sight of familiar faces makes Winter Camp the best kind of warm-up during the week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

Campers get together to rekindle their friendships during five days of skiing, snowboarding, tubing and tobogganing. The indoor fun includes swimming, arts and crafts and games.

For questions about Programs, please contact:

Devin Ryan

Email: DRyan@camponestep.org

Phone: 312.924.4220

or

Darryl Perkins

Email: DPerkins@camponestep.org

Phone: 312.235.6838