Brain Tumor Family Camp

Brain Tumor Family Camp

Brain Tumor Family Camp – Ingleside, Illinois

The s’more the merrier!

May 5th – 7th, 2023

Campers 19 and younger and their families

Ingleside, Illinois


Applications for 2023 have closed.  Be on the lookout for 2024 applications in January!


Applications for 2023 have closed.  Be on the lookout for 2024 applications in January!

Brain Tumor Family Camp is a fun, getaway weekend break for families who have a child 19 years or younger who has been diagnosed with a brain or CNS (central nervous system) tumor. As always, camp is adaptive and inclusive to serve all ability levels. This camp experience provides support from other families who understand how a diagnosis affects the entire family. Program leaders will prepare fun interactive activities along with supporting workshops for the whole family. 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.

After Submitting Your Application2023-01-17T08:46:32-05:00

After registering you will begin to receive the following information from Program Leaders

  • Camper Welcome notification
  • Packing list & “What to expect”
  • Pick up/Drop off times
  • Bus transportation information if applicable

Paperwork will be required for each program and may include:

  • Physical exam form
  • Health insurance information (front and back of insurance card)
  • Immunization Records
Current Safety Strategies2023-02-17T20:06:37-05:00

Camp One Step is committed to ensuring the health and safety of the individuals who participate in our camps.  With our camper and volunteer wellbeing in mind, the following safety strategies are in place:

  • COVID-19 vaccine will be recommended, not required*
  • Masking will be optional and masks will be available for those desiring one
  • HEPA filters will be used in shared sleeping rooms (HEPA filters will only be available at local programs not travel programs)
  • Pre-camp COVID-19 testing will be required
  • Pre- and post-camp health screening will be required

*Requirements for routine childhood vaccinations, which include diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, and chicken pox, are required to attend in-person camps.  Medical exemptions for campers will be reviewed by the Medical Director and Physician Advisor.

Camp One Step encourages any individuals at an increased risk of infection to consult with their healthcare team prior to attending camp to ensure that an in-person camp is a good fit.  If you have any questions or concerns about the above, please send questions to Medical Director, Susie Burke at [email protected].

Camp One Step is so grateful to the community for continuing to put health and safety at the forefront of all that we do.  We hope to see you at camp!


Thanks to The Marks Family Foundation for supporting 2023 Brain Tumor Family Camp.

Meet your Program Directors

Kris Riley, Program Director

Kris is the parent of a childhood cancer survivor and former Camp One Step camper and has been involved with Camp One Step since 2000. She has volunteered as a counselor, program leader, medical staff and was involved in the Milwaukee Board when it was up and running.  Kris has participated in the Utah Ski Program, Washington, D.C. Program, Brain Tumor Family Camp, Summer Camp, Seabees Leadership Program, Family Camp, Dude Ranch Program, Springfield Advocacy Program, and Winter Camp.

Bonnie Bodenheimer, Program Director

Bonnie learned about Camp One Step from a friend and has been involved with camp since 2009. She has volunteered as a counselor in several in-person camps including Summer Camp (Excel, Excursion, and Water Sports), Brain Tumor Family Camp, Chicago Day Camp, and Family Camp. Bonnie has also been a counselor in EVERY digital program since CONNECTED was established.

Bonnie Bodenheimer head shot

Brain Tumor Family Camp Testimonials

“Keep up the great work, programming as a whole was awesome. Getting a chance to connect with other brain tumor families and learn from one another is priceless!”
-Camper parent

“It has been a educational and amazing experience to be involved in BTFC and we will miss it.”
-Camper parent

“We always love hanging out with the family and friends we have made within BTFC”
-Camper parent

Photos from past camps

Our Medical Team

Camp One Step’s Medical Director, Susie Burke, leads our volunteer medical team. The Camp One Step medical team is comprised of volunteer physicians and nurses who have a passion for working with children and adolescents who are or have experienced the challenges of a life threatening illness. Even though it is important to have staff with pediatric oncology experience, we also welcome staff with other clinical backgrounds such as general pediatrics, adult oncology, emergency, and ICU to name a few. The medical staff work closely together in teams to address the medical needs of each camper. Our goal is to promote the health and well-being of the campers in an atmosphere of fun.

Have any Questions?

About our camps
Devin Ryan Director of Program Operations
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 312.924.4220

Jessica Hopper Director of Program Operations
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 312.924.4220

Madeline Brown Programs Coordinator
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 312.924.4220

About our CONNECTED programs
Mark Lowry Senior Manager, Digital Programs
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 312.924.4220

About our medical team
Susie Burke Medical Director
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 312.924.4220

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Medical Volunteers photo in William Bay on the walking trail

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