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).

In 2020, we transitioned some of our programs (Chicago Day Camp and Brain Tumor Family Camp) to a virtual format. We are so excited to see our campers and families come together in their home to feel the happiness of camp! Moving forward, we will continue to have some aspect of virtual programming woven into our in-person programs.

Upcoming Programs

Utah Adventure Program @ Virtual
Aug 8 – Aug 15 all-day
Utah Adventure Program @ Virtual | Park City | Utah | United States

Camp One Step’s Utah Adventure Program is going Virtual! Campers will experience the thrill of Park City, Utah while in the safety of their own home through creative virtual programming. The program is an opportunity for campers to connect with each other and have fun participating in activities that will take place online (through Zoom conferencing) and offline on their own time. It will be an adventure like never before!

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.

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.

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


Darryl Perkins

Email: DPerkins@camponestep.org

Phone: 312.235.6838