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. 

Up Coming Camps

Apr
26
Fri
2019
CHICAGO DAY CAMP
Apr 26 – Apr 28 all-day

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 2016 One Step Chicago Day Camp.

May
3
Fri
2019
Brain Tumor Family Camp @ Inspiration Ministries
May 3 – May 5 all-day
Brain Tumor Family Camp @ Inspiration Ministries | 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
15
Sat
2019
Sibling Camp @ Conference Point Center
Jun 15 – Jun 21 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
6
Sat
2019
Summer Camp @ Conference Point Center
Jul 6 – Jul 20 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 One Step 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, One Step 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
3
Sat
2019
Utah Adventure Program @ National Ability Center
Aug 3 – Aug 10 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
22
Sun
2019
Dude Ranch Camp @ Woodside Ranch
Sep 22 – Sep 28 all-day
Dude Ranch Camp @ 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
11
Fri
2019
Family Camp @ Conference Point Center
Oct 11 – Oct 13 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
Fri
2019
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 Camper Families:

Thank you for your interest in participating in Camp One Step. We have eleven amazing programs throughout the year. Click here to learn more about all Camp One Step programs.

For Volunteers:

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Camp One Step. Whether you have a weekend, week or flexible schedule throughout the year, our programs offer a variety of volunteer opportunities. Program volunteers are the key part of making Camp One Step programs happen . For more information on all of our volunteer opportunities. Click here to learn more

For our resource list, please click here. For our resource list in Spanish, please click here.

For questions, or to submit your forms:

Contact Darryl Perkins
Email: dperkins@onestepcamp.org
Fax:  312-878-7374 | Phone:  312-235-6838