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

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.

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.

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.

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