Kay's Kamp is an American Camping Association (ACA) accredited week-long, overnight camp experience for children with cancer and those now in remission. Kamp provides a unique and special place for these kids to escape the daily environment of hospitals, medications, pain and the discomfort associated with cancer and its treatments.
At Kay's Kamp, kids with cancer can smile, laugh and play without being labeled as "different" or "sick." It gives them a chance to regain their childhood, if only for a week. Kamp features a wide range of activities and entertainment while each Kamper is "medically supervised" by our team of doctors and nurses.
The Mission of Kay's Kamp is to provide children ages 5 to 17 who are battling cancer and those now in remission the opportunity to participate in a unique camping experience promoting fun and normalcy - Free of Charge!
Kay's Kamp is a medically supervised overnight camp and is equipped to administer chemotherapy when needed. Our medical team consists of experienced doctors and nurses on site at all times during the Kamp week and Oncology Pharmacists are present at kamper check-in to verify all medications with parents/guardians. Kampers are medically supervised throughout the week by a volunteer nurse who travels with each cabin as they attend activities and meals.
Firefly Program: A child experiencing any critical medical condition or who may be on palliative care requires more individual care. Kay's Kamp will assign an RN to these kampers 24/7 to tend any specific needs.
KAMP AT A GLANCE
Any child, age 5-17, who is undergoing cancer treatment or is in remission may attend with physician approval. Seventeen-year-olds have the option to attend as a Kamper or to apply to be a Leader in Training (LIT).
Our Leaders-in-Training program is an opportunity for young adults, ages 17-18, who are currently in treatment or who are cancer survivors, to train to become future leaders.
Beginning in 2017, our Jr. Counselor position will be offered to new and returning 19 year old adults who are currently in treatment or cancer survivors. This program was developed to ease the transition from an LIT to a future staff member.
Our staff is a dedicated group of volunteers, 20 years and older from all walks of like - parents, teachers, survivors, young adults, and professionals - who are committed to helping kids with cancer. All full time counseling & activity staff are CPR-certified and are required to stay at Kamp the entire week.
Our medical team, on site at all times, includes pediatric physicians, RNs, oncology nurses, an oncology pharmacist, and nurse practitioners from Christiana Care, the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center, A.I. duPont and other area hospitals. Phone consultation is available 24 hours a day by pediatric oncologists at A.I. duPont Hospital for Children
Palliative/Complex Medical Care
Kay's Kamp offers the Firefly Program for children currently in a palliative care program, dealing with complex medical conditions, or end of life care. Firefly kampers enjoy the fun and excitement of Kamp while receiving 1:1 nurse-specified care shaped around the child's needs.
Kamp Director: Dave Wessell
Dave began his Kamp journey in 2011 as a counselor in a younger boys cabin. From the moment he walked into Kamp, Dave knew it would be his home for a long time to come.
Dave became a Lead Counselor the next summer, and for the next 3 summers he would continue to grow as a leader at Kamp.
In the fall of 2014, Dave accepted the position as the Director-in-Training (DIT) for Kay's Kamp. Over the next three years, Dave learned all about the ins and outs of leading Kay's Kamp and became affectionately known to the kids as the "DIT-WIT."
This year, 2018, will be Dave's inaugural year as Kamp Director where he will continue to work with our incredible staff to give our Kampers their best week of the year!
Medical Coordination Director