Our Founder & History


Kay's Kamp is the dream and last wish of Kaylyn Elaine Warren who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) in October 2005 at the age of 17.  Kay had always dreamed of opening a Bed & Breakfast. To attain this goal, she had been accepted at the University of Delaware's Hotel Restaurant and Hotel Management Program for the fall of 2006, but when cancer invaded her life that dream quickly changed to opening a camp for kids suffering from all types of childhood cancers.  Kay knew first hand how cancer had stolen the normalcy from her young life and now nothing would ever been the same.   She wanted a safe place where all kids battling this debilitating disease would have a place that they could take off their wigs, have fun and not be different. 

In March of 2007, Kaylyn came home with hospice care and asked her family and a few friends to promise to start a camp for kids with cancer.  Kay passed to eternal life on March 13, 2007 surrounded by her family. 

The Kaylyn Elaine Warren Foundation* was established by June of that year and became an official 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with one goal; Kay's Kamp.

We opened Kay's Kamp in August of 2009 with 11 kampers and 40 staff including a medical team of doctors and nurses.

*In 2017 the Kaylyn Elaine Warren Foundation became Kay's Foundation

Kay's Kamp, Delaware's Oncology Summer Camp, Camp for Kids with Cancer, Kay's Foudation

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!

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Executive Director: Gretchen Loose

Kamp Director: Dave Wessell

Kamper/Family Liaison: Katie Foster

Kay's Kamp is a program of Kay's Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.