Camp One Step empowers children who have been diagnosed with cancer to find new hope and believe again in a brighter future.
The children who attend our programs are heroes to us, demonstrating unbelievable courage, strength and determination.
Camp One Step is a leader in providing empowering, supportive, educational and fun experiences for children (5-19) who have been diagnosed with cancer. We are the only local organization to offer 11 different programs throughout the year serving children and families who live in Illinois, Wisconsin and throughout the Midwest.
In addition to our highly attended two-week overnight Summer Camp which serves over two hundred children each year, we now offer a total of eleven programs throughout the year designed to meet the emotional, educational, and support needs of pediatric cancer patients and their families. We are a volunteer-driven organization with the assistance of more than 400 volunteers who deliver outstanding support to children from a wide range of ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.
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.
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).
Camp One Step exists to heal these scars that no one can see. Through community, support and shared experiences with peers, we deliver happy, pain free medicine called “camp.” We empower children to find new hope and believe again in a brighter future.