Hope Camp is an opportunity for kids to be surrounded by peers impacted by cancer to normalize their experience, reduce isolation and most importantly to have FUN.
For families with children, a cancer diagnosis can be even more complex with the unique challenges of the child’s response to crisis during a critical stage in his/her development. We know that there is acute stress for parents and families, especially when parents work and one or both of them is either receiving cancer treatments or caring for a loved one or sibling with the disease. It is critical to the parents that they know their children are being cared for in a supportive and safe environment.
Cancer Support Community Central New Jersey has created a summer program in partnership with Pingry Big Blue Summer to provide a summer camp experience where kids can be kids in the face of cancer. Our Big Blue Summer Partners offer exceptional programming that aligns with Pingry’s high standards, further enhancing the summer experiences of young campers on both the Basking Ridge and Short Hills campuses.
All campers will be granted the opportunity to attend Pingry Big Blue Summer Day Camp from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., followed by an immersion into the world of CSCCNJ through Hope Camp from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. This summertime program is an extension of our regular monthly social programming, designed to provide a free-of-charge therapeutic intervention where kids will have fun while supported by our staff of mental health professionals.
These programs have been so important for my family.
It has been so helpful to me
to know that I’m not alone on this journey.
They have helped my sons
to know that they aren’t the only kids who have a parent with cancer and have helped them express their feelings about my having cancer.
My son no longer sees himself as a “special-child”
as the way he often felt at school.
He can now stay calm and not fearful of the word ‘cancer’,
and it supporting me with a more positive optimistic attitude.
Jesse Guzik, Child/Youth Program Coordinator