Kay's Kamp is an ACA accredited week-long, overnight camp experience for children with cancer. 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.
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(The Kaylyn Elaine Warren Foundation (KEWF) is now Kay's Foundation)
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 staff is a dedicated group of volunteers, 20 years and older, consisting of parents, teachers, survivors, young adults, and professional, 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 Leader 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.
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
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.
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.
For more information on our Palliative/Complex Medical Care please contact our Medical Coordination Director:
Mary Ellen McKnight, RN, MSN, OCN, CHPN
PK2 - Parents & Kids Together
Kay’s Foundation and the Sunrise Children’s Foundation come together to host a family conference called PK2, which stands for “Parents and Kids Together.” PK2 is a fun filled weekend provided free of charge for Kampers and their whole families.
The PK2 Family Conference provides parents with a forum for the exchange of ideas and information relating to having a child with cancer, while also providing an exciting “camp-like” experience for the whole family - with the help of Kamp volunteers acting as counselors and activity staff!
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