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Seany’s Camp Reach for the Sky is a haven for children affected by cancer and their siblings. Based in Southern California and free for families in attendance, this extraordinary summer camp offers a fun, safe space to laugh, play and connect with others who genuinely understand. Most importantly, it’s a place where each child can take their mind off treatment and just be a kid again.

Camp Sessions

The spirit of Seany’s Camp Reach for the Sky lives on in a wide range of initiatives from The Seany Foundation. Choose from various sessions held throughout the year to find the best fit for you and your loved ones.

Resident Oncology Camp

Our Resident Oncology (ROC) Camp is an all-out camping adventure for children who have or have had cancer. Featuring a “Med Shed” housing medical equipment on premise, this weeklong overnight experience is fully staffed by dedicated physicians and nurses ready to handle anything from bug bites to chemotherapy and IV antibiotics. It’s a magical place where kids can shed the label of “cancer patient” and enjoy a fun-filled week to remember forever surrounded by lifelong friends who understand where they’re coming from.

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Camp activities may include: Swimming, challenge course, rock-climbing wall, archery, hiking trails, games, basketball, talent show, dance, field activities, theme days, bb guns, hikes, canoeing, campfires and much much more! Activities are adjusted to meet the needs/health/strength challenges of all participants.

Camp is open to:

Resident Oncology Camp is a truly magical place for the campers – children ages 8 to 17 who have or have had cancer. Siblings of patients may not attend Resident Oncology Camp, however, they can separately attend Sibling or Day Camp (depending on age).

Additional info:

Online registration for Resident Oncology Camp is open from November - June

♥ Registration Information for NEW ROC CAMPERS:

If your child qualifies for Resident Camp, click the REGISTER NOW link below and begin filling out their online profile.

♥ Registration Information for RETURNING ROC CAMPERS:

Click the link below and log into your CampDoc account, register your child for Resident Oncology Camp. In order to be 100% complete, you must read and confirm each section in their health profile.

Confirmation packets for all campers will go out one month prior to the start of camp.

Click the Contact Us button or directly email Camp Administrator Robby Medina at [email protected] with any questions, comments, or concerns.

Dates: Monday, July 1 - Saturday, July 6, 2019
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Sibling Camp

Sibling Camp sessions are specifically designed for the brothers and sisters of children with cancer. Kids ages 8 to 17 will gather at a beautiful campground in the woods of Julian, CA for a weeklong overnight camping adventure. What makes Seany’s Sibling Camp so special is that it gives your child the opportunity to casually meet other kids who are going through similar experiences. It is a highly supportive and confidential atmosphere and a much-needed safe haven for the children who attend.

Camp not only will allow your child a chance to relax, have fun, and build new – often lifelong – friendships, it is also a safe place for your child to express all of those difficult, scary feelings that the siblings of a seriously ill child tend to keep bottled up inside. This is done organically in small, trusted groups facilitated by specially trained camp counselors. Children are welcome to share their feelings and experiences or just listen. Also, there is a licensed psychologist available to the campers at all times to help your child with any difficult emotions that may arise.

Most importantly, Sibling Camp and its many wonderful campers and counselors – many former campers themselves! – will give your child the support and strength he or she needs to continue to cope with the unique stressors that cancer puts on siblings.

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Camp activities may include: Swimming, arts & crafts, ropes challenge course, rock-climbing wall, archery, hiking trails, field games, campfires and much more. Activities are adjusted to meet the needs/health/strength challenges of all participants.

Transportation is provided to and from camp.

Camp is open to:

Sibling camp is a wonderful, life changing experience for all campers – children ages 8 to 17 who have or have had a sibling with a cancer diagnosis can attend. The sibling who has or had cancer may not attend Sibling Camp, however, they can separately attend Resident Oncology or Day Camp (depending on age).

Additional info:

Online registration for Sibling Camp is open from November - July

♥ Registration Information for NEW SIBS CAMPERS:

If your child qualifies for Sibling Camp, click the REGISTER NOW link below and begin filling out their online profile.

♥ Registration Information for RETURNING SIBS CAMPERS:

Click the link below and log into your CampDoc account, register your child for Sibling Camp. In order to be 100% complete, you must read and confirm each section in their health profile.

Confirmation packets for all campers will go out one month prior to the start of camp.

Click the Contact Us button or directly email Camp Administrator Robby Medina at [email protected] with any questions, comments, or concerns.

Dates: Monday, July 22 - Saturday, July 27, 2019
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Day Camp

Our Day Camp offers a weeklong daytime getaway for kids ages 4-8 who have or have had cancer, and their siblings of the same age group. Located at the historic Balboa Park in San Diego, CA – right next to the San Diego Zoo – Day Camp allows children to spend the day engaged in fun activities amidst the sounds of their wild animal neighbors. Surrounded by both old and new friends who understand what they’re going through and supported by dedicated counselors and volunteers. As with other Seany camps, highly trained medical personnel are onsite at all times. The campground is also located near Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego should an emergency arise.

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Day Camp begins at 9:00 am and ends at 4:00 pm. Parents and guardians are responsible for getting children to and from camp. We can assist you in finding a carpool for your child if needed.

Camp activities may include: Swimming, arts & crafts, talent Show, field Games, theme days, and much more! Activities are adjusted to meet the needs/health/strength challenges of all participants.

Day Camp also includes a supervised overnight activity at the end of the week for older campers. As well as, an evening Talent Show one night of the week for families to attend.

Camp is open to:

Patients (ages 4-8), on or off treatment.

Siblings of patients (ages 4-8).

Children can attend separately if one child is out of the qualifying age range.

Additional info:

Online registration for Day Camp is open from November - August

Please keep in mind, you can only register your child(ren) for ONE week-long camp.

♥ Registration Information for NEW DAY CAMPERS:

If your child(ren) qualifies for Day Camp, click the REGISTER NOW link below and begin filling out their online profile(s).

♥ Registration Information for RETURNING DAY CAMPERS:

Click the link below and log into your CampDoc account, register your child(ren) for the camp they will be attending, read and confirm each section in their health profile.

Confirmation packets for all campers will go out one month prior to the start of camp.

Click the Contact Us button or directly email Camp Administrator Robby Medina at [email protected] with any questions, comments, or concerns.

Dates: Monday, July 29 - Saturday, August 3, 2019
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Family Camp: RyanStrong (bereavement camp)

Family Camp, RyanStrong is a special new camp for families who are dealing with the loss of a sibling or parent due to cancer. A safe haven for everyone in attendance, this extraordinary camping session focuses on the emotional needs of children and immediate family. It’s a setting where kids can casually meet others facing similar challenges, where family members can find support for their struggles, and where all can thrive alongside each other.

Family Camp gives families the opportunity to have fun by challenging themselves in trying new things such as zip-lining, or a climbing wall, or by simply sharing stories about their loved ones. It's the perfect mix of reflection and respect for those we've lost, and celebrating those who surround us.

Staying true to The Seany Foundation’s mission, Family Camp: RyanStrong’s primary focus will remain on the children within these families. The main objective of this weekend camping session is to give these kids the opportunity to casually meet other kids who also have lost a parent or sibling to cancer. Camp is a highly supportive, confidential atmosphere that serves as safe haven for the families who attend.

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Camp activities may include: Swimming, zip line, challenge course, rock-climbing wall, archery, hiking trails, game room, tree house & slide, basketball, meadow games, playgrounds, tetherball, massages, manicures, catered meals, arts and crafts, and campfires. Activities are adjusted to meet the needs/health/strength challenges of all participants.

Common questions/concerns:

Where is Family Camp, RyanStrong located? Camp Whispering Winds, Julian CA

When does camp start and stop? Families arrive on Friday around 4:30pm and depart Sunday around 11:00am.

Can we arrive late of Friday or leave early on Sunday if needed? Yes, arrangements can be made.

Housing: All families will have their own room and full bathroom.

Food: All meals & snacks will be provided.

Cost: Camp is free of charge for all families.

Transportation: Families arrange for transportation to and from camp. Special accommodations can be made.

Camp is open to:

RyanStrong is open to families who meet ALL of the following criteria:

Family must have lost a parent or child to cancer in the state of California.

Family must have at least one child between the ages of 4-25 years old in their immediate family that will attend camp.

Parent or guardian planning to attend Seany’s RyanStrong session must complete the online registration application prior to being accepted (space is limited and need is high)

Parent must be able to self-administer any needed medications to self and family during the camping session

Parent or guardian must arrange for family’s transportation to and from the campsite, located in Julian, CA.

Additional info:

REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS:

To register for Seany’s Family Camp, RyanStrong please read the requirements listed above and follow the instructions carefully:

Our registration is all online. Please read the instructions below and then click the REGISTER NOW button to get started.

  1. Create a CampDoc user account for your family, please use a parent’s name for the account (use an email you check frequently, this is how we communicate with you). Only ONE account is needed per family.

  2. Choose “Participant” when picking “Type of Registration,” and then register for Seany’s Camp Reach for the Sky, RyanStrong (must say RyanStrong).

  3. Fill out the family information in the Health Profile section. In this section, you will be able to add each family members information.

  4. Once your profile is 100% complete, it will be reviewed. If qualifications have been met, we will send you a confirmation email and packet with additional information within 2 weeks of completion.

Click the Contact Us button or directly email Camp Administrator Robby Medina at [email protected] with any questions, comments, or concerns.

Dates: August 23 - August 25, 2019
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Seany's Family Camp

Staying true to The Seany Foundation’s mission, Family Camp’s primary focus will remain on the children within these families. The main objective of this camping session is to give the kids the opportunity to casually meet other kids who also have a parent diagnosed with cancer.

Camp is a highly supportive, confidential atmosphere that serves as safe haven for the children who attend. By partaking in Seany’s Family Camp, the children will learn that they are not alone and leave with the understanding that they are just regular kids who happen to be dealing with some special problems. Seany’s Family Camp gives children with a parent affected by cancer an experience often taken away by cancer–the chance to just be a kid.

In a highly supportive and confidential atmosphere, 25 families can spend quality time together and connect with other families facing similar challenges. The children can have fun, make friends and learn they are not alone, while parents come away with a sense of comfort and understanding. Unlike other family camps, Seany’s Family Camp will focus on the emotional needs of the otherwise healthy child, helping to support his or her struggle to understand and thrive alongside the parent’s life-threatening illness.

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Camp activities may include: Swimming, zip line, challenge course, rock-climbing wall, archery, hiking trails, game room, tree house & slide, basketball, meadow games, playgrounds, tetherball, massages, manicures, catered meals, arts and crafts, and campfires. Activities are adjusted to meet the needs/health/strength challenges of all participants.

Common questions/concerns:

Where is Family Camp, RyanStrong located? Camp Whispering Winds, Julian CA

When does camp start and stop? Families arrive on Friday around 4:30pm and depart Sunday around 11:00am.

Can we arrive late of Friday or leave early on Sunday if needed? Yes, arrangements can be made.

Housing: All families will have their own room and full bathroom.

Food: All meals & snacks will be provided.

Cost: Camp is free of charge for all families.

Transportation: Families arrange for transportation (special accommodations can be made).

Camp is open to:

Seany’s Family Camp is open to families who meet ALL of the following criteria:

Parent must be in active treatment or recently in remission for cancer in the state of California.

Parent in active treatment must be able to attend Seany’s Family Camp with his or her immediate family (spouse/partner of parent in active treatment for cancer and their children). Designated medical staff will be onsite to assist with general first aid

Parent must have at least one child between the ages of 4 and 20 years old in their immediate family and must be able to attend camp

Parent must be able to self-administer any needed medications to self and family during the camping session

Parent or guardian planning to attend Seany’s Family Camp session must complete the online registration application prior to being accepted (space is limited and need is high)

Parent must be able to self-administer any needed medications to self and family during the camping session

Parent or guardian must arrange for family’s transportation to and from the campsite, located in Julian, CA

Additional info:

REGISTRATION FOR THIS SESSION IS NOW CLOSED

REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS:

To register for Seany’s Family Camp please read the requirements listed above and follow the instructions below carefully:

Our registration is all online. Please read the instructions below and then click the REGISTER NOW button to get started.

  1. Create a CampDoc user account for your family, using a parent name for the account (please use an email you check frequently, this is how we communicate with you). Only ONE account is needed per family.

  2. Choose “Participant” when picking “Type of Registration,” and then register for Seany’s Camp Reach for the Sky.

  3. Fill out the information in Health Profile section. In this section, you will be able to add each family member’s information.

  4. Once your profile is 100% complete, it will be reviewed. If qualifications have been met, we will send you a confirmation packet with additional information.

Dates: REGISTRATION FOR THIS SESSION IS NOW CLOSED 2020 Dates will be announce later in the year, stay tuned.
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Teen Winter Weekend

Reopened by The Seany Foundation in 2015, Teen Winter Weekend camping session caters exclusively to teens on or off treatment for cancer and their siblings. At the YMCA Raintree Ranch in beautiful Julian, CA, campers can be themselves in a safe and supportive space, away from the everyday pressures of their diagnosis.

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Camp activities may include: Team Building, career & college focused activities, field games, campfires, hikes, indoor games, arts & crafts and much more. Activities are adjusted to meet the needs/health/strength challenges of all participants.

Camp is open to:
  1. Patients (ages 14-17) on or off treatment.

  2. Siblings (ages 14-17) of patients.

    One can attend without the other.

Additional info:

Transportation is provided to and from camp.

Online registration for Teen Winter Weekend is open from November - February.

Click the Contact Us button or directly email Camp Administrators, Lori Jolliffe at [email protected] or Robby Medina at [email protected] with any questions, comments, or concerns.

Dates: 2020 Teen Winter Weekend dates will be announced late summer 2019!
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Seany Movie Nights

Our Seany Movie Nights provide a special evening out to kids receiving treatment for cancer at local hospitals and their families. Renting out an entire theater, we treat attendees to complimentary snacks and an exclusive prescreening of a blockbuster movie. Guests can even dress up to compete in a costume contest. Over the years, we’ve premiered films from the Harry Potter and Twilight series, and it’s all free for the kids and their families.

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Common Camp Questions

Seany’s Camp Reach for the Sky is open to children who meet one or more of the following criteria:

  1. Has or has had cancer before the age of 18

  2. Is under the age of 18 and has a sibling with a cancer diagnosis

  3. Is under the age of 18 and has a parent with a cancer diagnosis

DAY CAMP: For patients and their siblings (ages 4-8). Both, patients and siblings can attend the camp, either separately or together, depending on ages. A sibling can attend Day Camp even if the patient is out of the age range to attend.

RESIDENT ONCOLOGY CAMP: For patients ONLY (ages 8-17). Siblings of patients can not attend Resident Camp, however they can attend Sibling Camp or Day Camp (depending on age).

SIBLING CAMP: For siblings of cancer patients ONLY (ages 8-17). Patients can not attend Sibling Camp, however they can attend Resident Oncology Camp or Day Camp (depending on age).

FAMILY CAMP: For families who have a child between the ages of 4-25 and have a parent on treatment for a cancer diagnosis or recently in remission.

FAMILY CAMP RYANSTRONG (bereavement session): For families who have a child between the ages of 4-25 and have lost a parent or child to a cancer diagnosis.

PLEASE NOTE: CAMPERS CAN ONLY BE ENROLLED IN ONE WEEKLONG SUMMER CAMP SESSION. Once younger kids move on from Day Camp to an overnight camp, they can not return to attending Day Camp.

We at The Seany Foundation understand what a tremendous financial strain cancer can put on a family. As a result, Seany’s Camp Reach for the Sky programs continue to be free of charge to all campers and their immediate family members. If you would like to make a contribution to Seany’s Camp Reach for the Sky to ensure that these programs remain free, please visit the For Donors section of our website.

Yes! Please visit the For Donors section of our website to learn about more about the different ways to give.

While our goal is to give your child a fun-filled week to remember forever, we are also committed to meeting any and all of your child’s medical needs. This is possible by the camp’s “Med Shed,” a complete clinic in the wilderness! The Med Shed is fully staffed at all times with dedicated physicians and nurses, the majority of whom come from the very hospitals where the children receive care when not at camp. The medical staff is equipped to handle everything from bug bites to chemotherapy and IV antibiotics (adults handle their own meds at family camps). Medically speaking, the only difference between the hospital and camp is that at camp doctors and nurses trade in their white lab coats and scrubs for shorts and t-shirts!

It is important to note that approval from your child’s physician is required to attend camp for both patients, and siblings. In many cases, a child’s doctor will rearrange a treatment schedule so that the child feels his or her best for the week of camp.

Camp Leadership

Brian Bonert
“CHOPPER”
CAMP ADVISORY COMMITTEE CHAIR
Kerry Whittaker
“CHIPS”
ROC CAMP DIRECTOR
Pauline Kern
“SCRAPPY”
DAY CAMP DIRECTOR
Benji Quintero
“NOODLES”
SIBS CAMP DIRECTOR
Lori Keleman
“WONDER WOMAN”
SIB TALK TIME
Tracie Gadler
“HOYA”
DIRECTOR, FAMILY CAMPS
Heather Pigg
“CHOWDAH”
CAMP HEAD NURSE
Scotty Coulon
“GUVNAH”
ROC PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Megan Roberts
“SLEEPY”
SIBS PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Lindsey Huhta
“MERMAID”
DAY CAMP PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Betsy Landers
CAMP ADVISORY PARENT LIAISON
Viviane Cahen
“FRENCHIE”
ROC HEAD GIRLS COUNSELOR
Abigail Paulsen
CAMP ADVISORY PARENT LIAISON
Spencer Webb
“SPUD”
ROC HEAD BOYS COUNSELOR
Rana McAnear
“RARA”
SIBS HEAD GIRLS COUNSELOR
Nicolas Quiroga
“KNEECO”
SIBS HEAD BOYS COUNSELOR
Chante Gonzalez Vido
“COUGAR”
DAY CAMP HEAD COUNSELOR
Kelsey Buskirk
“CAREBEAR”
SIBS CO-MEDICAL LEAD
Karen Chesnik
“BUTTERFLY ”
SIBS CO-MEDICAL LEAD
Kymm Hansen
“DIVA”
ROC GIRLS TEEN LEADER
Justin Nolley
“JUJU”
ROC BOYS TEEN LEAD
Sara Notthelfer
“CUBBY”
SIBS GIRLS TEEN LEAD
Joey Binas
“JOJO”
SIBS BOYS TEEN LEADER
Virginia Urias
“SEPHORA”
DAY CAMP ARTS & CRAFTS
Suzanne Loo
“LULU”
SIBS TALK TIME
Ashlei Gomez
“CHACHI”
SIBS LIT LEAD
Stephen Gadler
“GABBY”
ROC LIT LEAD & CAMP ADVISORY MEMBER AT LARGE
Amy Wilcox
CAMP ADVISORY PARENT LIAISON
Marianne Sy
CAMP ADVISORY PARENT LIAISON
Abigail Paulsen
CAMP ADVISORY PARENT LIAISON

Registration is open.

Apply today to reserve a spot for your child or family.

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