Every kid deserves an unforgettable camp experience — the chance to run, laugh and play with other children. At Camp Wapiyapi, weeklong summer camp sessions near Estes Park, children who are dealing with childhood cancer can experience those very things — at no charge.
What is Wapiyapi?
Wapiyapi – A Lakota Sioux word meaning health and healing.
For hundreds of families facing childhood cancer, it also means hope, support and even fun. The mission of Wapiyapi is to offer a community of hope and support to families facing childhood cancer. We provide healing programs through friendship, laughter and fun at camps and retreats.
Camp Wapiyapi provides kids facing cancer a fun and normal camp experience, an experience they would not be able to get at a traditional residential camp. Campers say it’s the “best week of the year” as they escape from the hospital and doctor’s office to enjoy outdoor adventures, laughing, dancing, singing — and simply being with others who understand.
Designed for children ages 6-17 years of age, we serve the patient and their siblings. The Colorado-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit has served nearly 1,500 children and their families since 1998 in a safe and nurturing environment.
We are currently accepting applications for Camp Wapiyapi 2014
New this year is the ability to upload completed forms so you’ll have immediate confirmation that they’re in! Click on the Summer Camp Breeze banner to submit your application.
Camper deadline is March 1th and all applications received by the deadline will receive equal consideration.
Volunteers: Click here for more information and to apply
Camp Wapiyapi builds empowering support that builds confidence and hope. Each child is paired with an adult volunteer (“companion”) committed to their well-being all week long. This one-on-one attention is a unique benefit of Wapiyapi. Teens ages 15 through 17 can apply for the Junior Companion program at Camp Wapiyapi, where they develop leadership and take part in activities just for teens.
Each camper’s well-being is a top priority. Camp Wapiyapi staff includes volunteer physicians and nurses who are available at all times for each child’s healthcare needs.
Healing doesn’t always happen in the hospital. At Camp Wapiyapi, cancer takes a back seat, and kids can just be kids.
Wapiyapi offers a community of hope and support to families facing childhood cancer.