Camp Wapiyapi


Every kid deserves an unforgettable camp experience — the chance to run, laugh and play with other children. At Camp Wapiyapi, through week-long 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 is a camp for children who have been diagnosed with cancer and for their sisters and brothers. 

Nearly 300 children are diagnosed with cancer in Colorado each year. Wapiyapi was created 17 years ago to provide a carefully crafted and unique camp experience where patients and their siblings ages 6 to 17 years of age can regain a normal childhood and begin the mental healing with a lifetime of friends and a supportive community. They find they are not alone.  They find that they are cherished just as they are. And they have fun!

Campers say it’s the “best week of the year” as they enjoy outdoor adventures, team challenges, a talent show, and all-camp dance near Estes Park — and simply being with others who understand. 


Our application process is completed online and the application window will open in December.  Please email us to be added to our communications list so that you will receive an email when applications go live:

In the meantime, if you have any questions, please let us know.

Camp Wapiyapi 2017 Dates

Session 1: June 3 – 7, 2017                                                                                                 Session 2: June 8 – 12, 2017                                                                                                       Session 3: June 13 – 17, 2017                                                                                                 Volunteers arrive one day prior to session for training 

We also have a number of opportunities available to volunteer throughout the year. Contact us at 303-534-0883 ext. 1 or

Started by University of Colorado medical students, Wapiyapi has a unique one-on-one camper to counselor (companion) ratio. Additionally, a 100%-volunteer medical staff ensures that there is one doctor and two nurses on site 24/7 throughout camp.  Nearly 350 volunteers contributed  14,000 hours to support Wapiyapi in 2015.

Wapiyapi has a strong partnership with Children’s Hospital Colorado and draws families from across the Rocky Mountain region.

The Colorado-based nonprofit relies solely on donations to fund its programs. Since 1998 Wapiyapi has served more than 1,600 children and their families at no cost to families. Thanks to generous community support, we have grown from serving a handful of children to 236 patients and their siblings in 2016!

Our vision is that every family affected by childhood cancer has an opportunity to heal through the enriching experience that is Wapiyapi.

Wapiyapi – A Lakota Sioux word meaning health and healing.

Wapiyapi provides an exceptional camp experience that fosters friendships, fun and healing outside of the hospital to families facing childhood cancer