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 – 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. Check back here for dates for Camp Wapiyapi 2015 to be held next June.
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.
Camp Wapiyapi builds empowering support that builds confidence and hope. Each camper 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. Teen campers ages 15 through 17 who are facing cancer can apply for the Junior Companion program where they develop leadership and take part in activities just for teens. (For volunteer opportunities for teens, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.