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 – 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. 

Camp Wapiyapi 2015 Dates:

Session 1: May 30 – June 3                                                                                                                   

Session 2: June 4 – June 8                                                                                                                        

Session 3: June 9 – June 13

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 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. 

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.

Campers: The application process closed March 15th for sessions this summer.  If you are interested in receiving communications about Camp Wapiyapi 2016, please email us at 

Prospective Volunteers: Camp staff roles have been assigned and are visible to applicants.  We are still accepting applications as changes do occur between now and camp.  Please submit your application here and gather applicable forms so you’ll be ready to move off the waitlist should openings occur.                                       

Some part-time opportunities are available, but filling up fast.  Click here to let us know your interest and availability.

Pursuant to our childcare license, our full-time camp staff volunteers must be at least 18 years old.  Additionally they must

  • provide required medical forms, references, applicable certifications, and participate in training and a background check.
  • commit to an entire 5-day session plus the day before it begins for training and team building
  • apply for one or two sessions
  • pay a $5 administrative processing fee to help defray processing costs

             Click here for more information about volunteering.

Note: Medical staff volunteer in 24-hour shifts.    

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Healing doesn’t always happen in the hospital.  At Camp Wapiyapi, cancer takes a back seat, and kids can just be kids.

Wapiyapi provides an exceptional camp experience that fosters Friendships, Fun and Healing outside of the hospital to families facing childhood cancer