The Ronald McDonald House of Danville is celebrating 36 years of Camp Dost. The program was conceived to give pediatric cancer patients the opportunity to enjoy a summer camp experience without worrying about medical care. Perhaps more important to children, there are no worries about “fitting in”. At Camp Dost, they have more in common with their peers than any place else.
The camp experience has always proved to be a rich and rewarding one that leads to fond memories and unexpected life lessons. In the nurturing environment of Camp Dost, campers realize a new-found independence through personal growth. They learn to compromise, appreciate teamwork and become a self-advocate. Most importantly, they come to understand that they are not alone in their battle with cancer. Camp Dost provides a system of support like no other. It begins with the fact that each patient is permitted to invite one sibling to attend camp. Add to that the many volunteer counselors who are former campers themselves and a medical staff of familiar faces. Either by personal or professional experience, all Camp Dost staff know the road our campers travel in dealing with cancer.
For more information about Camp Dost, contact Chris Lehman, Program Assistant / Camp Dost Coordinator at 570-214-2889.