Camp Wapiyapi is a summer camp for children facing cancer and their siblings, offered at no cost to their families.
Camp Wapiyapi’s purpose is to bring a whole lot of summer fun to the lives of children diagnosed with cancer. Through our unique camp experience, patients and their siblings, between the ages of 6 to 17 years old, can regain a normal childhood filled with laughter, adventure and fun. Patients and their brothers and sisters need a place where they are more than just their circumstance, but where they can begin to heal mentally. We think that kind of healing happens when they are creating a lifetime of friends and surrounded by a supportive, caring community.
The kids need to know they are not alone. They need to find out that they are cherished just as they are. And they need to have fun! Who doesn’t feel better after having fun?
- Nearly 300 children are diagnosed with cancer in Colorado each year.
- Wapiyapi is a Lakota Sioux word meaning health and healing.
- Siblings of children with cancer don’t get to spend much time enjoying being a kid due to things like doctor’s appointments.
Summer camp is a special time for kids. They get to learn independence, develop leadership skills and create lasting friendships. Kids dealing with cancer don’t often get to experience camp, but at Camp Wapiyapi they can. They get to have all the amazing experiences kids who haven’t faced cancer get to have while doing it in a safe, fun and supportive environment.
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.