According to many experts, summer camp experiences are effective in helping children develop better coping strategies and greater resilience by creating new relationships, increasing confidence, gaining a greater sense of control in their lives, improving problem-solving, experiencing a healthy lifestlye, developing a sense of belonging and learning about diversity. But can’t we all; children both young and old; benefit from these experiences?
This past weekend nearly 40 adult cancer patients/survivors and co-survivors experienced the many joys, benefits and fun of a summer camp experience at the 2nd Annual “Adventure Weekend for Cancer Warriors” at nearby Camp Y-Koda!
Days were filled with a variety of activities including hiking, Tai Chi, a zip line, kayaking, archery, yoga and fishing. There were indoor and outdoor games, campfires, singing, and time for relaxation. Dr. John Reitz presented a wellness presentation and the Camp Y-Koda staff facilitated some meaningful team and relationship building exercises plus cancer survivor Bob (the Builder) Hartig lead a woodworking workshop. There was good food and treats throughout the weekend.
And, of course, the individual and group conversations that took place; around the campfire, during the activities, while eating, as we relaxed and throughout the weekend; was interesting and enjoyable and often inspirational and quite meaningful!
Watch for more stories and photos from this year’s “Adventure Weekend for Cancer Warriors” in future issues of this Local Cancer Community Update.
In the meantime, special thanks to the Sheboygan Service Club for their financial support of this event as well as all who supported, volunteered or participated!