CAMP KEMO is a one week summer camp for children with cancer, ages 5–18 and their siblings.
CAMP KEMO was first held in August, 1980, with 45 participants. As this was a day camp, the agenda included many field trips as well as normal camp activities. In spite of the intense heat and buses with faulty air conditioning, camp was very successful. Due to this success, the first week long overnight camp was held in August, 1981. Overnight camp has continued for the past 29 years with an increasing number of participants each year. Each year is more successful than the last, as the community continues to support CAMP KEMO through funds, services and interest.
Our Center's most recognized program is a one week summer camp for patients ages 5–18 and their siblings. Staffed by our physicians, nurses and volunteers, CAMP KEMO allows children to swim, hike and simply be children. The fun times at CAMP KEMO lay important groundwork for future treatment as participants learn to trust, respect and relate to one another. CAMP KEMO is funded completely by community donations.
Next camping session
June 13–18, 2016
Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders of Palmetto Health Richland, Columbia, South Carolina
Children who have or have had cancer between the ages of 5 and 18 years and siblings of children with cancer between the ages of 7 and 16 years who received their therapy at the Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders of Palmetto Health Richland. (Once a patient has been off therapy for 3 years they are not allowed to bring a sibling, once a patient has been off therapy for 5 years they are no longer eligible to attend.)
Fourteen Council members composed of Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders staff and community leaders.
Private donations-Memorials-Civic Organizations (no funding from hospital budget)
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