KOA Care Camps makes a tremendous contribution to Camp Hobé each year. The Care Camps ongoing support makes it possible for us to keep the cost low to our campers’ families, many of whom are struggling with the costs of paying for cancer therapy. Our registration fees are $35/kid for the weeklong sessions and $15/kid for the 2-day Day camp. We estimate that it costs us more than $600/kid for the overnight sessions, an amount that includes everything from the fun stuff (games and prizes!) to the necessary (food, medical supplies, leasing the campsite).
We also waive the registration fees for families in need, so that their children can attend camp free of charge! This year, we gave fee waivers to 56 of our campers, or about 26% of them. This number has increased from 22% last year and remains much higher than our usual amount (~18% of campers requesting assistance). The economic recovery is happening slowly, and our campers’ families are still hurting. We know that the need continues to exist in our community for low-cost support programs. With so many families struggling to pay for their basic needs and the high medical costs associated with cancer therapy, Camp Hobé is honored that KOA Care Camps helps us give our campers an inexpensive chance to get away from it all!
In June 2012, we served a total of 224 campers – 56 at our Day Camp, 106 at our Kids Week, and 62 at our Teen week. This represents an 8% increase in our camper numbers from 2011, and more than a 20% increase in numbers JUST for our Teen week.
We are so excited to serve more campers each year. And we are truly thankful to the KOA Care Camps for making it possible. Thank you for all you do for the kids!
Chris Beckwith (aka Wapiti Mama)
Executive Director, Camp Hobé