When you think of kids battling cancer, you probably do not think of kids playing sports and participating in an array of traditional Summer fun activities like swimming, hiking and kayaking.
But this year, like every year for the past 30, all that and more will be available to kids from throughout the Tri-State area thanks to Happiness Is Camping, a Summer camp created exclusively for kids with all stages of cancer located on a 145 scenic acres of woodland in Hardwick, New Jersey near Blairstown.
Before the age of celebrity sponsored camps, there was Happiness Is Camping. It was founded in 1980 by a group of concerned individuals who recognized a need for a very special type of resident camp; a camp for children with cancer and catastrophic blood diseases.
Staffed around the clock with volunteer doctors and nurses from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Montefiore Medical Center, Happiness Is Camping is supported by donations and free to all who attend. Campers, ages 6-15 attend the overnight camp, staying from one week to five weeks, depending on their medical condition and the level of care required.
Constant medical supervision of the highest quality is provided, with facilities for children requiring chemotherapy, children at risk of bleeding and infection, and children with physical disabilities.
In addition to its first class medical facilities, the camp also features spacious cabins, each complete with modern showers; toilet facilities and bunk beds; a modern, fully equipped dining hall; a recreation building for rainy day activities and dances (with computer center, library and video center for movies, TV and music); an arts and crafts workshop; a full size swimming pool; a climbing tower, and an adventure and ropes course. The East end of camp boasts a complex for tennis and basketball. At camps’ center is a sparkling lake, home to elusive fish and families of ducks, swans, and turtles, as well as a fleet of paddle and row boats, canoes and kayaks.
The camp is located at 62 Sunset Lake Road, Hardwick, NJ 07825 and the office is located at 2169 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10453.
For more information, please contact Happiness Is Camping at 718-295-3100 or 908-362-6733, or check out their website here.