Camps for kids experiencing cancer through a loved one…
These outstanding camps were designed with the hope that they would address the needs of young people affected by cancer through loved ones (parent, sibling or grandparent) or who have experienced the loss of a loved one through cancer. The retreats provide young people the opportunity to meet others like themselves in a well-supervised atmosphere of love and acceptance knowing that their pain is understood. Our camps are cost-free to the including transportation on coach buses. Parents/Guardians are asked to transport their child(ren) to designated pick-up locations throughout the state.
Winter Camp Angel (ages 7-12) was held January 27-29, 2017. Our winter Camp Angel brought us forty-one incredible young campers.
This energetic group of campers were welcomed by our campsite Co-Directors, Dick & Amy Lemke. The camper groups (Bunnies, Foxes, Bears and Wolves) and their counselors stayed in awesome northwoods cabins complete with fireplaces. Together they enjoyed hot chocolate, snacks and games galore in a warm and cozy atmosphere of fun and friendship.
Our winter wonderland weekend included a special visit from Wildwood Wildlife and the campers got to meet and greet many wildlife furry friends up close and personal including a skunk which always creates curiosity and smiles. We are very grateful to Wildwood Wildlife for this presentation along with our other amazing educational presenters: Dave Sixel (Martial Arts) and Laura Lockwood (meteorologist). Our Saturday day of fun was filled with many activity opportunities which included: snowmobile rides, ice bowling, sledding, climbing wall, snow shoeing and a variety of unique and fun crafts along with cookie decorating, face painting, nail painting and hair braiding.
We are extremely blessed and thankful for our exceptional team of counselors: Emily Kovach-Erickson, Myles Lemke, Tyrel Miller, Yash Patel, Alayna Perry, Brigette Ryan, Brendan Thompson and Cali Sanborn.
A huge thank you to our Angel volunteer family (we simply could not do it without them): Dick & Amy Lemke, Dr. Sarah Hess, Dr. Sara Loch, Jon Perry, Michelle Perry, Mike Wolf, Eric Schoeneck, Sue Lemke, Mary & Otto Schoeneck, Deana & John Bigley, Joe & Joy Smoger, Wendi Ell and Jennifer Klingen,
A big round of applause goes out to our Angel snowmobile team of volunteers: Gary Groff, Kathy Groff, Jim Herold, Carla Klein, Roger Klein and Jim Rybarczyk for providing a day of fun and exciting rides for our campers.
We gratefully acknowledge Camp Manitowish YMCA in Boulder Junction, WI and its fabulous staff for all their help in making this a memorable weekend.
Angel Adventures (ages 16-18) was held February 10-13, 2017 at Camp Luther in Three Lakes. 14 wonderful campers participated in tubing, broom ball, cross country skiing and so much more. Thanks to Nikki and Andy King and Kathy Mathie for leading the group and Tommy Geraty for being the bus chaperone. It was an honor to get to know these remarkable kids.
Summer Camp Angel (ages 7-12) was held July 7-9, 2017. A group of fifty-six awesome young campers joined us for our summer Camp Angel experience.
Campsite Co-Directors, Dick & Amy Lemke greeted this enthusiastic group of campers. The camper groups (Bunnies, Foxes, Bears and Wolves) resided in unique lodging: Tree House, Ark, Fort and Tower.
Our fun-filled weekend included a pirate trip adventure on the Strauss Family’s incredible Pirate Ship in Eagle River with Captains Steve and Steve-O Strauss at the helm. We are beyond grateful to the Strauss’s for providing this always fun expedition. Our deepest thanks go out to the northwoods Harley Riders for their exciting annual visit, Dave Sixel with his hands-on Martial Arts learning demo and DJ Dan Scafaro for leading our traditional dance. Highlights of the many Saturday fun-filled activity offerings included exciting water craft rides, swimming, boat rides and a variety of crafts.
A huge round of applause to our amazing team of counselors: Cali Sanborn, Mackenzie Pipes, Annabelle Sanborn, Nikki Graziano, Hadley Krus, Meg Matthews, Alex Graziano, Yash Patel, Kenney Zettelmeier, Tyrel Milller, Justin Jarrell, Casey Ruplinger and Noah Weber.
Hats off to our Angel volunteer family: Dick & Amy Lemke, Vijay Aswani, MD, Katie Weister, Kerri Weister, Jeff Weister, Brad Gerdes, Suzanne Lemke, Teri Mayer, Jon Perry, Mary Ryskoski, Theresa Ryskoski Mary & Otto Schoeneck, Deana & John Bigley, Tommy Geraty, Randy Ryskoski, Dave Hughes, Vincent Ryskoski and Liam Montezon. A very special thanks to Nancy and Tom Schuller for their unending help. We gratefully acknowledge Camp Luther in Three Lakes and its fabulous staff for helping make this a memorable weekend.
Camp Teen Angel (ages 13-15) was held July 14-17, 2018. We had 27 delightful campers and a fabulous time. We would like to thank the Eagle River Pirates for a swashbuckling time on the pirate ship and we saddled up at Holiday Acres for good ride and even took a spin on a go-cart.
High ropes challenge, hikes, games, new friends and even a dance rounded out our camp. Thanks to our awesome counselors: Kathy Mathie, Kyle Schmidt, Michael Gonzales, Joel DePons, Chloe Springer, Magen Zettelmeier, Kim Gums and Alyssa Brugger and the great staff at Camp Manito-Wish YMCA in Boulder Junction.
Our adventure continued at Angel Adventures Extreme (ages 16-18) August 4-7, 2017. Fourteen fearless campers explored the Keweenaw along with their valiant counselors: Kathy Mathie, Dawn & Anthony Hartung, Kyle Schmidt, Magen Zettelmeier and Sarah Beilke braved the copper mine, rappelled a mine shaft, kayaked Lake Superior and hiked and played in the beauty of the Keweenaw. Thanks to the staff at KBC and Camp Luther for leading our adventure.
Camps for kids with cancer and their families…
Camp Hozhoni is a weekend camp for children age 18 and younger living with cancer (or in remission), and their families. Camp Hozhoni brings families closer together and builds personal strength. In a camp-like environment, parents and children gather with caring professionals and volunteers for a weekend of workshops, family/group activities and great fun. Children are able to participate in hands-on activities to develop creativity, physical endurance, mental challenges, and team building while the adults gain mutual support and understanding of childhood cancer family issues through support groups. Foremost, it provides opportunities to share feelings, experiences, and hopes with other families.
Summer Camp Hozhoni is held at the Lions Camp in Rosholt, WI and activities include games, family projects, wagon rides, campfires, water activities and more.
Winter Camp Hozhoni is held in February at Camp Luther in Three Lakes, WI. Families enjoy tubing and snowmobile rides and many other cool winter outdoor and indoor activities and take advantage of the Wisconsin winter wonderland.
Winter Camp Hozhoni took place February 24-26, 2017. Six families braved a snowstorm on Friday night to reach us at Camp Luther in Three Lakes. Better weather on Saturday allowed us to do activities that included tubing and snowmobile rides and all kinds of outdoor fun plus crafting and fellowship and a dance. Thanks to the snowmobile club and the high school students from Eagle River who helped out and all the people, too many to list, who made this a great weekend for our families. It was truly a labor of love.
Superheroes were everywhere at Summer Camp Hozhoni September 8-10, 2017. Our theme was Hozhoni Heroes and with everyone in capes it was an INCREDIBLE sight. Thanks to Crafters for a Cause, Jane Chapel and Linda Dick, for making 169 capes for our crew. 21 SUPER Families and 44 DYNAMIC volunteers enjoyed the MARVELous weekend festivities. Thanks to all of our WONDERful volunteers for making this happen. Special thanks to Kevin Kloehn and Don Brittnacher for taking pictures and to Chris Kloehn for putting together slideshow that captured the FABULOUS memories of our weekend.