About UsOur camp has a rich history in New Mexico.
Camp Enchantment is celebrating over 30 years in New Mexico!
About 11,000 new cases of cancer are diagnosed in children each year in the U.S., with childhood cancers affecting more potential patient-years of life than any other cancer except breast and lung cancer. Youth dealing with cancer want to participate in all the traditional experiences of growing up, like summer camp, but instead they face a fight with a debilitating disease that can rob them of much of their childhood. Many programs address the medical needs of youth with cancer, but few address their emotional, psychological and physical needs. To address these issues, Camp Enchantment New Mexico provides childhood cancer support programs, thus providing a cherished opportunity for pediatric cancer patients, survivors and siblings from New Mexico the opportunity to renew their spirits, catch up with old friends and make new friends in a safe, supportive environment, surrounded by other children and teens who understand and identify with their situation.
Camp Enchantment is a camp for children from all over the state of New Mexico with cancer, ages 7-17 years. From May 28th to June 3rd, 2017 70-80 children on treatment for cancer or a history of cancer will descend upon Manzano Mountain Retreat for Camp Enchantment. There are also eight counselors-in-training (CITs) and another fifty-two volunteer staff including doctors, former camp attendees, counselors, artists, and many more activity coordinators. Medical staff are on-site at camp 24 hours a day. Our volunteer staff includes several pediatric cancer survivors and siblings who attended camp. The camp experience is invaluable for the children themselves and their families. It gives these children of New Mexico a much-needed return of their youth, and the program gives the families of these children a much-needed reprieve from the intense responsibility of caring for a child with cancer. It also provides leadership training and team building experience for our volunteers and CITs. In truth, this camp experience is invaluable for all involved.
One hundred percent of the funds will be used to support this camp experience for children with cancer. We have no overhead. The child poverty rate in New Mexico is 28.5%, and 72% of our campers qualify for Medicaid. The camp counselors and staff and board members are all strictly volunteers. The money donated pays for the use of the camp facilities (Manzano Mountain Retreat), the food, and the special activities provided for the campers (i.e. “Teen Trek,” “Carnival,” and the annual dance).
Board of Directors
- Amy Sturgeon
- Cameron Rodger
- Berdel Boulanger
- Melissa O’neill
- Linda Butros
- Kellie Nicholson
- Jodi Mayfield
- Jackie Pedersen
If you’re interested in joining Camp Enchantment’s leadership team, click here to learn more.