Parent Information

Camper Eligibility

  1. kids with cancer between the ages of 5-17, by start of summer camp.
  2. They can be at any stage of their illness, regardless of physical limitations.
  3. Priority is given to campers on active treatment, and returning campers. New camper applicants in remission will be accepted after June 1st, based on the number of unfilled openings (bunk capacity).
  4. Able to spend a week away from home or the hospital.

Our primary concern is with the safety and well being of each camper. 

Each child is matched with a volunteer companion aged 18 or older for the entire week.  Companions are an important part of the camp’s success.  With individualized attention, children are well cared for while they are away from family members.  Each companion goes through a strict training and meets stringent criteria before being matched.  Special care is given to match the camper with a companion to ensure that the companion is emotionally capable of attending to the needs of the camper and that the camper benefits from the experience and relationship that will carry throughout the year, beyond the one week camping experience

There is a professional medical staff on site at the camp, 24 hours/day. This includes a doctor and nurses who dispense meds and attend to the medical needs of the camper. Camp Quality New Jersey has partnered with CentraState Medical Center in Freehold, NJ to provide medical staffing support, medical supplies, and in assisting with the identification of children with cancer who are eligible to benefit from the program.

Everyone who participates in Camp Quality is a volunteer.  It takes a special person to donate time, energy and plenty of love for the week of Camp Quality, but each agree that they get a lot more out of the experience than they give.  It is this kind of atmosphere that fosters love, friendships and lifetime companionship between the children and individuals involved in Camp Quality.  Once the week is over and everyone returns home the bond is not severed.  Companions keep in touch with their “child” through the year.  It’s a closeness that must be lived to be understood.

The Annual Overnight Camp

The dates of the annual camp are Saturday, June 26 - Thursday, July 1, 2010. Bus transportation for companions and Campers and medical staff will be provided To/From the campground from CentraState Medical Center,  901 West Main St., Freehold NJ . Campers and their families need to arrive no later than 11:00 AM to  check in with the medical staff.  Campers must bring their medications and an updated medication administration sheet from their pediatric oncologist. CentraState Medical Center will provide a Bon Voyage Party (music and food) for all companions, staff, campers and their families.  

The campers and their companions, from this point forward, will be within eye sight of each other through out the week

After all campers have checked in, have had a buffet lunch with their families and companion, they will board a bus to the campground in Blairstown, NJ. Buses will  return on Thursday, June 26th, between 1:45 - 2:15 PM , to CentraState Medical Center.  If convenient for parents, arrangements can be made to have campers dropped off at Hackensack Medical Center in Hackensack, NJ. The bus to Hackensack Medical Center is expected to arrive between 12:30 - 1 PM.

Suggested Camper Packing List For Camp