Camp Hope is a week-long camping experience for children with sickle cell disease. Sickle cell disease is an inherited blood disorder affecting the ability of red blood cells to carry oxygen. Children with this disease tire more easily, may have recurrent severe pain, and must receive continuous medical care, thus restricting their ability to participate in many school and recreational activities.
Camp Hope began in 1991 with 49 campers and is held at Camp Don Lee on the Neuse River near Arapahoe, NC. Camp goals include building self-confidence and independence, well-being, emotional and social development, and learning and sharing support with others who are living with a chronic blood disorder. A staff of physicians, nurses and other volunteers provide necessary medical support and emotional encouragement.
Activities include sailing, canoeing, swimming (lessons adapted for handicapped), arts and crafts, music, campfires, nature, specialized support, and educational sessions. For more information about Rainbow Services programs, camp volunteer opportunities, or donation opportunities, please contact Jacquelyn Sauls at 252-744-4676 or [email protected].