CoHoLo is an acronym for Courage, Hope and Love
These are the guiding principles behind Camp CoHoLo, which was named by our inaugural group of 22 campers in 1985. Camp CoHoLo now hosts 170 to 190 children each July during two four-day camps.
The summer camp is held at the Eastern Nebraska 4-H Center near Gretna, NE. The 4-H Center features ten two-story cabins nestled within the wilderness and a large, air-conditioned lodge used for activities and meals.
Who Attends Camp CoHoLo?Campers include children undergoing therapy for cancer or blood disorders, and those who have completed treatment. Children in remission share the camp with newly diagnosed children. Regardless of the age of diagnosis, they all share a common bond. Approximately half of the children who attend Camp CoHoLo receive medication for their condition. The volunteer staff at Camp CoHoLo includes pediatric hematology/oncology physicians and nurses from the Nebraska Medical Center and Children's Hospital and Medical Center who maintain strict medication schedules and monitor the health of all campers.
Camp Drop Off & Pick Up Times
Session 1: Ages 6-11
Onsite Camp Registration: 10:00 a.m. Sunday, July 18, 2021.
Pickup: 10:00am Wednesday, July 21, 2021.
Session 2: Ages 12-17
Onsite Camp Registration: 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 21, 2021.
Pick up: 10:00 a.m. Sunday, July 25, 2021.
Camp Life & Activities
Camp is separated into two sessions. Children ages 6 to 11 attend camp for four days and three nights, followed by campers ages 12 to 17 who spend five days and four nights. Since the health of the campers is the medical staff's top priority, each day's activity schedules are designed and adjusted based on the medical needs of each child. A typical day at camp might include a high-wire obstacle course, water slides, team-building exercises, crafts, games, songs and a camp fire – all directed towards building character and confidence.
A Typical Day at Camp
We get started right away with pictures and making “warm fuzzies” (mailboxes to build friendships). Every year we try to include a few new activities that will integrate our theme for the year with the same old favorites that make our children want to come back year after year. Our daily activities depend on the weather and the health of our campers, so rain or heat may cut our outdoor activities short but we “smile and are flexible” to plan additional activities to keep our campers having a fun-filled experience.
Activities & Traditions at Camp
- Swimming & Water slides
- Crafts & Games
- "Warm fuzzies" & Camp songs
- Laser Tag & Nature hikes
- Sitting volleyball/4-H Square
- Zip line & High-wire adventures
- Scavenger hunts
- A kid-focused dance with DJ music
Campfires are our favorite way to end the night. Kids plan the songs, skits, and activities. A starry sky and crackling fire is the backdrop for a bunch of great kids out having a great camp experience. The tradition is for the oldest group of kids to plan their last campfire, reminisce about the great years they’ve had at camp, and pass the torch to the next group.
21520 W Highway 31
Gretna, NE 68028-7264
Driving Directions from I-80:
Take I-80 to the NE-31 exit, EXIT 432, toward US-6/Gretna/Ashland.
Turn South onto NE-31/County Hwy-80/S Highway 31. Continue to follow NE-31/S Highway 31 for 5 miles from I-80.
21520 W HIGHWAY 31 is on the left.