Frequently Asked Questions for Parents and Campers
Staffed by pediatric physicians and nurses, Camp CoHoLo offers kids with cancer and blood disorders the chance to enjoy a normal summer camp experience while being among friends. The health and comfort of campers is our top priority. If you have questions about Camp, from registering, to activities, to medical support, browse our FAQs below.
Camp CoHoLo hosts children between the ages of 6 and 17 who have been impacted by cancer or blood disorders. Campers include children currently undergoing therapy as well as those who have completed treatment.
Camp CoHoLo is designed to provide medical support for a camper’s current health and treatment needs, previous treatments, underlying disabilities, and/or other limitations that may prevent him or her from going to another summer camp. Kids in remission are also welcomed to attend, as they share many similar experiences and can offer hope to campers who are currently in treatment.
Any camper currently on treatment must receive a release from his/her physician to attend camp.
If camper is not released to attend in person, a virtual component will be offered for all to be involved.
Camp CoHoLo is designed to offer a normal summer camp experience to children impacted by blood disorders and/or cancer. The most common diagnoses among campers include: leukemia, neuroblastoma, blastoma, lymphoma, Ewing’s sarcoma and pediatric cancers, among others.
Unfortunately, Camp CoHoLo does not have the capacity to include those campers diagnosed with diabetes. There are separate camps like ours which specialize in that particular blood disorder. Camp Floyd Rogers is one example of a local summer camp for children with diabetes.
Our medical staff provides a full range of medical services to support each camper’s ability to attend and enjoy camp. Any medications a camper requires (including oral, inhaled, intravenous, intramuscular and subcutaneous) can be administered at camp. Tube feedings for children can also be administered if needed.
Physicians and nurses from Children’s Hospital and Nebraska Medicine staff the camp 24 hours/day. Many of them are the same physicians and nurses who care or have cared for the campers during the years.
Camp CoHoLo uses an online registration process through CampDoc.com, a leading electronic health record system for camps like ours. It consolidates information into a centralized, secure location. The security, confidentiality and privacy of your camper’s personal health and registration information will always be protected.
- To Register Online:
Email Camp CoHoLo (email@example.com) to request a link to register! We’ll send you the link to setup your CampDoc account.
- With your unique Camp CoHoLo login, you can visit the CampDoc portal to create a new account, or sign in with an existing account.
- The system will prompt you to fill out electronic forms, including: basic information about your camper, and a profile page.
- You can include camper medical notes, a medication management record (MMR) and other important documentation.
- Remember to save your CampDoc username and password, because you can save your entries and log back in to complete or update information over time. Registration must be fully completed by July 1st.
- Camp CoHoLo reminders and updates will be emailed out through the secure CampDoc system.
Camp is mainly funded and staffed by our generous donors and volunteers. However, there is a $25 registration fee per camper through CampDoc.
Virtual only camp registration fee is $10 per camper to cover the cost of mailing a box of items and supplies for activities.
Cost should never be an obstacle for any of our campers. We would encourage any family to contact us if the fee is a hardship, so that we can make arrangements.
Session 1: Ages 6-11
- Onsite Camp Registration: 10:00 a.m. Sunday, July 16, 2023.
- Pickup: 10:00am Wednesday, July 19, 2023.
Session 2: Ages 12-17
- Onsite Camp Registration: 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, 2023.
- Pick up: 10:00 a.m. Sunday, July 23,2023.
Absolutely! We encourage all kids in treatment to come and enjoy what any summer camp would provide. Our nurses and doctors on site will maintain and monitor their treatment needs.
The safety of every camper is our number one priority. All ports and lines will be managed by our medical staff to ensure appropriate preparations for all water activities, and any activities.
Parents/guardians will be contacted if a child is ill or requires emergency treatment.
As the children arrive during check-in time, they are assigned to a cabin with four to ten other children their age and at least two counselors – girls with girls and boys with boys. Bunk beds and mattresses are provided, but campers and counselors are expected to bring pillows, bedding and/or sleeping bags. The cabins have heaters and air conditioners, so campers are able to stay comfortable during cabin time.
Cell phones are allowed at camp, but use and times are limited. We will hold iPods, iPads and electronic games in our office so they do not get lost or broken.
The Camp CoHoLo Facebook page is updated at least once per day with photos of campers. If you have a specific concern, special arrangements can be made with our medical staff to keep you informed. Cell phones are allowed at camp, but use and times are limited.
CampDoc will email out reminders about items to bring to Camp.
- Comfortable clothing and gear for activities, like a jacket, swimsuit, and change of shoes
- Any medical supplies your child needs
- Supplies such as sunscreen, bugspray and sunglasses are helpful
- Campers and counselors are expected to bring pillows, bedding and/or sleeping bags
- Food is not allowed in cabins – we want to discourage furry little friends from hanging out with campers.
- All medications, including over the counter medications and supplements, must be turned into the medical staff at registration.
- Campers should not bring anything of value, since items can be lost or damaged.
- Clothing should be appropriate for an all-ages camp.
All medications, including over-the-counter medications and supplements, must be turned into the medical staff at registration.
The Fontanelle staff does a great job of providing kid-friendly food at all three meals, and we also have an afternoon and nighttime snack. If you are particularly concerned about what your child will eat, you can speak with the medical staff at check-in so they can keep tabs on your child. We always bring some extra food for picky eaters.
Summer sessions of Camp CoHoLo are exclusively for those children who are undergoing treatment or in remission of blood disorders and cancer. However, the siblings of summer campers are invited to attend a special fall session of “Sibling Camp,” designed just for them. Sibling Camp is for ages 6 to 13. Dates and details can be found on our News & Events page.
Yes! We love to connect and stay in touch with our camp families, campers, volunteers and donors throughout the year. Camp CoHoLo offers programs and events besides summer camp, including Sibling Camp, the Winter Carnival, and special events in coordination with other organizations.