Camp Hobé offers psychosocial support for children with cancer and similarly-treated disorders and their families, through summer camps and family outings. Our mission is to create an atmosphere that enhances self-esteem, fosters independence and friendships, and creates a feeling of belonging.
Camp Hobé gives these families opportunity to participate in activities just like those whose families are not affected by these illnesses. The summer camp program provides medical and psychosocial supervision to ensure children are safe both mentally and physically during camp.
Camp Hobé serves children and families from the Intermountain area (Utah, Idaho, Wyoming and Nevada) or those being treated for cancer (or similarly-treated disorders) at Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah. Children or teens who have been diagnosed with these illnesses may participate in Camp Hobé programs while being treated with immunosuppressive therapy (chemotherapy, radiation therapy or immunosuppressants) and for three consecutive camp seasons after their final immunosuppressive treatment. The patient’s family members may also participate in Camp Hobé programs during this time period.
- Our summer camp program offers 3 sessions each summer: a 5-day session for kids ages 7-11 years, a 5-day session for teens ages 12-19 years, and a 2-day program for kids ages 4-6 years. Because we do not wish to turn any patients away, we may limit summer camp attendance to no more than four children from any one family, including the patient (that is, one patient and up to three siblings).
- Virtual camp programs may be offered during the summer for the same age groups, based on state and local guidance for the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Our family outing program offers several free family events throughout the year.
Throughout their time with our programs, Camp Hobé participants grow in spirit, strength and understanding. They are allowed to have fun with others, to discover the joy and freedom of being away from the confines of the hospital, and to temporarily displace the fears that the future holds. This is their chance—sometimes their only chance—to “just be kids” and to escape the grown-up realities they face everyday.
Camp Hobé Inc. is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (EIN 57-1149391), and all donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.