By day, campers at The Rainbow Connection delight in fishing, swimming, canoeing, archery, horseback riding or arts and crafts activities. In the evenings, they may participate in an all-camp dance, a talent show, campfires and an awards presentation that celebrates their week of achievement.
At camp, no one has to focus on being "different" or "sick". Everyone gets a chance to learn new skills and meet new friends. The memories and friendships formed at The Rainbow Connection last a lifetime.
Since the camp began in 1985, the faces have changed, the number of campers has increased, but the goal of The Rainbow Connection has remained the same: to help young people confronting cancer or blood disorders (whether as patients or siblings) re-discover the fact that they are normal. Each successive season has proved just how effective the summer camp experience is in restoring self-esteem and self-confidence in these young people.
The camp is staffed by volunteers from several communities and from The University of Texas Medical Branch. A medical team of physicians and nurses is on-site 24 hours a day. Campers do not spend much time in the clinic, though, because The Rainbow Connection emphasizes their wellness, not their illness.
Our objective is to continue to provide these children with a memorable summer camp experience each year, regardless of each family's financial circumstances. The actual cost of sending each child to camp is at least $500. While each family contributes $10 to $50 of this cost, The Rainbow Connection is responsible for the remaining 95% of camp costs.
To reach this goal, we need your help. If you, your organization, or your business would like to help us enrich the lives of these very special children, or if you would like to hear more about The Rainbow Connection, please contact us at the address below or print and mail the Rainbow Connection Sponsorship Form. All donations are tax deductible.