Get the FAQs about Seany’s Camp Reach for the Sky

Thanks for your interest! Please read through these Frequently Asked Questions to find out more about The Seany Foundation and Seany’s Camp Reach for the Sky.

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The Seany Foundation

Who is TSF?

The Seany Foundation—a San Diego-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization—was founded to carry on the legacy of Sean Lewis Robins, a tenacious teenage cancer-fighter with a huge heart. Sean wanted to help every child with cancer he came into contact with as he battled his own illness. With great sadness, the world lost Sean to Ewing sarcoma, a rare childhood cancer that affects soft tissue and bone, on November 17, 2006. Today, his parents, Amy and Mitch, remain deeply committed to fulfilling Sean’s wish to improve the lives of children coping with cancer. TSF has raised over 3.8 million dollars in the fight against childhood cancer.

Who does TSF help?

Each year, there are around 1,000 new children diagnosed with cancer in the San Diego area alone. The Seany Foundation supports these children and their families with Seany’s Camp Reach for the Sky and other programs to help ease the intense stress of cancer. It was Sean’s vision for TSF to back programs that loosen the grip cancer has on the happiness of children affected by cancer, and that is exactly what we strive to do at TSF.

Where do we see The Seany Foundation going? What are our goals?

Each year, there are around 1,000 new children diagnosed with cancer in the San Diego area alone. The Seany Foundation supports these children and their families with Seany’s Camp Reach for the Sky and other programs to help ease the intense stress of cancer. It was Sean’s vision for TSF to back programs that loosen the grip cancer has on the happiness of children affected by cancer, and that is exactly what we strive to do at TSF.

How can I donate to The Seany Foundation?

The easiest way to make a donation to The Seany Foundation is by visiting www.theseanyfoundation.org. Click on the “How to Help” tab and then click on “Donate.” 

Can I make a donation to Camp?

100% of donations to The Seany Foundation go directly to the cost of running Seany’s Camp Reach for the Sky.

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What is Seany’s Camp Reach for the Sky?

Seany’s Camp Reach for the Sky provides children with cancer and their families a free outdoor adventure that challenges the spirit and broadens the mind. Camp was founded to allow children dealing with a pediatric cancer diagnosis the chance to be kids—an experience often taken away or put on hold by the disease—and give them a fun summer camping experience while under medical supervision. Seany’s Camp Reach for the Sky gives these kids a much-needed break from the feelings of isolation and being different that cancer causes. The atmosphere at Camp is free from cancer stigmas. The kids are encouraged to be themselves, enjoy the outdoors, face the challenges inherent of sleep-away camp, and just have loads of fun. 

What is the cost of Camp?

The Seany Foundation remains committed to keeping the cost of Camp 100% free of charge to all campers. However, the reality is that it costs an average of $540 to send one child to Camp for a week. All funding comes directly from The Seany Foundation. If you have the means or would simply like to make a donation, please do at www.theseanyfoundation.org. By donating, your child and others coping with cancer can continue to enjoy the gift of Camp for years to come. It doesn’t matter how much. Every single dollar counts and goes toward the cost of running Camp.

Who can attend Camp?

Seany’s Camp Reach for the Sky is open to any child who has or has had cancer before the age of eighteen. Siblings of cancer patients in the same age group are also eligible.

Can the children of parents with a cancer diagnosis attend Camp?

2016 will be the firs year that the answer to this question is yes. Families with a parent cancer diagnosis can attend Family Camp. See below for more information.

Which camping sessions are available in 2016?

1) Teen Winter Weekend: February 26 – February 28

2) Family Camp: April 28 – May 1

3) Resident Oncology Camp: June 27 – July 2

4) Day Camp: July 25 – July 30

5) Sibling Camp: August 8 – August 13

What is Family Camp (FAM)?

Historically, our camper population has included pediatric oncology patients ages 4 to 17 years old and their siblings. Our goal at Camp is to give all kids coping with cancer the chance to be kids—an experience often taken away or put on hold by the disease. Even though the emphasis is on having fun, campers often informally and organically share their concerns and experiences with each other. Seany’s Family Camp will give 20 families the opportunity to spend quality time together as a family, as well as find comfort and normalcy with their situation by meeting other families facing similar challenges. Unlike other family camps, Seany’s Family Camp will focus on the emotional needs of the otherwise healthy child, helping to support his or her struggle to understand and thrive alongside the parent’s life-threatening illness.

Staying true to The Seany Foundation’s mission, Family Camp’s primary focus will remain on the children within these families. The main objective of this camping session is to give these kids the opportunity to casually meet other kids who also have a parent diagnosed with cancer. Camp is a highly supportive, confidential atmosphere that serves as safe haven for the children who attend. By partaking in Seany’s Family Camp, the children will learn that they are not alone and leave with the understanding that they are just regular kids who happen to be dealing with some special problems.

Seany’s Family Camp is open to families who meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • Parent must be in active treatment (as opposed to supportive or palliative care) for cancer in the state of California
  • Parent in active treatment must be able to attend Seany’s Family Camp with his or her immediate family (spouse/partner of parent in active treatment for cancer and their children). Designated medical staff will be onsite to assist with general first aid
  • Parent must have at least one child between the ages of 4 and 17 years old in their immediate family
  • Parent must be able to self-administer any needed medications to self and family during the camping session
  • Parent or guardian planning to attend Seany’s Family Camp session must complete and return Registration Packet prior to being accepted (space is limited and need is high)
  • Parent or guardian must arrange for family’s transportation to and from the campsite, located in Julian, CA

Just a few of the activities participants of Seany’s Family Camp will look forward to include: Swimming, zip line, challenge course, rock-climbing wall, archery, hiking trails, game room, tree house & slide, basketball, tennis, meadow games, playgrounds, tetherball, horseshoes, music concerts, massages, manicures, catered meals, arts and crafts, and campfires. Activities are adjusted to meet the needs/health/strength challenges of all participants.

What is Teen Winter Weekend (TWW)?

Teen Winter Weekend (TWW), a weekend camping session for teens with a cancer diagnosis and their siblings that was discontinued nearly six years ago due to a change in funding priorities by the American Cancer Society (ACS). Teens receiving treatment for cancer and their siblings have been begging for the program’s return ever since it was closed. By once again offering this teens-only session in 2015, The Seany Foundation aims to show its dedication to meeting the unique needs of the teenagers in our community affected by childhood cancer.

What is Resident Oncology Camp (ROC)?

ROC Camp is a weeklong overnight camping adventure in the nearby mountains of Julian, CA. At Camp, kids shed the hefty “cancer patient” label they wear in the real world and come out of their shells. Campers—children ages 8 to 18 who have cancer or have had it in the past—let loose and have fun with other campers and counselors. ROC Camp is fully equipped with medical equipment and staff who are ready to handle anything from bug bites to chemotherapy and IV antibiotics.

What is Sibling Camp?

Specifically designed for the brothers and sisters of children with cancer, Sibling Camp welcomes kids ages 8 to 18 for a weeklong overnight camping adventure in the woods of Julian, CA. Sibling Camp is special because it quickly becomes a place where kids feel safe and able to express those dark, difficult feelings that get bottled up when watching a sibling go through cancer. The Sibling Camp experience is fun and supportive, giving the brothers and sisters of kids with cancer the strength they need to continue their unique battle with the disease.

What is Day Camp?

Located in San Diego’s historic Balboa Park, Day Camp is a weeklong daytime getaway for children ages 4 to 10 who have or have had cancer and their siblings of the same age group. Day Camp also includes a supervised overnight activity at the end of the week for older campers. Campers spend the day doing all sorts of fun activities with friends both old and new.

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Who volunteers at Camp?

These wonderful camp programs are staffed by a group of tremendously dedicated, honorable volunteers who like to have fun. These volunteers undergo special training that familiarizes them with the needs of this special population of campers. Many of our volunteers are cancer survivors and siblings of cancer survivors (some are even former campers!) who serve as an inspiration to all. Many are also medical professionals who enjoy being counselors and seeing the campers in a nonmedical environment.

Do I have to stay the whole week if I want to volunteer at Camp?

In short, yes. Camp is a very special place for all who attend. Campers need to feel safe and familiar with the volunteers who are there to support them. That means being at Camp from beginning to end so that you can bond with and grow alongside the campers. 

How old must I be to volunteer?

Day Camp volunteers must be at least 18 years old. Sibling Camp and Resident Oncology Camp volunteers must be at least 21 years old.

*LIT/CIT (junior counselors) 16 for Day Camp and 19 for Sibling and Resident Oncology Camping sessions.

How can I apply to be a volunteer?

To apply for a volunteer position at Seany’s Camp Reach for the Sky, click here. Fill out the brief online survey on our Volunteering for Camp page. Once completed, submit the survey and we will send you volunteering materials. 

Am I guaranteed a position once I complete the online application?

Volunteer positions at Seany’s Camp Reach for the Sky are limited and cannot be guaranteed to all who apply. Also, because our volunteers play such an important role in the lives of our campers, we must take great care in selecting volunteers for Camp. Please note that all new applicants will be subject to a volunteer screening process prior to acceptance.

Check out www.theseanyfoundation.org for more info about The Seany Foundation, Seany’s Camp Reach for the Sky, and ways you can get involved!

 

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