Ronald McDonald Camp
In order to remain true to our mission of safety and inclusivity, ensuring that every camper in our community can participate, RMC 2021 will remain a virtual camp week from August 15-20. We have surprises in the works with the Flyers and anticipate expanding our program in the Arts, STEM, and Sports. There will be something for everyone!
Who can attend?
Virtual RMC is for children ages 7 to 17 who are currently undergoing treatment or who have been treated for cancer. Each camper may have one sibling attend with them. Senior Camp is specially designed for teens ages 13 to 17 and gives them the opportunity to choose their own activity schedule. Junior Camp provides fun, creative activities for children ages 7 to 12 (through 6th grade), grouped in virtual cabins for the week.
What is the camp schedule?
Activity sessions will be scheduled during the camp week from 10am-12noon and 1pm-3pm. Campers will have some flexibility of choice and do not have to participate in all sessions. We will also have fun evening activities between 7-9pm and a private website for campers to explore in their own time. There will be opportunities for campers to interact and just enjoy being a part of our RMC community.
If you would like your child(ren) to participate in any activities during our summer camp week, please submit an application by May 28th.
Feel free to email any questions to Cindy Candela-Ryan.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer counselor for our virtual camp week, please refer to our volunteer counselor page to learn more about our camp mission and community. There are several positions and flexible time commitments available, which are described on the application.
Please submit your application by May 15th. Feel free to contact Cindy Candela-Ryan with any questions.
Help children with cancer and their siblings experience the joys of summer camp
Virtual RMC 2021 will be packed with fun activities!
Located in the beautiful Pocono Mountains—just three hours outside of Philadelphia—Ronald McDonald Camp looks like a traditional summer camp, but as anyone who has been there knows, it is so much more. RMC is a place where kids with cancer, and their siblings, can enjoy just being kids. It’s a week of fun and friendship and freedom from being different. It’s a chance to experience new activities and acquire new skills in a supportive, nurturing environment. It’s a time when kids can talk openly about cancer and everybody else understands.
What is Our Camp Mission? The mission of Ronald McDonald Camp is to provide a true overnight camp experience for children who have been treated and are being treated for cancer as well as their siblings, ages 7-17. Our camper-centered program is designed to foster independence, friendship, and community among campers who share a common experience with cancer. The ultimate goal is to be a place where kids can enjoy being kids.
Who Can Go? Ronald McDonald Camp is for children ages 7 to 17 who are currently undergoing treatment or who have been treated for cancer. Each camper may bring one sibling with them to attend Camp. Senior Camp is specially designed for teens ages 13 to 17 and gives them the opportunity to choose their own activities in a structured environment. Junior Camp provides age-appropriate, fun, and challenging camp activities for children ages 7 to 12. There is also a Leader in Training (LIT) and Counselor in Training (CIT) program for current campers and first-time patients and survivors, ages 18 and 19, which helps them develop leadership skills through team-building and hands-on experience with campers. In order to be eligible as an LIT, you must be at least 18 and have graduated high school at the time of Camp and be either a cancer patient/survivor or a sibling. Siblings must have attended RMC in the past as a camper. To be eligible as a CIT, you should have previously completed the LIT program.
Who are our Volunteer Counselors? Our more than 130 volunteer counselors are a diverse group from all walks of life, with different personalities and a multitude of talents and strengths. Our counselors range in age from 20 to over 70 years old, with a median age of about 35 years old. Approximately 20% of our staff are former campers and we experience a return rate of over 75% each year.
Feel free to contact Cindy Candela-Ryan, Camp Director, with any questions.