Camp Hobé is a special summer camp designed for children with cancer and similarly treated disorders. Their siblings, who are often forgotten in the disease experience, are also welcome to attend. Our mission is to create an atmosphere that enhances self-esteem, fosters independence and friendships, and creates a feeling of belonging. Camp Hobé gives kids the opportunity to participate in camp activities just like healthy children whose families are not affected by these illnesses. The camp program provides medical and psychosocial supervision to ensure children are safe both mentally and physically during camp.
Camp Hobé serves children from the Intermountain area (Utah, Idaho, Wyoming and Nevada) or those being treated for cancer (or similar disorders) at Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah. Children or teens who have been diagnosed with these illnesses may attend Camp Hobé 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 brothers and sisters may also attend Camp Hobé during this time period. Because we do not wish to turn any patients away, we may limit attendance to no more than four children from any one family, including the patient (that is, one patient and up to three siblings).
Throughout their time at camp, Camp Hobé kids grow in spirit, strength and understanding. They are allowed to play outside with other children, 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.