Family Camp


Where Memories Are Made

Every year since 1995 during Labor Day weekend, we have hosted Candlelighters Family Camp for over 250 Candlelighters family members in Eugene, OR. It is an incredible three days filled with laughter, play, connecting, love and healing. Our families come together and get the opportunity to experience the magic of Family Camp while horseback riding, zip lining, swimming, riding go karts and bumper boats, attending campfires, and so much more! It is a great weekend for families to come and create memories. 
 
Candlelighters Family Camp is offered to children diagnosed with cancer and their families.  Attendance is 100% free of charge ensuring that all families who are interested in having the Family Camp experience can participate regardless of socioeconomic status or trying to balance medical bills during treatment.  
 
What makes Candlelighters Family Camp unique is that the experience is for the entire family.  Parents, siblings and even the child living with cancer enjoy a weekend where the worries of treatments and associated struggles are left behind. 

2016 Review 

A place to play.  A place to feel safe. A place to giggle.  A place to escape.  A place to share.  

Mere words can’t describe Candlelighters Family Camp, because it’s more than a place; It’s more than a camp.  Candlelighters Family Camp is one of our most popular and impactful programs that offers hope, healing, and light to children with cancer and their family.

Candlelighters Family Camp is supported by the Kinnie Mae Foundation, Juan Young Trust, RE/MAX Foundation, Windermere Corporation, and many individual donors that make Family Camp possible year-after-year.

This year’s Candlelighters Family Camp brought together more than 250 campers.  As one family expressed, “Having the opportunity to attend Candlelighters Family Camp made such a difference in our ability to cope with our son’s cancer and his years of treatment. Having the opportunity to share our concerns about treatment with other families dealing with the same issues reduced our sense of isolation, calmed our fears and gave us valuable insights into coping with childhood cancer.”  The family also said it gave them an opportunity to create memories and allowed them to “feel normal.”