Family Camp

Candlelighters Family Camp 

Where Memories Are Made

Family Camp 2018

Friendship, Understanding, Community. Words can’t really describe Candlelighters Family Camp, because it’s more than a camp.  Candlelighters Family Camp is our most popular and impactful program that offers hope, healing, and light to children with cancer and their families.

Since 1995, Candlelighters Family Camp in Eugene has brought nearly 4,250 people together during Labor Day weekend. Families get a chance to enjoy activities that make camping so special, such as horseback riding, swimming, riding go karts, zip lining, attending camp fires and riding on bumper boats for three incredible days. Thanks to Yoga/Meditation Teacher Tami Taylor, Sydney Wight for coordinating haircuts and beard trims by American Traditional Barbershop, hosting of the Art Shack and Family Camp Masterpiece by The Children’s Healing Art Project (CHAP) and Art Volunteer Coordinator Angela Sherwood, and Camp Harlow’s staff for making the experience so special.

This year’s Candlelighters Family Camp brought together more than 250 campers including 19 new families! “It is really hard to express how important this camp has been for us. Connecting with other families who are walking this cancer journey. Supporting new families as they deal with their new reality. We laugh, cry, reminisce, swap stories, give and receive advise, cheer on small victories, and most of all, lift each other up. This journey doesn't end with the last chemo pill. This journey lasts a lifetime” says Sara Wilkison.

Candlelighters Family Camp is offered to families affected by childhood cancer who are currently undergoing treatment, in remission, or bereaved.  Attendance is 100% free of charge and is supported by Hillman Family Foundations, The Oregon Community Foundation, Clifford & Dixie Henderson, Juan Young Trust, Randall Children’s Hospital, and donors like you.

Thanks to the leadership of Kristin Burgoyne, 5 amazing Camp Counselors, 8 Host Families, Nurse Melissa Cliffton, Photographer Bryan Jochumson, and 13 caring and compassionate volunteers who came together to handle the many little details of executing a three-day camp.

Every year since 1995 during Labor Day weekend, we have hosted Candlelighters Family Camp for 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.