Our Mission & How It Began
Our dream is to offer children with cancer and their families a place of retreat in an environment of fun, friendship and love.
The Camp Magical Moments dream began in 2003 when a former executive director of the American Cancer Society, Ann Walsh, moved to the beautiful southeastern Idaho mountains along the South Fork of the Snake River . This founder’s hope was to create a camping experience for children who have had or currently have cancer, allowing them the opportunity to get away from their disease and just to be kids for one week. What is so special about the camp is that it takes place on a guest ranch that the founder and her husband own, the Hansen Guest Ranch. The ranch offers tennis, fishing, horseback riding, and lots of Old West experiences that the camp incorporates.
In the summer of 2004 a group of volunteers was formed, and it was the mission of all of these volunteers to offer the best camping experience for each and every one of these children. They were/are still committed to providing an environment of fun, friendship and love, all in a medically supervised atmosphere where the camper’s medical needs are met.
And here we are 16 years later, offering not only our weekly oncology camp but also offering 3 additional camps for family members! Who would have thought we would be where we are today?
Staff and Volunteers
Each year, we are blessed and fortunate to have people from all across the country volunteer their time and energy (and we need lots of it!) to make sure that each and every camp experience is the best and the most memorable it can be! All volunteers go through an extensive background check and training before we host our camps that involve our precious children.
"We love it! As a parent I love it because the people there care as much about my son as I do. They understand and empathize with the anxiety a parent goes through when entrusting their child, especially a medically fragile child, to another for days. CMM is thorough in obtaining the needed information to take care of my son but at the same time makes his week at camp a wonderful time when he just gets to be a "normal" kid. The camp is just the right size so that all the counselors get to know the kids and it becomes like a family! Camp Magical Moments is nothing short of magical!" -Lori Kramer
"Camp Magical Moments is where my healing really started." -Janae
"There is so much love and hope at Camp Magical Moments. It is where the healing of my family began!" -Barbara
"Camp has meant so much to me through out my life and it is hard to express how I feel about it. Camp is my family. Camp makes my heart happy. I love it and I am so excited to be a part of it this year as a volunteer. Camp has taught me so much and has helped me decide what kind of person I want to be. Thank you for everything you have done for me and the other camps. I love camp and I love the volunteers! Thank you for your time and all that you do to make camp the best ever!" -Tori
"I love being able to give back to the camp family that has meant so much to my family! As a cancer survivor sibling, I love that I get to now help other kids learn and grow through their experience as a volunteer at a truly magical place. The entire family is supported, remembered, and LOVED, and I'm grateful to be a part of that as a volunteer. At Camp Magical Moments, you truly become part of the family, whether you are a camper, family member, or volunteer, and you are connected for life." -Cyri