Camp for Adults with Cancer
October 25, 26, 27
What is Camp Bluebird?
A unique experience for adult cancer patients, Camp Bluebird is a 3-day, 2-night camp held at the Uskichitto Retreat Center, located 6-miles west of Kinder, Louisiana. Enjoy beautiful parkland, river views, towering pines and comfortable accommodations nestled on 120 acres of Southwest Louisiana countryside. Surrounded by the beauty of nature, campers receive support in a creative, educational atmosphere. Camp Bluebird is sponsored by Lake Charles Memorial Hospital and AT&T Volunteers. The camp is held once per year.
What is the purpose of Camp Bluebird?
Camp Bluebird provides adult cancer patients:
- A time for listening and learning
- A time for sharing
- Suggestions for adjusting to life with cancer
- Tips for giving—and receiving—family support
- An overview of non-medical needs and how to meet them
- Answers to medical concerns
- Information on treatments and side effects
- Nutritional information
- Creative outlets through arts and crafts
Who can attend?
Any adult, age 18 or older, who has been diagnosed with cancer, is invited to attend.
What are the accommodations like?
Campers will sleep in a fully air conditioned cabin. Bunk beds are provided and cabins are ADA accessible. To view photos of the Uskichitto Retreat Center accommodations, log on to www.campurc.com and click on the facilities tab.
What should I bring?
Campers should bring toiletry items, linens, comfortable clothing, and walking shoes. Meals and snacks will be provided.
Is transportation provided?
Campers will meet volunteers at Memorial Hospital and ride to the campsite in a van. Maps will be distributed to those wishing to provide their own transportation.
Who sponsors Camp Bluebird?
Camp Bluebird is a special project of the Cancer Center at Memorial Hospital, Memorial volunteers, and the local chapter of AT&T Volunteers. The name Camp Bluebird originated from the Telephone Pioneers of America project preserving bluebirds in the Southeast. Each camper will have the opportunity to build a bluebird house to assist the pioneers with this project.
Who are the counselors?
Camp Bluebird counselors are members of Memorial’s Cancer Center team, and include physicians, nurses, a social worker, a dietician, pastoral care associates and volunteers.
How do I register?
Click here to register by the OCTOBER 15 DEADLINE.
For more information, contact Barbara LeDay, at (337) 494-2121 or Rev. David Dewitt, at (337) 494-3289.