Camp Good Days and Special Times, Inc. is dedicated to improving the lives of children, adults and families who have been touched by cancer and other life challenges through summer camping experiences and year-round events and activities.
The organization was founded in 1979 by Gary Mervis, who sought to provide a residential camping experience for his daughter, Teddi Mervis, and 62 other children with cancer in Upstate New York. It since has grown to become one of the largest organizations of its kind in the world, having served over 48,300 campers from 22 states and 36 countries.
This past summer, over 1,500 children, including children with cancer from foreign countries, participated and experienced the magic of Camp Good Days firsthand at the Camp's beautiful Recreational Facility, located on the shores of Keuka Lake. We also continue to provide monthly programming for children and families impacted by cancer and sickle cell anemia.
Each summer, camp offers week-long residential camping programs to children ages eight to seventeen who have faced a cancer or sickle cell anemia diagnosis, children who have a parent or sibling diagnosed with or who has been lost to cancer. Also offered are week-long day camp experiences for children ages four to seven who have faced a cancer or sickle cell anemia diagnosis or who have a parent or sibling diagnosed with or who has been lost to cancer. Camp Good Days' Adult Oncology Programs offer weekend residential camping experiences and year-round recreational programs for adults who have been diagnosed with cancer.
Some of the activities during the 2019 Summer Camping Season included:
• Arts & Crafts
• Music and Drama
• Sports & Games
• Aquatics - swimming, fishing, boating, canoe trips
• Reptile Shows
• Pool Parties
• Monte Carlo Nights/Dances
• Talent Shows
• Drive-In Movies
• Dance Parties
• Scuba Diving
• Cookie Baking
• Professional Painting Classes
• Band and Orchestra Performances
• Visits from Rochester Professional Sports Teams
• Visits from Rochester Area College Sports Teams
These programs give campers the opportunity to heal and cope, build memories they will carry forever, and help keep courage alive during even their most difficult challenges.
All programs and services at Camp Good Days and Special Times are provided to children and their families free of charge. This is made possible by the generous donations from very special individuals and organizations in the community.
On December 3rd, help Camp Good Days ROC the Day!
We focus on: Human Services
Where we are: Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming, Yates
We have a matching grant!
The Camp Good Days Board of Directors has graciously agreed to match dollar for dollar up to $2,500. With that money, we are able to send a full cabin of Teddi's Team (children diagnosed with cancer or sickle cell anemia, ages 8-12) to camp for the summer!
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