Camp Soaring Eagle provides year round, medically supervised, camping programs to children and family members from across Arizona with chronic and life threatening illnesses. We conduct six different types of camping programs: Illness Specific Camping Weekends, Illness Specific Family Retreats, Sibling Camper Weekends, Summer Camp Program, Camp Outreach and Veterans’ Children Weekends.
Illness Specific Camper Weekends
Throughout the year we host illness-specific camper weekends where children with similar conditions are brought together for a weekend that builds their courage, instills hope and promotes joy. Campers are able to experience the magic that is camp while remaining under the watchful eye of our 24 hour medical team. Campers travel by motor coach to Camp Soaring Eagle, located on 26 acres just outside of Sedona. While at camp, the children enjoy horseback riding, fishing, crafts, music, archery, and most importantly discovering in the process that they can do more than they ever thought possible.
Illness Specific Family Retreats
When a child is diagnosed with a serious illness, it directly affects the entire family. At Family Retreat Weekends, siblings and parents can share their feelings openly and honestly with other families going through the same kind of medical crisis while coming together to enjoy a much needed break.
Sibling Camper Weekends
The Sibling Camper Weekend lets well children within the family get away from their chaotic surroundings, make friends and hang out with other kids who are also trying to cope with a sick sibling. They feel special for the weekend having the chance to simply laugh and play.
Summer Camp Program
The Summer Camp program is a transformational week where children ages 6-15 come together to create life-long bonds with children like themselves with similar medical conditions. This week long camp adventure is a unique opportunity for our campers to truly spread their wings as they foster a sense of pride and accomplishment and gain freedom from their illness.
In partnership with Cardon Children’s Medical Center, Banner Thunderbird Medical Center, Phoenix Children’s Hospital and other medical facilities, Camp Outreach brings the playful spirit of camp to children experiencing long-term hospital stays for treatment or therapy. Throughout the year campers and families join us for sporting events, theatrical entertainment, and other fun group activities to maintain the friendships started at camp.
Veterans’ Children Weekend
The Veterans’ Kids Camper Weekend gives kids on the home front a few days to relax, get things off their chest, and blow off some steam. We honor our Arizona soldiers who are sacrificing for their country by serving the children they leave behind.
Camp Soaring Eagle Celebrates 7th Anniversary
And Closes on a 26-Acre Camp Location
We are excited to announce that we have closed on a new camp property in Cornville, AZ. For the past six years, we have been running our programs out of Jackpot Ranch in Camp Verde and the Briar Patch Inn in Sedona. Having our own, permanent, camp location will allow us to offer even more services and provide a local camp experience year-round. The new space will expand the programs – accommodating up to 80 campers at a time where Jackpot Ranch was limited to only 25 kids per session – and help us reach our 2014 goal of serving more than 1,600 campers. We will welcome our first set of campers to the new camp location this October.
“The new camp will allow us to bring hope to even more children as we help them get away from the everyday pressures of their illness and medical treatments and let them just be kids,” said Juan Morales, Camp Soaring Eagle Executive Director of Camp Operations. “Some of our campers do have obvious signs of their illnesses, they have physical scars, but the thing we don’t see are the emotional scars they have deep inside. Those hurts are what we address at Camp.”
Depending on the program, campers enjoy a wide range of activities such as horseback riding, fishing, archery and crafts. Each event is specifically tailored to the child’s individual needs and medical restrictions. Campers are usually referred to Camp Soaring Eagle from their pediatricians and medical professionals volunteer each weekend to provide the highest level of safety and care.
“Camp is a great adventure, something healthy kids look forward to and a place they can experience new things and make new friends,” said Morales. “Unfortunately for children suffering from serious illnesses, their medical conditions make a traditional camp experience out of the question, and that’s where Camp Soaring Eagle comes in.”
Our illness-specific programs are geared towards campers and families facing a variety of illnesses such as: blood disorders, cancer, bowel diseases, respiratory diseases and type 1 diabetes. Camp Soaring Eagle gives children a chance to interact with peers facing the same battles and a place where they don’t have to feel alone or different anymore.