It’s a Magical Place

It's for the Kids!

Camp John Marc has hosted Camp Esperanza for almost 25 years, providing us with an incredibly beautiful place to play, learn and grow. The facility provides wheelchair accessibility throughout the grounds, a brand new medical building with all the bells and whistles and a top-notch staff that works super hard year round to ensure all camps are safe, fun and convenient. You’ll also find a dining hall large enough for every kid, counselor and Camp John Marc staff to enjoy three meals a day together. There are pathways to help campers’ transitions from building to building with ease and of course, there’s ice-cold air conditioning.

But let’s admit it, the kids aren’t interested in those things. Here’s what they’ll be jazzed about.

  • The fishing pier and lake. One of the coolest places at camp. Many kids have caught their first fish here.
  • A boat dock complete with canoes, kayaks and hand paddle boats.
  • A swimming pool with a beach entry, waterfall and creek that feeds into the pool. You’d be surprised how many kids learn to swim at Camp Esperanza.
  • The Silo, which houses big groups for skits and parties. You’ll also find a darkroom for photography, a science and nature room and a fantastic kitchen for cooking classes (fresh cookies are most always baking in the oven here). The Silo also serves as a climbing tower during rainy weather.
  • An Arts and Crafts and Pottery building for exploring painting, any craft imaginable, pottery and so much more.
  • A state of the art challenge course which provides numerous climbing challenges and a zip line. Everyone loves to shout “ON ZIP” just before flying through the sky.
  • A horse arena where campers get to experience a different view of camp – one from atop a horse!
  • The recreation barn which houses a full size basketball court and serves other functions from sports to dances to evening activities.
  • There’s an athletic field and sand volley ball court.
  • A super shady and breezy archery range for target shooting.
  • 170 acres of wilderness for nature activities and scavenger hunts.
  • Cook-out sites including covered wagons, tree houses and hammocks.
  • A stargazing platform for spotting ‘Orion’, The Hunter – the stars are vibrant over the camp at night.
  • 20 air conditioned camp cabins which each house 14 campers and 6 counselors.
  • Staff and family lodges.

Clearly, Camp John Marc provides everything needed to make our job easier and the kids’ experience, amazing. It really is a magical place.

Not only is Camp John Marc a beautiful place, magic actually happens here. Kids with cancer rise above their disease through encouragement and achievement while counselors embrace the true meaning of giving. All while deer and rabbit graze quietly in a distant meadow.