Our camp family.

Yep, it is usually hot. Yep, it is a week full of busy days. Yep, it is absolutely worth it! Being a part of the Camp Esperanza family includes rewards beyond a week of fun. Just ask our 25-year veteran counselor Ernie Barker how camp has changed his life and you’ll likely need to pull up a chair. Or speak with one of over 20 former campers now turned counselors and watch their faces light up as they relay story after story. Or chat with any member of the Medical Staff and note how they tear up when they explain how camp benefits their patients.

Camp Esperanza is a family we are especially proud of and we embrace the diversity in every soul that shows up to follow the plan and do the work. Were you a part of our staff or a former camper? Let us know what you have been up to by using the contact form below.

YES SIREE BOB, It’s a ride that’ll change your life!

Ways you can help.

This is where we ask the tough question – “Will you help?” We have 140 kids to send to camp each summer. Your donations go directly to fund summer camp and the teen retreats each year. The cost of providing a one week camping experience for each camper is $500.00. Can you send one kid to camp this summer? Or, perhaps help buy snacks for the kids? How about helping to buy thirst-quenching drinks for our hot summer afternoons out on the ropes course or out on the lake in a canoe?

You’ve read about the kids, you’ve seen photos of the incredible feats these campers accomplish at camp – please support them by making a donation. Every amount small or large will help. Remember, It’s for the Kids!

Your dollars at work.


  • Will buy gummy worms for kids at fishing activity!


  • Will buy yummy snacks for kids at camp!


  • Will buy cold drinks for kids at camp!

3 days at camp!

  • Will send a kid to camp for 3 days!

1 week at camp!

  • Will send a kid to camp for 1 week!

I have watched her grow from the first camp. The best part is knowing you guys have showed her that there is life outside of her cancer. Thank you.

Camper Parent

All through school, I was the kid who knew everyone. I was friends with all the popular kids, but was not really popular myself. I always felt that I was a little bit different, especially since it was hard to hide the physical scars and indications of my treatment. So, while I “fit in”, I did not really feel that I “fit”, except at camp. At camp, I was a rock star. Looking back, we were all rock stars at Camp Esperanza.

Former Camper

I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catchers mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back.
– Maya Angelou