The COVID-19 pandemic cast many clouds on Camp Rainbow Gold’s programs in 2020. Every step of the way, we consulted with doctors and medical administrators concerning our immediate decisions and long-reaching effects on our camps. We made the difficult decision to host 2020 summer programs via virtual experiences and online connections, but this was only a temporary fix. Our campers are experts in quarantining and desperately need face-to-face camp connections.
Planning Many Steps Ahead
With our medically fragile campers, we needed to plan to maintain physical distances, meet in smaller groups, and have smaller camps in 2021. But we found an incredible opportunity and hope in our new property at Hidden Paradise
Our architectural team remodeled the existing lodge and kitchen and many of the cabins. A new, smaller budget of $3.2 million included the necessary infrastructure, design, permitting fees, and remodeling to get camp up and running as soon as possible. With this plan, we welcomed children and families back to camp this July where they could focus on hope, healing, and having fun.
We’re Dedicated to Our Mission
We have been serving Idaho children battling cancer for 37 years. We see our property at Hidden Paradise as an opportunity and this immediate remodel was absolutely essential to keep our programs going.
But our larger vision to create this idyllic camp has not changed. We simply reprioritized some of the renovations to quickly accommodate small groups and start utilizing the property this year.
We need to offer Camp Rainbow Gold campers and families a safe, welcome escape from isolation and an opportunity to renew and recharge. Considering the potentially long-lasting repercussions of the pandemic, these kids need camp more than ever.