Who We Are
Each summer, 430 seriously ill children are treated to an unforgettable, medically supervised overnight camp experience at Camp Simcha, for children battling cancer and other blood disorders, or Camp Simcha Special, for children with chronic illnesses. At these, the only kosher overnight camps for sick kids and teens, campers trade hospital rooms and doctors’ offices for summers of fun and friendship that builds confidence and courage to persevere through adversity.
Every day packs in a full 24 hours of amazing, fun-filled activities led by trained volunteer counselors whose specialty is showering children with love and fostering bonds that stand the test of time. The program is a mixture of adapted traditional camp activities and special events, including talent shows, concerts, helicopter and motorcycle rides that make every hour super-special. It all takes place at our magnificent campground in Glen Spey, NY, where every building is climate-controlled and the entire facility, including the waterfront and swimming center, is handicapped-accessible.
And because we know that caring for a sick child is expensive, both Camp Simcha and Camp Simcha Special are tuition-free. Chai Lifeline even pays for transportation from the child’s home city.