Camp John Marc
Few camps existed in the '70s and '80s that provided the attention and resources needed to care for children with long-term medical conditions or physical challenges...
- 1984: Anonymous donor of 1 million dollars begins detailing plans
- 1987: "Special Camps for Special Kids" was incorporated
- John Marc Myers, a cancer patient, died at the age of nine; his parents donated 135 acres of their own Old Sundown ranch to the organization in honor of their son
- 1989: Name officially changed to "Camp John Marc Myers"
The video follows the Park family's adventures at Camp John Marc.
A more detailed list of activities (shown below) offered at CJM can be accessed at
Come Join the Summer Fun!
- The summer is a perfect time to enjoy all of the activities the camp offers; two-thirds of the yearly attendees come during this time of year
- Families pay $200 for an eight week stay, per attendee
- Each year, CJM hosts a picnic for campers and their families
Can't Make it Out? Not a Problem!
Twice a month, volunteers and staff lead a Happy Camper program at Cook Children’s Hospital, which brings camp activities into hospital settings for patient convenience and enjoyment!
Every Child's Safety Matters
- Staff and volunteers are extensively trained to prevent hazards
- CJM regularly undergoes mock emergency scenarios to prepare for all situations
- Children are divided into more individualized sub-camps to compliment physical disadvantages
- Campers are welcomed with a safety orientation each upcoming week
- All campers are accompanied by personal teams consisting of their primary caregiver and other medical personnel who are familiar with their condition
"I love camp so much because I feel like I can finally fit in. Everyone id like me and everyone is nice. Everyone helps me and I love it! I made many new friends and I am so excited that I get to go back." - Rebecca
"At camp, you don't see a diagnosis; you see a child... I'm thankful for the impact camp has had on my life, and I know I'm a better physician for it." - Zak
"It wasn't until I had the opportunity to go to camp that I realized how many people have gone through the things that I have gone through in my life." - Madelyn