Camp Simcha is an oasis of fun, friendship, love, and hope for children living with cancer and other blood-related illnesses.
Located on the 125-acre Jack and Moishe Horn Campus in Glen Spey, New York, Camp Simcha offers children and teens, ages 5 – 20, the chance to forget about illness and concentrate on being normal. They can share their hopes, fears and triumphs with friends, or just forget about illness for a while. Campers are lavished with love in a positive environment that imbues them with the confidence and fortitude they need to navigate the forthcoming year\'s trials.
Every day brings something new and exciting for campers. Campers enjoy traditional camp activities, including mini-golf, pottery, crafts workshops, modified sports, color war, and talent shows. There’s also an on-site arcade, computer-games center, library, and screening room. The magnificent pool with innovative ramp and water-submersible wheelchairs means that every child can go swimming. Our waterfront boasts the Chai Seas motorboat, a pontoon boat capable of holding an entire bunk, including wheelchair-dependent children, paddle and bumper boats. And don’t forget the special events: helicopter rides, concerts, and interactive games and shows.
• Medical program supervised by:
Peter Steinherz, MD
Member & Attending Pediatrician
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Professor of Pediatrics
Weill Medical College of Cornell University
• Health Center on-site staffed by oncologists, pediatric oncology nurses, EMTs, social worker and physical therapist.
• An acute transport ambulance is on-site at all times, and accompanies campers on any trips. A Medevac helicopter is on call, and can
reach camp within five minutes.
Our staff is legendary. Applicants are carefully screened, and staff members carefully trained and matched to campers. A staff to camper ratio of 2:1 assures that children receive the personal attention they need to thrive. Best of all, our staff makes sure that the wonder of camp never ends: they maintain ongoing relationships with campers throughout the year as Big Brothers and Big Sisters. As one counselor said, “Becoming a Camp Simcha counselor means being a friend for life.”