For the last 35 years, Children’s Oncology Services, Inc., and its One Step Programs have provided a home away from home at George Williams College/Aurora University. It’s been the setting for life-long friendships, treasured memories and unforgettable moments of joy and laughter for thousands of campers and volunteers.
As our organization has grown, so has the need for a camp facility that can fully accommodate that growth. We have enjoyed a wonderful partnership with Aurora University over the years, but have now reached our capacity for campers and volunteers at this facility. We would like to thank everyone at Aurora University for their support and hospitality during our years there.
Our vision continues to focus on bringing more kids to One Step Programs, and it is with great pleasure to announce we reached an agreement with Conference Point Center, which is located in Williams Bay, Wisconsin, 1-1/2 miles east of George Williams College/Aurora University Campus, off of Highway 67, and is located at the east end of Williams Bay on Lake Geneva. Conference Point will be the new site of many of our programs beginning with Summer Camp 2014.
Conference Point offers the space and facilities for us to continue providing the unique and meaningful experience for our campers and volunteers. True to our mission, we will continue to provide campers with a diversion from their illnesses and the chance to feel “normal” again, through activities that focus on what campers can do, and not what limitations they may have. They will be surrounded by friendship and unconditional acce ptance from those who understand. Each year campers tell us they "live for camp” because of the memories that comfort them when times are hard, and that camp connects them with friends to rely on year-round. A move to Conference Point will allow more campers to experience what makes One Step Programs special.
Conference Point is located on a 21-acre peninsula on the east side of Lake Geneva. It offers a more rustic and authentic camp setting, while still providing the facilities that are necessary for our campers. Most importantly, the move to Conference Point allows us to better fulfill our mission of bringing more kids to camp in the future.
Many campers and volunteers have faced challenges due to school calendars, which finish much later in June. As we work to ensure our campers have the best opportunity to experience Summer Camp, the dates for Summer Camp 2014 will be July 5th through July 19th. The first week will take place from July 5th through July 12th and the second week will take place from July 12th through July 19th.
More information related to the move will be coming in the next few weeks. In the meantime, we look forward to seeing and serving you at future One Step Programs.
1. Why is One Step making this change?
o Our mission is to serve children who are cancer survivors or are currently in treatment. As part of that mission, our goal is to bring the unique One Step Camp experience to more children who are impacted by cancer. Due to our organization’s steady growth over the last 35 years, we’ve now reached our maximum participation level at Aurora University and a move to Conference Point will allow us to bring more children to camp.
2. What is the housing like at Conference Point?
o Conference Point is a more rustic setting that provides an authentic summer camp environment, while still providing the support and facilities that our campers and staff rely on. We believe that Conference Point will deliver an experience that aligns better with our mission.
3. Will campers have the same activities?
o We expect that many activities will stay the same, but the move to Conference Point will allow us some flexibility to change or modify certain activities. If there are any potential programming changes, they will be finalized and communicated as we get closer to camp.
4. Will it cost less to send each kid to camp?
o The cost to send a child to camp will remain the same. Suggested tuition fees will also remain the same and we will continue to waive those fees for anyone in need.
5. Will Winter Camp still be at George Williams College/Aurora University this year?
o This year we will have Winter Camp at Aurora University and starting in 2014, Winter Camp will take place at Conference Point.
6. What programs will be held at Conference Point in 2014?
o Summer Camp, Sibling Camp, Family Camp and Winter Camp.
7. Why were the dates changed to July?
o There are campers and volunteers who are affected by school calendars which finish much later in June. This has affected camper attendance during the first week of camp. Additionally, moving to July will provide warmer water for lake activities, Boat Day and will bring camp back to its original dates.
8. Conference Point makes a number of statements on their website relating to their faith beliefs and camp expectations, how will that affect us?
o It is true that Conference Point is a faith-based organization and programs that it runs will continue to follow their curriculum. Conference Point does not expect its partner organizations, like One Step programs, to adopt its values and beliefs. It is very important to note that both organizations are very well aligned when it comes to providing a positive and fun environment, developing life-long friendships, creating memories that last a lifetime and delivering an incredible experience for campers and volunteers who come to Conference Point.
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