All children like having fun. That’s why Cincinnati Children’s has created a week-long camp for our patients with cancer, blood diseases and immune disorders.

NjoyItAll Camp is an opportunity for kids ages 7-17 to develop new skills, form lasting friendships and build self-esteem. Perhaps the greatest benefit is the opportunity for children to connect with others who are facing similar challenges.

You may attend Teen Week if you are a patient, age 12-17, or Kids Week if you are a child, age 7-12. You must be a patient who has been seen in the Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute at Cincinnati Children’s two or more times within the past 24 months, or the 5+ Survivorship Clinic once in the past 24 months.

Patients are eligible if they fall under the following diagnosis group:

  • BMT
  • Hematology
  • Hemophilia
  • Leukemia / Lymphoma
  • Neuro Oncology
  • Sickle Cell
  • Solid Tumor
  • Type 2B VWD, Type 3 VWD
  • Vascular

NjoyItAll Camp 2022 Dates

  • Teen Week Age 12-17: Sunday, July 17-Friday, July 22
  • Kid Week Age 7-12: Sunday, July, 24-Friday, July 29

Frequently Asked Questions

COVID-19 REQUIREMENTS TO ATTEND CAMP:

  • COVID-19 vaccine is required before attending camp for all patients, siblings, and staff members.
  • A COVID-19 vaccine is required before attending camp for all patients, siblings, and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center staff members. Participants ages 12+ will be required to have a booster shot five months after their last vaccine, as we will be following the CDC guidance for vaccine requirements.
  • A copy of your child’s vaccination card must be uploaded to their online registration to attend camp.
  • If NOT vaccinated: must have a medical exception from a Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center physician. Any other exception must be submitted at the time of registration and subsequently reviewed for potential approval by the camp medical directors. Religious exceptions will not be approved.
  • Campers will be limited to two parents / guardians at drop-off. Only one parent / guardian will be able to assist the patient through the registration process.
  • Parents / guardians will not be permitted in the cabins.
  • Campers (as well as Cincinnati Children's / Joy staff members and volunteers) will be provided a rapid COVID-19 test upon entering Camp Joy’s campus. Testing will be completed in cars, with a staggered arrival time. Once the result is negative, you will then be approved to unload personal items and/or register campers. If the result is positive, you will not be allowed to attend camp. If you are symptomatic at all prior to attending camp, please do not come. It is encouraged to test at home prior to arriving at camp.
  • Masking is not required outside, but will likely be implemented when campers are indoors. Campers will not be required to wear masks while sleeping or resting on their bunk beds.
  • Please note: Your child’s safety is our top priority. We are doing all we can to reduce a possible COVID-19 exposure, but please know that we cannot control every situation. This policy is subject to change due to COVID-19 constantly evolving along with CDC recommendations.

Registration Information

The Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute’s NjoyItAll Camp is by invitation only. Patients will receive an email from cbdi.camp@cchmc.org with information about registration in February. Follow the instructions to obtain information on registration. Registration will be open for one month.

When Will I Hear Something?

Once your registration is complete, all information will be reviewed by the camp medical team. Reservations will be held based on the date in which registration was submitted. A limited number of spots are available, and once full, applications will no longer be accepted. As of May, 2022, all spots will be secured. You will receive an e-mail after registration is complete confirming your application was received. The Camp Director will be in contact by e-mail to discuss the next steps.

Siblings: Patients can choose to bring a sibling of similar age to camp with them. Sibling information will be included during the registration process.

It is offered for one sibling to attend camp for the week along with the patient. This gives them a chance to spend time with their brother or sister and share in the experience together. When including a sibling for camp, he or she has to be in the same age group as the patient. (For example, if a patient is 14 and the sibling is 11, the sibling would not be able to attend because the age groups are 7-12 and 12-17.)

Is there a cost for NJoyItAll camp?

Through the generous support of the Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute, the Tri-State Bleeding Disorder Foundation and other donors, there is NO COST to attend camp.