Hands up who would like to stop pretending they know how to be an adult and would like to spend a week being a child again? Cool probably most of the university audience. I mean, being an adult is hard. Who doesn’t want to be a kid again?
If you love being high energy, doing activities and eating five times a day, then Camp Quality (CQ) is for you! CQ is a camp for children living with cancer. All the campers are between 5 and 13 years old, and they have experienced cancer, either as patients or as siblings of patients. Volunteer companions are always loved and needed, especially males- so if you are a guy or know a great guy suggest they try camp! As a companion, you get a camper buddy to hang out with for a whole week. You do activities with them, encourage them, support them and generally be a friend for an entire hectic week.
My first camp was during January 2018. CQ South is in Queenstown and the view from the camp is just one of many perks. I was partnered with a 10-year-old and had an unbelievably fun week. One of the neatest things about this camp is you don’t get told which campers are patients and which campers are siblings. All the campers are treated as equals and get their own companion to hang out with. My camper was super high energy and wanted to do every single activity! This made for a really tiring week (I swear she had a spare energy reserve somewhere), but also an unreal week of trying new things and having potentially the most fun I’ve had in a long time. Not only do you meet some super cool kiddos, the other companions are great people too. Having a team of caring people to share your experience with makes it so much better. I went on Camp already knowing a couple of the companions, but by the end of the week had developed friendships with so many new people, and it’s nice being able to share the funny and sweet things you forget about hanging out with children.
CQ is an awesome way to have a fun summer experience with a bit of an extra meaning. For most of the children, cancer has absorbed a huge amount of their time and their parents’ time. I’m sure you all know enough to know cancer sucks, but this camp means so much to the children and their families. Not only do you get to do all kinds of amazing activities, you also get to make a child’s summer a bit more awesome in the process. Warm fuzzies for the win.
If you want to know a bit more, here’s the link: https://www.campquality.org.nz/get-involved/volunteer/
Start 2019 in a different way, try Camp Quality.