Camp Bluebird is a three-day, two-night camp for cancer patients and survivors ages 18 and older, sponsored by St. Dominic’s Cancer Center. Camp is for anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer whether under treatment, just finished treatment, or cancer free for years.
Camp Bluebird is a nationwide organization. There are currently three other camps in Mississippi located in Hattiesburg, Tupelo, and Ocean Springs. St. Dominic’s is the first to sponsor a Camp Bluebird in the central Mississippi area. Two camps are offered each year, one in early summer and the second in fall.
The weekend offers a time for listening and learning. It is designed to help reduce the isolation felt by many cancer patients. It is a time for being with friends, and a time for caring and sharing. Activities are provided for the entire weekend and campers take time to share with one another. Campers can help each other through this difficult time.
Campers gain a better understanding of their non-medical needs and learn coping strategies from others that have made life-style adjustments through living with cancer. Camp Bluebird offers creative outlets through recreational activities, music, singing, dancing, games, and arts and crafts. Campers and volunteers alike receive a full dose of fellowship, fun and much, much more.
St. Dominic’s Cancer Center is proud to sponsor this not-for-profit program to enrich the lives of cancer survivors. All meals, snacks and lodging are provided. Accommodations are dorm-like and Camp Bluebird can accept only a limited number of campers, so, if you are interested, apply early.
If you have questions or need an application to be sent to you, please contact Peggy Stansell, Camp Bluebird Coordinator at (601) 200-3070.