Founded in 2007, Camp Soaring Eagle (CSE) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing the healing power of laughter to seriously ill children by giving them the opportunity to go to medically supervised camps at no cost to the campers and families. According to the 2011/2012 National Survey of Children’s Health, 4.4% (71,119) of Arizona’s children are in poor health, as compared to 3.2% nationally (childhealthdata.org). Their daily activities are limited by their illness and their families are stressed by illness and medical costs (childhealthdata.org).
CSE serves 1,600 children and family members annually. Illness-specific camps are supervised by the Medical Director and staffed by medical volunteers. Children make friends, play sports, fish, ride horses, enjoy arts and crafts, play games, and learn to manage their illnesses. Sibling camp and family retreats support the entire family. Children and parents enjoy sporting events during daytrips. Hospital-based Camp Outreach provides laughter, games, and crafts for children who are in the hospital. Children ages 16 – 17 who have aged out of the camp program become Leaders in Training camp volunteers.
In 2016, the Tony’s Crew Award was for $5,000.
In 2015, the Tony’s Crew Award of $5,000 will partially fund a Camper Weekend Session. Such sessions are “illness specific” providing children with the typical camp activities along with the opportunity to make friends and learn to manage their illness.
In 2014, the TSF Grant Accelerator Award of $5,000 was used to support the Oncology Camper Weekends for children battling serious and life-threatening illnesses.