Camps & retreats

Until there's a cure...there's camp. 

  • Camp Heart Connection Oncology Camp

    June 9-15, 2019


    A week of summer camp is something every child should be able to experience. Oncology Camp allows for children who are on or off treatment to attend a week full of typical summer camp activities and so much more. Worried that your child won’t fit in? Campers who have attended before demonstrate that all campers understand the childhood cancer journey. In fact, survivors are often inspiration for kids who are newly diagnosed. Our staff is trained to be sensitive and supportive to all campers, and medical professionals are on site 24/7 to meet medical needs. Best of all, Oncology Camp is free to attend.

  • Camp Heart Connection Sibling Camp

    August 11-17, 2019


    Siblings are typically not the center of attention when it comes to childhood cancer, but they still carry the scars of cancer inside. Our Sibling Camp, one of the few in the nation, allows for siblings to experience a week they can call their own. It’s a place where they can reconcile their emotions and meet others who’ve lost a sister or brother to cancer. No matter the treatment outcome of their sibling, this week is theirs and free to attend.

  • Swim & Ski Weekend

    Children and teens get to travel in a charter bus to Dubuque, Iowa, with different pick-up stops along the way. A winter weekend getaway that has become a Children’s Cancer Connection tradition where friends meet up or new friends are made. Swimming and skiing are only a small part of the fun. Board games, bowling, and dodge ball are other activities that happen during these three days of fun. This weekend is for ages 8-18.

    *Register on our Event Calendar*

  • Family Camps

    Des Moines Family Camp: May 3-5, 2019
    Eastern Iowa Family Camp: Fall 2019

    Since Children's Cancer Connection is about the entire family, what better way to spend a weekend than at Family Camp? We provide an opportunity for the entire family to experience the joys of camp and connect with other families experiencing a similar journey. It is the perfect place for the youngest campers to see what camp is all about before attending on their own.

    *Register on our Event Calendar*

  • Day Camp

    Quad Cities: June 24-25, 2019
    Waterloo: June 26-28, 2019
    Des Moines: July 8-12, 2019 (REGISTRATION CLOSED)
    Des Moines: July 15-19, 2019

    Camp Heart Connection Day Camp is an opportunity for children diagnosed with cancer and their siblings ages 5-12 to spend a week with us doing crafts, playing games and having fun. This is a chance for parents to have a small respite and for kids to connect with others who understand what they are going through.




For information about camps and retreats, please contact us at or 515-243-6239.