RMC is a place where children with cancer, and their siblings, can enjoy just being kids. It's a week of fun and friendship, and freedom from being different. It's a chance to experience new activities and acquire new skills in a supportive, nurturing environment. It's a time when kids can talk openly about cancer and everybody else understands.
Our more than 100 volunteer staff are a diverse group of caring people who are all age 20 or older, with a median age of 35. Approximately 20% of our staff are former campers themselves. We also bring a full team of medical and psychosocial staff from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. All staff are positive adult role models who are passionate about carrying out our camp mission and in recent years our staff return rate has been over 75%. Our camper to counselor ratio is about 3-1, and we are able to provide a smaller ratio and one-on-one assistance for campers when appropriate. This means parents feel secure knowing that their children are in good hands, and campers get a taste of independence to explore, grow and challenge themselves in a safe, medically supervised environment filled with encouragement, fun and peer friendship.
How was Camp Started?
When Dr. Audrey Evans, co-founder of the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House, established Ronald McDonald Camp in 1986, she envisioned a magical place where children, despite illness, could live their dream of enjoying summer camp. Today, camp fulfills that vision by providing children and their siblings with one of the best weeks of their year filled with joy, laughter, and the creation of life-long friendships and memories.