To be a camper:
Camp UKANDU programs are designed for cancer patients and their siblings between the ages of 8 and 18. We serve patients on and off treatment, and siblings of patients, including those who have passed away. Camp UKANDU is a place with every kid can just be a kid. Camp Ukandu is always free of charge for all campers.
To be a staff volunteer:
One of our primary goals is to provide our programs at no cost to the families we serve. Camp has only one paid employee. The depth and breadth of our volunteers’ backgrounds and experience are the secret to our success. Every summer more than 80 adults (aged 21 or older) travel from near and far to volunteer their time to create our camp magic – many of these volunteers use a week of their vacation time to be at camp. Volunteers can apply as Counselors, program staff, and medical staff. Their efforts continue year round – putting on events, planning activities, serving on committees, stuffing and stamping envelopes and much more.
Our volunteer medical team is largely comprised of doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners and social workers from Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel and Doernbecher Children’s Hospital at OHSU. This team is vital and makes it possible for children currently on treatment to attend Camp UKANDU.
Our Leader in Training (LIT) program is designed for Camp Ukandu “graduates” who want to come back and serve as mentors and inspiration to our campers. These young adults will typically spend two years in our LIT program and then, if they choose, will be eligible to become members of the program or counseling staff (even if not yet quite 21!). The success of this program means that in any given year, 25 to 30 percent of our staff is comprised of former campers. These young leaders bring a very important perspective to our staff and provide campers with tremendous role models and inspiration.