This year Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times is celebrating its 35th anniversary. Established in 1982, the camp has provided a normalize environment in which children fighting cancer and their families can experience camping, fun, and friendships.

Camp surrounds families with an environment of mutual support that encourages sharing between others who are going through the same experience. Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times’ goals is to alleviate stress and anxiety while improving coping skills for the patients, their siblings, and parents. Most significantly, recent research has shown that critically ill children and their siblings cope better with medical trauma through play. The camp’s programs also do this for parents, who often experience higher levels of traumatic stress than the patient or siblings.

Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times Highlights

In 2016, Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times served 1,636 campers during 12 sessions. It operated with 1,258 volunteers who gave 49,827 volunteer hours. Since 1982, the camp has served more than 43,000 campers. This was made possible through volunteers who donated more than 45,000 volunteer hours annually. Most important, through Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times, countless bonds of friendships were created among campers, staff, and volunteers.

On August 26, 2017, Camp will celebrate its 35th anniversary with a fun-filled day. The celebration includes a BBQ lunch, camp activities, and a limited edition 35th anniversary tee shirt.  All volunteers, camp families, alumni, former board, volunteers, donors, and staff are welcome to attend. For more information on this celebration, contact Shannon Edwards at 310.268.8488 ext. 182.

Barco’s Nightingales Foundation congratulates Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times on its 35 years of service to the most vulnerable of our community. We are proud to be partners with Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times and continue to support their important work.

~Michael and Frida Donner