GivingTuesday Now is a new global day of giving and unity that is taking place on May 5, 2020 as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. A number of you have already given to help our families in these extraordinary times, and to you we...
In this time of unprecedented crisis, we are so happy to have a bit of good news to announce: Camp Dreamcatcher is the recipient of a $10,000 grant from the PHL COVID-19 Fund! The fund was created on March 19 as a partnership between the Philadelphia Foundation and...
Camp Dreamcatcher at 25 In 1996, Patty Hillkirk founded Camp Dreamcatcher with the help of a small team of dedicated volunteers. The camp, which is for kids affected by HIV-AIDS, is still going strong and has expanded to year-round offerings. The Chester County Press...
Quotes From the Children Served by Camp Dreamcatcher
“I had somebody I could talk to and learned that I’m always going to be perfect just the way I am. It’s important to have a place like Camp because it gives you a break from what you do at home and gives you surprises. I feel taken care of. I like that we are different colors.”
6 year-old Camper
“I receive love at Camp Dreamcatcher. It is easier to talk about feelings at camp because everyone has them. I don’t think people outside of camp understand.”
12 year-old Camper
““I am the same as my friends at camp because we like to have fun, know someone who is sick with HIV/AIDS. I love the counselors at camp because they help me to play and they give me HOPE I feel so loved and safe at camp.”
7 year-old Camper
“My dad is in jail and I was able to talk about him not being around. I learn that you need to be respectful. Camp Dreamcatcher is a great place because there is no other place like it.”