Significant Achievements over the Past Twenty-Four Years:
- Total Number of unduplicated HIV/AIDS Impacted Youth served: 5,600 children
- Camp Dreamcatcher has provided 24 camp sessions and 28 weekend retreats to children and families coping with HIV/AIDS
- Provided 35 Reunion Events for HIV/AIDS impacted children and their families
- 960 children have been served through our holiday Adopt-a-Family Program
- 1,100 counselors have attended our HIV/AIDS & Diversity Training
- HIV/AIDS education and outreach has been provided to over 500 schools and community groups, reaching over 20,000 people
- 270 counselors, medical personnel, professionals and community members volunteered at the 2019 camp session.
- THE TOTAL NUMBER OF VOLUNTEER HOURS SINCE INCEPTION IS 240,000!
2019 Camper Evaluation Results:
- Did you feel accepted at camp? Yes 100%
- Did you have fun at camp? Yes 100%
- Do you feel safe at camp? Yes 100%
- Did you feel supported by the staff and volunteers at camp? Yes 100%
- Did you feel there was someone to talk to at camp? Yes 99%
- Is it important to have a place like Camp Dreamcatcher? Yes 99%
- Did you feel like you could ask for help at camp? Yes 96%
- Were you able to talk openly about HIV/AIDS at camp? Yes 96%
- Did you make new friends at camp? Yes 95%
Why Is It Important to Have a Place Like Camp Dreamcatcher?
- “Because it is my second home.”
- “So people with HIV/AIDS can talk to other people with the disease.”
- “Because people need love.”
- “It’s a good place to express feelings I usually can’t.”
- “It’s kind of like I grew up here.”
How Were the Staff and Volunteers Supportive of You?
- “They picked up the broken pieces of me.”
- “They support us emotionally and physically when we are going through issues or anything.”
- “They listen to me and they are always by my side.”
- “They love me.”
What Makes Camp Dreamcatcher Special to You?
- “This is where my family is. This camp is perfect.”
- “I can talk about my illness to friends without them saying “ewww.”
- “We care for each other like a big family would.”
What Other Ways Did You Learn to Deal with Problems/Emotions?
- “Change my negative thoughts and help my spirit to be positive.”
- “If I am angry, cool it down.”
- “Don’t use violence.”
- “Take a deep breath.”
Would You Recommend Camp Dreamcatcher to a Friend?
- “Yes, because it will teach them about HIV/AIDS.”
- “Yes, because it is a beautiful community of open minded and accepting people.”
- “I already did. My friend in cabin D2.”
If you Could Share one Part of Camp Dreamcatcher with the World, What Would It Be?
- “That it is a safe place.”
- “The love we have here.”
- “That you can love people with HIV/AIDS.”
- “That it is a wonderful, lovely and outstanding camp.”
- “Camp Dreamcatcher is the best place to be.”
- “It’s fun. You get to eat every day.”