Camp Hope 2020

Camp HOPE Campers & Volunteers Register here for 2020


"I started supporting Camp HOPE, because I wanted to help the St. Jude patients and their families. Camp HOPE is for ANY cancer or blood disorder patients throughout Illinois and the surrounding states."
- Julie Moore

Camp HOPE is 5 days long overnight camp. At Camp HOPE, parents drop off their kids in the arms of doctors, nurses and staff that care for these types of patients in the hospital every day. This action-packed week is filled with amazing activities, fellowship, food, education and so much more!

Who can attend?

Any cancer or blood disorder patients throughout Illinois and the surrounding states and one sibling ages 6-16 years old are invited.  If you are a former camper over the age of 16 and you are interested in leadership training, we have a program for you too.  Our LIT (Leader in Training) is a great opportunity for former campers age 17-19.  Participants in the LIT program will receive group leadership training and one-on-one mentoring.  Our LIT’s will have the opportunity to practice these skills working alongside counselors or program staff in our summer camp program.


What do we do at Camp HOPE?

The better question is, “what don’t we do at camp!!”    We will do all of the fun things you expect at camp such as boating, fishing, swimming, zip line, challenge course, target sports, cooking, singing, dancing crafts, horseback riding, and much, much, more.  We mix that with a lot of special visitors and special events that add up to a week full of craziness!


How do I get signed up for Camp HOPE?

If you would like to attend Camp HOPE, just click on the register now button below and get started.  Please note, if you are a sibling of a patient you will automatically be prompted to sign up for the waiting list as we will accept siblings of the youngest patients with higher priority. We hope to include all siblings but space for our camp is limited to 150 camper.  When prompted to do so, please fill out your full registration form as soon as possible to ensure a spot for your camper.  Please, Note-If prompted to pay a fee, just “decline payment” as this is built into the system.


I'm interested in volunteering at Camp HOPE!

Contact our Camp Hope Director Shelley Lee for information on volunteering at 



For 7 years, The Dax Foundation has given over $430,000 to send patients and their siblings to Camp Hope. Your support of our mission is greatly appreciated and creates lasting memories for many families. I believe these lasting memories are a very important part of the healing process for the whole family. 


“Dax Foundation Awarded $20,000 Grant on Behalf of Northwestern Mutual Financial Professional, Josh Waite.”


Want to help?!

Camp Hope is run solely on donations and volunteers! We need a villiage and all donations are greatly appreciated! Below are some ideas for fundraisers you could do.

*Facebook Fundraiser- Encourage your followers to help you raise enough to sponsor a Camp HOpe Camper for your birthday, Christmas present or a special occasion. One camper costs $500! When you create your fundraiser, make sure to chose

"Dax Locke Foundation" as your non-for-profit.

*Video Game Tournament- Run a local e-sports tournament. Video gaming is a rapidly growing industry with many opportunities to give back. Visit for a suggested guide for organizing a local tournament.

*Host HOPE WEEK in your school or business- Have fun challenges, dress up days, bakes sales, sport events, raffle baskets to encourage donations and spread awareness about Camp Hope!

*Turn your hobby into a cause- Squating tournment, indoor rock climbing competion, dead lifiting tournament,bake sale, pasta dinner, yard sale, lemonade stand, BE CREATIVE!


~PLEASE make checks payable to the DAX FOUNDATION. Thank you!  

Camp HOPE 2018

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