Summer camp for children with cancer needs volunteers

Summer camp for children with cancer needs volunteers

Camp Quality in Bald Knob will host 39 campers June 13-19.

Those campers include both children with cancer and their siblings.

Camp Quality promotes hope and inspiration while helping children foster life skills and develop to their full potential.

The children are paired up with camp companions for the week.

"We need about 18 male companions right now," Nick Hankins said. "Men are always hard to find. We always have a lot of women."

The need for males 18 years and older is great.  The camp also needs a few more certified lifeguards and a couple registered nurses.

Campers often choose to come back to the camp as adult volunteers.

"I was diagnosed at 10 with osteosarcoma," Hankins said. "It's a bone cancer and went through treatment for about a year and a half."

He and his wife, Shay, have worked as volunteers for many years.

"I was probably 13 or 14 when I started going to camp," he said.

Now the couple is expecting their first child and can't imagine not being a part of Camp Quality.

The non-profit camp is now in its 27th year of operation and is one of 15 such camps around the United States.

Volunteer training is planned for May 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Donations can be made to their website: or Facebook page, and by mail to 199 Powderfork Rd, Bald Knob, Arkansas 72010.

For more information about attending Camp Quality, contact Director Chris Jennings at 870-931-2844. 

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