Each summer, 430 seriously ill children are treated to an unforgettable, medically supervised overnight camp experience at Camp Simcha, for children battling cancer and other blood disorders. At this kosher overnight camp for sick kids and teens, campers trade hospital rooms and doctors’ offices for summers of fun and friendship that builds confidence and courage to persevere through adversity.

Our mission is to bring childhood back to children who lost it when they were diagnosed. To do that, we mix the best of camp activities – sports, arts and crafts, swimming and boating, camp shows, special events and activities – with the leadership of trained and compassionate counselors who specialize in keeping campers laughing from early morning to late at night.

Each camper has his or her own counselor, a guide and friend who ensures that every minute of camp life exceeds expectations. Our specialists ensure that children can follow their interests and hone their talents in arts and crafts, music, adaptive sports, dramatics, or a host of other activities.

We accept campers in all phases of treatment, including post-treatment. The camp’s medical and administrative staffs, experts in caring for seriously ill children, ensure that the highest standards of health and safety are always met. Camp Simcha is fully kosher, and special diets and feeding routines are accommodated.

Camp Simcha is located on a beautiful, 125-acre campus in New York’s scenic Catskill Mountains.

For more information about Camp Simcha, visit their website here. 

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Come to an environment where he or she is no longer “that kid with cancer.” By normalizing illness, we give children the chance to be kids again, to enjoy themselves, to make friends, to forget about illness or to talk about it with the only people who will truly understand them.


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“Coming to Camp Simcha was simply the best decision I ever made.” – Joey

Our Donald Berman Chai Lifeline Canada Montreal division is a: Bénéficiaire de la Fédération Appel juif unifié/A beneficiary of Federation Combined Jewish Appeal