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If you think about it, kids with cancer are already experts when it comes to quarantining and ongoing health scares. So, in the fall of 2020 with a virtual camp under our belts and COVID-19 still at the forefront, the doctors and nurses of Camp Rainbow Gold’s medical team challenged the children’s cancer organization to figure out a way to host face-to-face camps for summer 2021. And we got to work.
Work may be the understatement of the year. In less than a year, and with the help of an army of supporters and donors, Camp Rainbow Gold pulled off a renovation that would make Extreme Home Makeover fans open their mouths in awe. In 2019, Camp Rainbow Gold purchased 172 acres outside of Fairfield; a former golf course with 26 buildings on site (most of them shuttered since 2015).
During the pandemic, the nonprofit organization rallied supporters, donors, and volunteers and completely remodeled more than 14 buildings — new roofs, exterior painting, log chinking, staining, ADA bathrooms in some, all new flooring, window coverings, and paint. In addition to the buildings, miles of fencing around the ponds, replacing a pool and spa with a new outdoor eating area, a wheelchair accessible ropes course, bicycle trails, culverts for the creek and a whole lot of repairs.
We did it! We held our very first camps at Hidden Paradise, and to be honest, we feel like we pulled off a miracle. Our camps were smaller this year and a bit different with COVID still looming, but large amounts of fun, hope, and love were lavished on these kids. You should have seen the Campers’ faces when they walked into newly remodeled cabins with bathrooms and new bunk beds.
And there’s nothing better than watching them taking part in archery, horseback riding, bike riding, a ropes course, and paddle boating. Of course, you can’t forget the singing of silly songs, cabin raiding, water fights, and dances that make Camp Rainbow Gold so magical. And all of it so much sweeter as we settle into our new home at Hidden Paradise.