Camp Ed Bear is held the first Friday through Sunday of June each year at Camp Carl in Ravenna each year for our oncology/hematology patients through Akron Children’s Hospital and is three days of pure fun for all of the children. The facility is beautiful and offers the children a heated pool, a zip line, horseback riding and much more. It is run by the staff of Akron Children’s Hospital and paid for by Project Ed Bear.
On Friday Night each year the children are treated to an ice cream party and served by many of the oncologist that work at the hospital. This is a great way to interact with their doctors in a fun setting instead of the clinical one that they are used to. On Saturday the day starts with Pancakes from Chris Cake, a fun tradition where the children “catch” their pancakes that they eat. It is as much fun for our adult Camp Counselors and Staff as it is for the children. Saturday is filled with many activities such as horseback riding, zip line, photo booth fun, canoeing, crafting, a huge group of blow up jumpers and bouncers for all ages, laser tag and everyone’s favorite SWIMMING. The night ends with a dance with music provided by a DJ and a movie playing in another part of camp for anyone that would prefer that. Sunday the children attend an awards ceremony where everyone is recognized. It is a great experience for the children and they look forward to attending every year.
In 2011 Project Ed Bear presented Akron Children’s Hospital with a $50,000 endowment through their Foundation for Camp Ed Bear. We add to this endowment each year and our goal is to reach $300,000 which will create a self sustaining fund for Camp Ed Bear.