At Little Red Door, our mission is to make the most of life and the least of cancer. We provide 26+ year-round activities designed for youth at any stage of their cancer journey through family picnics, virtual activities, a week-long summer day camp, family weekends, and a week-long camping experience at Bradford Woods.
Address: 1801 N Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN 46202
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (317) 616-3630
Gender of Campers: All
Special Needs Offered: Pediatric Cancer Patients and Survivors
Dates: Varies by Camp Program
Hours: Varies by Camp Program
Ages: Varies by Camp Program
Activities: Monthly Virtual Activities, Family Picnics, week-long day camp, week-long residential camp, family camp weekend.
What makes your camp unique?
At Little Red Door, our mission is to make the most of life and the least of cancer – for people of all ages. Any child who is in cancer treatment or beyond is eligible to participate in Little Red Door’s youth services and programming, as well as their siblings/a friend. All of our camps and programming are offered at no cost and have medical professionals present at all times.
What activities are offered at your camp?
Our monthly activities provide a variety of exciting activities throughout the year, including fitness, cooking, arts and crafts, and much more!
Our open-house style family picnics provide organized outdoors fun with games, food and crafts! At our picnics, your family will be able to connect with other pediatric oncology families from all over the state.
Camp LRD In the City is a week of fun and adventure in Indianapolis! Each day, we partner with other community organizations to create a unique and exciting experience for your kiddos!
Camp LRD at Bradford Woods provides your kiddos with a week-long residential camp experience, engaging them in swimming, zip-lining, tower climbing, and so much more!
Family Camp Weekend is a weekend camping getaway for the whole family to experience a little bit of summer camp together! Everyone will get to try out archery, hiking, and even more.
What is the camper-to-counselor ratio?
Camp LRD In the City: 3 campers to every 1 staff
Camp LRD at Bradford Woods: 5 campers to every 1 staff
How much time do the campers spend outside?
Family Picnics: up to 4 hours, depending on family’s desire of time to be in attendance at the event
Camp LRD In the City: 2-5 hours each day
Camp LRD at Bradford Woods: up to 8 hours daily
Family Camp Weekend: up to 8 hours daily at the family’s preference
Does the camp provide lunch/snacks or do parents need to provide them?
Meals and snacks are provided at all in-person camp events and programs.
What is the typical daily schedule for campers?
Daily schedules vary by camp.
Camp LRD In the City:
730am – 9am: Drop off, Breakfast, individual activities
9am – 1130am: Transportation to community partner and/or morning activities
1130am – 1230pm: Lunch and relaxation
1230pm – 3pm: Afternoon Activities with Community Partners and/or transportation back to LRD office
330pm – 5pm: Pickup, activities of choice by campers
**Snacks allowed when requested or by parent’s schedule
Camp LRD at Bradford Woods:
7:30 – 8am: Wake up and Breakfast
8:45 – 10am: Activity 1 (Pool, Soccer, Music, etc)
10:15 – 11:30: Activity 2 (Horseback riding, Ultimate Frisbee, etc)
11:45 – 12:45pm: Lunch
1pm – 2pm: Cabin Time
2:00 – 3:15pm: Activity 3 (Horseback riding, Beach Volleyball, etc)
3:30 – 4:45pm: Activity 4 (Climbing Tower, Ziplining, Scuba diving, etc)
5pm – 6pm: Dinner
6:15 – 7:15pm: Activity 5 (Campout, Jello Wars)
How old are the counselors and how are they trained?
Camp LRD In the City: All staff are over the age of 25
Camp LRD at Bradford Woods: All staff are over the age of 18
What accommodations are made for campers with special needs?
Accommodations are made based on each individual camper, with recommendations from each campers parent/legal guardian and/or physician and consultation with our own medical team.
Is this an overnight camp?
Overnight Camp Questions
What does the camper’s living situation look like?
Camp LRD at Bradford Woods: Campers stay in cabins assigned by age. Beds include single beds, as well as bunk beds. All cabins are accessible.
How do parents and campers communicate?
Parents and campers can communicate via letters, emails sent through staff, and phone calls as needed. Parents are able to communicate with camp staff, as well as LRD staff, at any time.
How does your camp handle homesickness?
If any camper does experience homesickness, the campers Cabin Life Coordinator is more than happy to send letters back and forth to home via email. Our camps staff are trained in de-escalation and redirection techniques if the camper is feeling emotional.
What are the meals like at camp?
Day Camp: Each day of day camp is catered by a local restaurant partner. We have snacks available to all campers throughout the day, consisting of fruit, granola bars, etc. Breakfast is typically a yogurt or cereal bar for the campers to choose from.
Overnight Camp at Bradford Woods: Family style in the dining hall, campers eat with their cabins. Food is exactly what you’d expect, mac and cheese, chicken tenders, lasagna, French toast, eggs, bacon, cinnamon rolls (Friday tradition!). We of course provide fruit or vegetables at camp.
Can parents visit the camp?
Our camps do not allow for parental visits, unless extenuating circumstances exist.
What percentage of campers return every year?
Approximately 90% of campers within appropriate age range return each year.
Is the schedule highly structured, or do kids have a lot of free choices?
All of our camps are designed with a highly structured schedule. However, options are provided to ensure the campers are given choice of activities.
Is transportation available to and from camp?
Transportation to and from camp is dependent upon the campers family.