Camp Bluebird for adult cancer patients was held April 8-10, 2015. Sponsored by Providence Hospital and AT&T Telephone Pioneers, the camp offers attendees "recreation, relaxation, crafts and activities, non-denominational worship services and the opportunity to openly discuss the experiences and emotions associated with cancer with other survivors," according to the camp's literature.
The name "Camp Bluebird" originated from the Telephone Pioneers of America’s project to conserve southeastern bluebirds. And on the last day of the camp, as a sign of hope, each camper has the opportunity to build a bluebird house to assist the Pioneers with this project.
The camp's website says that participants describe Camp Bluebird as a "'a wonderful experience, with upbeat people sharing their experiences with cancer and survival." Camp Bluebird is uplifting, not sad as one might think, organizers maintain--"Campers share lots of laughter, and a few tears, but the emphasis is on maintaining hope and a positive attitude." Family and close friends are invited to share the concluding luncheon.
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