About our programs

From the moment a doctor utters the words “you have cancer”, time stands still and the images of that day are forever burned into memory. From that point forward, time accelerates and shuffling from appointment to appointment, hospital to hospital, and treatment to treatment takes over. A child’s perspective changes overnight, and everything is different at school, physically and emotionally, and he or she is instantly thrust into survival mode. But when children arrive at Camp One Step, everything changes once again. This time, life slows down as children are surrounded by other kids just like them. They share similar stories and inspiration is given free at every turn. New memories are etched into their lives and the kids get back to really living.

By offering fun, recreational and educational activities at camps held throughout the year, Camp One Step brings children together in a non-hospital setting where they find hope, support and understanding from their peers who understand a cancer diagnosis. Furthermore, we provide these camp opportunities for little to no cost to families. 

Up Coming Camps

For Camper Families:

Thank you for your interest in participating in Camp One Step. We have eleven amazing programs throughout the year. Click here to learn more about all Camp One Step programs.

For Volunteers:

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Camp One Step. Whether you have a weekend, week or flexible schedule throughout the year, our programs offer a variety of volunteer opportunities. Program volunteers are the key part of making Camp One Step programs happen . For more information on all of our volunteer opportunities. Click here to learn more

For our resource list, please click here. For our resource list in Spanish, please click here.

For questions, or to submit your forms:

Contact Darryl Perkins
Email: dperkins@onestepcamp.org
Fax:  312-878-7374 | Phone:  312-235-6838

From Camp One Step

Summer Camp

2017 Dates: Week 1: July 8th-July 15th Week 2: July 15th -July 22nd
July 15th - July 22nd


2017 Dates: July 15th - July 22nd

Whitewater Adventure

2017 Dates: July 30th - August 5th


2017 Dates: September 24th - September 30th

Family Camp

2017 Dates: October 7th - October 9th

Winter Camp

2017 Dates: December 27th - December 31st

Utah Ski Program

2018 Dates: February 3rd- February 10th

Chicago Day Camp

Spring 2018 - Dates TBD

Washington D.C. Program

Spring 2019 - Dates TBD


May 2018 Dates: May 4 - 6, 2018 Location: Inspiration Retreat Center Ages: Families who have a child with a brain tumor ages 19 and under

Sibling Camp

June 2018 - Dates TBD