Camp Little Red Door Frequently Asked Questions

Who can attend Camp Little Red Door?

Summer camp is for youth ages 8-18 who are currently in active cancer treatment or cancer remission, or have a parent or guardian who is in active cancer treatment or cancer remission and are Indiana residents. Campers’ additional siblings and one friend between the ages of 8 and 18 are also invited to our camps.

Family camp is open to children diagnosed with cancer in active treatment or remission under the age of 18 living in Indiana and their family.

Camp Little Red Door in the City is for youth ages 6-14 who are currently in active cancer treatment or cancer remission, or have a parent or guardian who is in active cancer treatment or cancer remission and are Indiana residents. Priority acceptance is given to these applicants. Each camper may bring any or all siblings between 6 and 14 or one additional friend.

What are the 2019 dates for Camp Little Red Door? 

Spring Family Camp: March 8-10

Summer Camp: June 14-21

The Robert T. Grand Leadership Academy is held the weekend prior to summer camp, June 14-16, for campers ages 16 to 18.

Camp Little Red Door in the City: July 8-12

Fall Family Camp: October 11-13

How much does camp cost?

Little Red Door’s camps are paid for by generous contributions from donors. No family is ever turned away.

What is offered at Camp?

Summer Camp- Program activities for the week are age-appropriate and based on each group’s skill level. Activities offered at Camp Little Red Door are the same found at traditional camps: swimming, rock climbing, horseback riding, zip lining, archery, fishing, canoeing, nature hikes, arts and crafts, music, campfires, games, and more. Activities are designed for all participants, regardless of ability level.

After campers check-in to camp, an opening campfire sets the tone for a week filled with fun and lasting friendships. Breakfast each day is followed by two activity periods, lunch, cabin time, and two more activity periods. Dinner is followed by special activities, such as dances, games, etc., which are planned for the campers by camp counselors and a Leadership Group consisting of older, experienced campers.

Family Camps will offer traditional camp activities including water activities, archery, cookouts, family activities and games, and a chance to connect with other families.

Camp Little Red Door in the City is a day camp for children who are cancer survivors and their siblings and friends. The mission of this camp is to provide children with cancer an opportunity to have fun and be a kid in a safe environment with others facing similar circumstances. Campers will participate in adventure activities, crafts and games, community visits, friendship and team building, welcome and closing ceremonies, skill building games, a junior counselor program and more!

What is the application process?

The link to apply for camp through CampDoc is here.  You will need to sign up for an account (parent’s information) and then will register your child, select a session, and pay your fee online. You must complete the entire Health Profile (to 100%) for both the child diagnosed with cancer and their sibling or friend.  A physician’s release must be signed and uploaded for all children participating in summer camp. Alerts will appear for any missing required information. You may return to your application at any time to finish and will receive reminders from CampDoc to complete it. Once you have completed the Health Profile to 100%, you will receive an email that your application has been submitted.  LRD will review the application and that all required documents are completed. Once accepted, you will receive a packet in the mail with details about camp check-in, what to bring, and more.  For Family Camp, you must complete one application per family. LRD will review all applications submitted, and notify those of acceptance through mail.

What is CampDoc?

CampDoc is a secure online registration system for camps. The security, confidentiality, and privacy of your camper’s personal health information will always be protected. You are always welcome to contact the CampDoc Help Desk with any questions about logging in, resetting passwords, profile completion, etc. Help Desk hours are Monday-Friday 8 am-5 pm EST and can be reached via email at or 734-636-1000.

What is the Robert T. Grand Leadership Academy?

Campers ages 16-18 who are attending Summer Camp are eligible to apply to leadership training, which takes place 2 days before camp. Campers will learn life-long lessons they will put to use right away. Leadership Academy is open to both children diagnosed with cancer and their siblings or friends, ages 16 to 18. Campers in Leadership Academy will participate in:

  • Team building activities: Communication, trust, leadership, initiative, etc.
  • Bonding as a cohesive group
  • Forming leadership skills
  • Planning specific activities for camp LRD
    • Dance
    • Hair Cutting Ceremony
  • Mentorship of younger campers
  • Setting examples for younger campers and inclusion of campers into camp (especially new campers)
  • A safe place to share past experience specifically related to past cancer or friend/sibling’s cancer
  • Volunteer project

Where are Camp Little Red Door and Family Camps located?

Summer Camp and Family camps are held at Bradford Woods in Martinsville, IN, 30 minutes south of Indianapolis. Bradford Woods is a learning and outdoor education center, situated on a 2,500-acre natural environment. It is a fully accessible facility, with activities designed for all participants, regardless of ability level.

Camp Little Red Door in the City is held at our offices at 1801 North Meridian Street in Indianapolis. Campers will be participating in activities across the city, for which transportation will be provided, but pick up and drop off for each day of camp will be at that address.

How long has camp been in existence?

Organized by Little Red Door Cancer Agency, Camp Little Red Door was the first camp in Indiana for pediatric cancer patients ages 8-18 and was only the second camp of its kind in the country when it was established in 1981. It was founded by physician and former Little Red Door board member Virginia Wagner.

What started with 14 campers and a mission to focus on fun instead of illness, has grown into a much anticipated season of camp opportunities spread throughout the spring, summer and fall. The camp is unique in that one sibling per patient is invited to attend once all cancer patients who have applied have been accepted.

Family Camps began being offered in the spring and fall of 2017, and Camp Little Red Door in the City is a new offering set to begin in the summer of 2018.

How are the campers’ health care needs met?

Camp Little Red Door maintains an experienced medical staff 24 hours a day, many from the ranks of Riley Children’s Hospital and St. Vincent Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital. Cancer treatment and any medications may be given while at camp.

What should I pack for my child for camp? When you receive your child’s acceptance packet in the mail, it will include a suggested list of items to bring to camp.

How is this camp funded?

The actual cost to send a child to camp for one week is $1,250. Camp Little Red Door is made possible through the annual Camp Little Red Door Golf tournament organized by Robert T. Grand, grants, the Adopt-A-Camper program which encourages individuals and companies to sponsor a child’s trip to camp, and contributions from the community. Click for more information on the Camp Little Red Door Golf Tournament.