Started in 1983, Camp Fantastic is Special Love's hallmark program offering a week of summer fun to children with cancer. The week-long camp provides children with cancer an opportunity to step back from the seriousness of their disease and enjoy the bonds of friendship with other children who share similar experiences.
Camp Fantastic provides classes, recreation, theme parties, campfires and other exciting activities for seven to seventeen year-old cancer patients who are currently being treated or have undergone treatment within the last three years. A full medical staff from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is on-site to distribute medication and provide necessary treatment.
Over 29 years (since 1989), the Richmond Shag Club has raised $314,131 to support Camp Fantastic. In 2018, RSC gave $22,300 to the Camp (plus another $415 raised through an on-line fund-drive), representing enough funding to support 20+ campers for this special week. (2014 Letter from Camp Fantastic)
In 2019, on August August 11-17th, Camp Fantastic will host over 100 campers.