Camp Rainbow Gold picks new property to help more kids

Posted at 5:17 PM, Nov 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-12 20:12:21-05

Kids like Desmond and Regan Baker enjoy going to camp for many reasons.

"Sometimes people need a break from parents or siblings," says Desmond Baker. 

Sometimes kids need a break from cancer. Desmond was diagnosed with a rare type of cancer when he was four years old. 

"When they're going through treatment you can't stop them from hurting, and you can't stop them from being sick, and you can't stop them from missing the birthday parties and stuff," says Desmond's mother, Sara Baker. 

She was able to give her child a fun escape. Desmond attends Camp Rainbow Gold, a non-profit organization which serves children diagnosed with cancer and their families.

"It helps kids that are going through treatment have something to look forward to," said Baker. 

Now, they can serve more families. For the past ten years, Camp Rainbow Gold has been vetting properties to make their permanent home. They think they've found it at soldier mountain ranch.

"It has all the rooms we already need, it has ponds and trails to do activities on site," said executive director of Camp Rainbow Gold Elizabeth Lizberg. 

The 1.3 million dollar purchase spans 150 acres and has 21 cabins. The executive director says the area is centrally located, so families from the Treasure Valley, Magic Valley, and Wood River Valley can get there with ease.

"We have a growing need to serve more families and children and to address that we decided we needed to find a different site," said Lizberg. 

The new home means more kids like Regan can attend the camp as well.

"I know that in the past they had to turn away people that wanted to go to sibling camp because they didn't have enough room," said Baker. 

The kids that look forward to going year after year have more room play and forget about their illness.