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August 5-10, 2018
Camp Arnold in Eatonville, WA


Camp Side-by-Side is a classic summer camp experience tailored for families who have a child with cancer. It's a week of fun for the whole family, including a ropes course, archery range, water slide, zip-line, horseback riding, silly songs and games, and unforgettable memories. Families are invited at no cost. 

Who comes to camp?

• Patients must be within three years of completion of treatment for a cancer diagnosis. 

• Camp is designed for families with school-age children.

• Families are invited to participate in three Side-by-Side getaway events in the course of two consecutive calendar years. For example, a family who attends Camp Side-by-Side two summers in a row could also attend a Winter Weekend.

The first step in the application process is to complete the Family Interest Form. 



Family Support:

Has your family temporarily relocated to Seattle for medical treatment? We provide enthusiastic screened and trained volunteers to spend time with your children (patient and/or siblings) for two to five hours per week. If your kids could use a fun playmate (and you could use a break), we’d love to connect with you!




Your volunteer team will customize activities depending on the age, interests, health, and energy level of your child(ren). This may include:
• Playing games or reading stories
• Outings to the Zoo, Aquarium, and/or local parks
• Building and launching a model rocket
• Baking and decorating cookies
• Painting pottery and sharing a treat at University Village
Activities carry no cost for families or volunteers.


• Volunteers are screened by our staff and trained with support from Seattle Children’s, the Ronald McDonald House, and the Hutch School.
• Volunteers follow the buddy system, and are only alone with a child in a public setting (hospital room, playroom, etc.)
• Volunteers will maintain close communication with parents and will follow your lead regarding special concerns.
• If volunteers are not feeling well, they will reschedule the planned activity.

Ready to get started? To refer a family, or refer yourself, click on a button below.


Have questions? Contact Marla.


Ronald McDonald House:

Join Side-by-Side for FUN at the Ronald McDonald House!

Here’s when you can expect us each month:
First Mondays: Dinner and BINGO
Second Mondays: Dinner and Crafts
Fourth Mondays: Dinner and Crafts

Check out the Ronald McDonald House website for more information about activities.