Our Story

Our Story

Every good story has a hero. Ours has two.

Camp Cole is named in memory of Cole Sawyer, an 11-year-old boy who lost his battle to cancer in 2004. During his battle, Cole and his family were inspired by a local camp that catered exclusively to children with cancer. Cole’s experience at the camp made him forget about being sick and remember how to have fun—to laugh, play, and make new friends.

When Cole passed away, his mother Stacy vowed to build a unique camp in his memory so that more children living with critical illnesses could experience the joy of an overnight camp the way Cole had. A few years into planning, Stacy unexpectedly passed away.

Together, with support from a generous community of friends and followers, Cole’s older sister, Kelsey, and her good friend Margaret Deans forged ahead with Stacy’s dream. Today, the spirits of Cole and Stacy shine brightly across our beautiful Camp Cole campus, lighting the way for our future campers. 

Every day, new pages are being added to our story. Chapters are being written as our campers bond while making friendship bracelets, laugh as their counselors joke during Skit Night, face fears as they perform at the Talent Show, and smile as they go on outdoor adventures, just like Cole did almost 20 years ago. 

While Cole and Stacy's lives may have ended, their legacies certainly never will.

Our Mission

The mission of Camp Cole is to provide a safe, accessible, and inspirational gathering place where groups can connect, share, encourage, and shine.

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