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We are prepping for an amazing summer here at Dream Day!

It is now time to send your family applications to us right away! We have a rolling application process but PRIORITY is given to new families who submit their applications before April 1st.  Send it in!

Click here to download the 2014 application.

For those families who have already applied, hold tight! We will be in touch in early April to notify you of your status.

Thank you! And, spread the word!!

 

 

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It is through the help of generous volunteers and donors that Dream Day on Cape Cod is able operate. BUILDD projects are what started our camp, and what continue to help us grow.

BUILDD Projects:
The Great Cape Cod Contractor Challenge

October 17, 1999
Over 150 volunteers, gathered for one day, and built 8 family cabins and our dining hall addition!

Volunteers & Suppliers: Andersen Windows; Brian Basler; Brockway Smith Co.; Boston Sash; Cape Association; Cleary Construction; Steve Creswell; Furman Lumber; Georgia Pacific; Golden Hammer; Greater Harwich Construction; Don Harkenrider; Pat Lancaster; Martin Millwork; George McMahon; Dave Milliken; Mike Reddish; Rugby; Shepley Wood Products; John Skarupa; Bruce Wilcox; Steve Wilcox

Field of Dreams

Spring 2011

Six acres of tree-filled land was cleared and leveled, the camp road widened, an irrigation system installed, grass seeded, playground land was cleared, back stop was built to create our very own Field of Dreams!

Volunteers:

Special thanks to Chris Cooney, CC Construction, for bringing together these volunteers!
Acorn Builders; Atlantic Irrigation; Rick Bates; Mike Bosetti; Jeremy Buck; Cape Cod Docks; Cape Cod Fence; CC Construction; Robert Childs; David Gibson; Shawn Harrington; Chris Hutton and Sons; Nick Mitchell Landscaping; Dennis Mulcahy; Pine Harbor; TJ Rebello; John Senate; Bob Theibault; Peter Wall; Jeff Wragg

And here is what is up next!!!

Water Works 2014

March 1, 2014

8 builder teams, landscapers, excavators and engineers will volunteer their time to build private bath facilities attached to each existing family camp.

Volunteers and Suppliers: A&E Forms; Anderson Framing; Bob Perry-Engineer; Bosetti Construction; CC Construction; Jeff Wragg Crew; Harvey Industries; Matt York Crew; Mike Pimental Crew; PKM Construction; Shepley Wood Products; The Hoagie Bear Boys; The Jones Boys; Wilcox Construction

Plumbing Palooza 2014

May 3, 2013
Students and community volunteers will complete the plumbing portion of the private bath facilities for each family cabin. Volunteers & Suppliers: Cape Technical High School Students; Snow & Jones

Blessings

We are coming off of a beautiful holiday weekend and our hearts are full. The amount of people that come together to make a weekend special for 20 Dream Day families is nothing short of amazing! The Clarion Inn of Cape Cod has donated dozens and dozens and dozens of rooms for YEARS and YEARS! The kind hearted staff attending to everyone’s needs. Dunkin Donuts donates breakfast for the weekend — no questions asked — 10 dozen donuts are just waiting for us at 8am. The Hearth n Kettle hosts our beautiful luncheon with the sweetest staff and management you could ask for! Our summer staff – the loving core of our camp – comes back to the Cape to volunteer — to give and give and smile and smile. These men and women have no idea how they light up our Dream Day kids’ hearts. 

Dream Day Holiday Weekend is like all of our programs – based in love and simple goals of family, fun, and respite. Families that have a sick child don’t often get the space and place to just relax and enjoy those around them. When you create the space, and you add in some love and laughter, what takes place is magical! 

 

And so, it is with full hearts that we share our gratitude and say to Dream Day families, loving donors, and caring staff Happiest Holidays to you and yours. 

To warm camp days ahead!

Love, 

Dream Day

 

 

The last week of camp has arrived. At The first campfire the newbies laughed and ate s’mores as we performed our skits and sang our famous cup song to them. The week continued with families enjoying fishing and boating for the first time and catching a record of 80 fish in one morning! Arts and crafts was tons of fun including boo boo bunnies, bottleneck fishes, and other cute crafts with Diane. The week pirates landed on nan-ke-rafe to stir up some trouble and boy did the kids love it. The children ran through the camp finding buried treasure while wearing their newly acquired pirate hats and costumes. It was a sight to be seen! We had a circus day where the children were taught to juggle, bounce on balls, and walk on stilts. However, everyone’s favorite was the parachute games. Laughter could be heard across campus as we threw plastic chickens and pigs on it and watched them fly! As our last campfire arrived we sadly prepared our final performance. And
With heavy hearts we said goodbye to week six children and families and the camp we’ve grown to love so deeply. Hopefully we see everyone Christmas! 

Week Five has arrived! Yikes the summer is going by so fast. But not before another group of amazing people grace the presence of Dream Day! This week began with a thrilling whale watch which turned out had the greatest number of whale sitings ever! More special memories were made at game night which ended with every camper, staff member and parent having their face painted with glimmering butterflies.   It was a night filled with laughter and fun for everyone. In the mornings fishing and boating were enjoyed by all. Families bravely conquered their fear of canoeing and first time fishermen and fisherwomen were catching fish by the dozens! We were all very impressed. Our Hollywood theme party was a blast as kids got glamorous and decorated and walked the red carpet. They also helped make a action packed cowboy movie, and of course had yummy a pie eating contest! The children loved Beach day as they built sand castles, buried counselors in the sand, had water wheel chair rides and played thrilling games with frisbees. At the last campfire children got rewarded for shooting a bulls-eye in archery, by getting to throw pies at Chris, the archery instructor! Kids leapt at the opportunity to get involved at campfire and performed a few skits that were truly adorable. The staff closed the evening around the campfire singing Seasons of Love, as requested by a camper leaving everyone tearing up. However, the tears have not even begun to fall as the last week approaches and we will have to say our final goodbyes to this amazing summer at Nan-Ke-Rafe

After Cape and Islands Week, everyone was excited to have a full camp of families for Week 4! A rainy Sunday pushed our campfire inside, but our spirits certainly weren’t dampened as the rest of the week blossomed into great summer days. The campers made Egyptian necklaces and boo-boo bunnies in arts and crafts, along with new crafts such as paper plate campfires and foam stamps. We had a lot of young ones holding their own in kayaks this week, becoming a favorite activity for many at fishing and boating. The highlight of our week, as per usual, was our theme party, which transported camp into the Wild, Wild West! Campers participated in relay races, a gold rush thwarted by infamous bandit Billy Steele (our very own Seth Olsen), and other games such as Pin the Badge on the Cowboy. It was truly a sight to see the parents compete against each other in the potato sack races! Accommodating to the beautiful weather, we switched our beach day to Wednesday, enjoying the surf, sand, and burying of counselors a day early. On Thursday night, the Board of Trustees treated the whole camp to a delicious dinner and attended the week’s final campfire where the Harwich Quilters’ Club surprised all of the eight families with gifts of individualized quilts for each one. After a final rendition of the Cup Song with all the campers who learned it, we ate our s’mores and said our goodbyes, feeling a little sad but full of happy memories to carry with us through the year. Each week of camp is a little reminder of how many amazing people there are in the world; people who rise to the challenge and become superhuman to take care of their Dream Day child and family. The parents and kids of Dream Day Week 4 became an inspiration to all of us to be the best people we can be and help others in ways we never thought we’d be strong enough to. We exit Week 4 feeling empowered, ready to take on the next group of campers and whatever challenges come our way!

Camp Tales #2

Week two started off with quite the excitement. On Monday’s whale watch the campers saw 7 whales; the last humpback spotted by one of our youngsters! Every morning was filled with more fun than the last. At waterfront campers were catching fish and saying a happy hello to our camp’s mascots Urtle the turtle and Tom the turkey! The campers explored their artistic talents— tie-dying their favorite shirts, making friendship bracelets for themselves and their new friends, and a whole bunch of other colorful crafts! The beach wheelchairs proved to be a camp favorite when we visited Flax pond, and essentially important for so many of our campers. The kids giggled as they bobbed up and down in the chairs adorably refusing to ever leave the water even after an hour of swimming. While at the pond beautiful Sand castles were made, intense rounds of Marco polo were played, as the campers bonded with their families, the staff members, and each other. Game night, carnival, firebirds games and our very own luau sparked excitement in the children throughout the week. Hannah Montana, Selena Gomez and even Darius Rucker’s music could be heard as our campers bravely belted out their favorite songs during Karaoke. Smiles were contagious as our campers got their faces painted, as well as during other activities such as limbo, bingo, paint the counselor, and a pie-eating contest and even a water balloon toss! At the closing campfire laughter was heard as the staff sang songs and put on skits including one about a party in which Miley Cyrus, Spiderman, and Dory from Finding Nemo were in attendance. After the campfire skits were over there were some more s’mores; as well as reminiscing about the week’s memories until it was time to say goodnight. Friday morning we said our goodbyes   to the week two campers and began to prepare ourselves for week 3: day camp at Dream Day! 

 Written by [awesome staffer] Jenny 

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