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Camp Rainbow Gold buys permanent location for camps helping kids, families with cancer

This rendering shows the proposed Camp Rainbow Gold in Ketchum East Fork Ranch area. The nonprofit that supports kids with cancer and their families through specialized summer camps and other programs was denied its application to build the camp by Blaine County Planning and Zoning.
This rendering shows the proposed Camp Rainbow Gold in Ketchum East Fork Ranch area. The nonprofit that supports kids with cancer and their families through specialized summer camps and other programs was denied its application to build the camp by Blaine County Planning and Zoning.

Camp Rainbow Gold, a nonprofit summer camp for children diagnosed with cancer, announced Monday that it has purchased Soldier Mountain Ranch and Resort in Fairfield to serve as its permanent location.

According to the camp, the next steps include forming a development committee and establishing a master plan for construction and renovation of the property. With the help of donors, Camp Rainbow Gold purchased 172 acres in Fairfield to build a permanent home for its programs, including two oncology camps, a sibling camp and two family retreats.

“We intend to take this one step at a time and be very thoughtful and fiscally responsible throughout the process,” the camp said on its website. “As such, there is not an expected move-in date at this time and Camp Rainbow Gold will continue to hold camp programs as scheduled at our current leased locations.

“Creating an Idaho-based medical camp presents an enormous opportunity for Camp Rainbow Gold and other nonprofits to collaborate. We have seen and experienced a growing need for medically accessible camp facilities. As part of our master plan, we intend to consider other medical-needs camps, bring them to the table in the planning process and make the camp available to other organizations to ensure this camp can have the greatest positive impact on Idaho possible.”

After completion of a master plan, Camp Rainbow Gold said in a press release that it would launch its capital campaign, “A New Place Like Home,” to bring this entire vision to life, and has hired Lonni Leavitt-Barker, a Camp Rainbow Gold family camp participant, long-time volunteer and former board member, as campaign manager.

Camp Rainbow Gold is a community-supported organization and is made possible by donors, volunteers and supporters. For more information about the property and how you can get involved, visit www.anewplacelikehome.org.

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