Idaho

$1.76 million donation helps along new Camp Rainbow Gold camp

This beautiful property around the East Fork Ranch area in Ketchum is the location for a proposed new campsite for Camp Rainbow Gold. The group that runs oncology and other camps for kids with cancer and their families has outgrown the camps it currently uses. Check out more photos here.
This beautiful property around the East Fork Ranch area in Ketchum is the location for a proposed new campsite for Camp Rainbow Gold. The group that runs oncology and other camps for kids with cancer and their families has outgrown the camps it currently uses. Check out more photos here.

That’s the value of land in Ketchum’s East Fork neighborhood, expected to be donated to the organization by Rich and Nancy Robbins.

Camp Rainbow Gold offers year-round services and summer camps to children and families coping with cancer.

According to a Monday announcement, the organization is in the process of buying a larger property, worth $3.75 million, that includes the Robbinses’ land. The couple agreed to donate their part of the land contingent on Camp Rainbow Gold closing on the full property, according to the organization.

The 275 acre property meets Camp Rainbow Gold’s criteria for creating a camp that is fun and safe for children with cancer, according to the group. The organization is currently performing due diligence work, including land, fire and transportation assessments, and speaking to neighbors, families of its client children and donors.

The actual camp site will be about 40 acres. There is no time line yet for the project says group’s executive director Elizabeth Lizberg.

“We’re in the very early stages of all of this,” Lizberg says. “We have a lot to get through to make sure this is the safest and best site for our home.”

“The property on East Fork is beautiful, close to the hospital and it feels right for the kids,” said Jeremy Chou, Camp Rainbow Gold’s board president. “Our friends in the Wood River Valley have been so gracious and supportive to us over the years, and we are hopeful we can count on their support and love again so we can offer a medically adequate camp for the children in Idaho who most need this experience.”

Right now, its oncology and sibling camps are held at Cathedral Pines near Ketchum. Lizberg says the group hopes to increase the number of kids who can attend by creating their own, larger camp.

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