Why does Idaho need a medical camp?

Having an Idaho-based medical camp presents an enormous opportunity for local nonprofits with like-missions to collaborate and serve a growing need where they know they’ll have medical facilities to host programs.

Years ago, Camp Rainbow Gold identified several opportunities to benefit from a permanent site, ultimately for the safety and security of our campers to give them the best experiences possible.

Previously, our ability to expand was limited by the capacity of the camps we leased, and the need for our programs was greater than what those camps could accommodate. We turned campers away because some of our camps were at capacity. There was no long-term lease in place, which means at any point Camp Rainbow Gold may not have had a place to hold camp. Also, the lack of a long-term lease prevented us from investing capital for improvements.

Neither of the leased camps used by Camp Rainbow Gold were designed with medical needs in mind. This presented challenges for campers and volunteers to ensure everyone’s safety. Camp Rainbow Gold was required to leave the site for several activities, which increases camper risk and the liability of attending camp. A camp tailored to our needs and programs will minimize risk.

We also found many other Idaho nonprofits were experiencing similar challenges across the state. Having an established medical camp where families can return year after year provides a sense of refuge, security, and comfort during one of the hardest and most tumultuous times in their lives.

Where is Hidden Paradise located?

The property is in Fairfield, Idaho, previously known as the Soldier Mountain Ranch and Resort. We’ll be situated in a great spot right between the Treasure Valley, Magic Valley, and Wood River Valley.

What is your plan for emergency services?

Our campers couldn’t be in better hands. At this property, we do have Camas County Volunteer EMT services close by in case of any emergencies. Should there ever be a need, we are also able to use Life Flight directly from our property to transport campers or anyone in need to nearby hospitals.

During Camp Rainbow Gold programs, we always have a team of medical staff including a doctor on-site and rarely need emergency services. Our Med Shack is appropriately stocked for each camp and specific camper needs are always identified and prepared for in advance. Instances where we may need to reach a hospital are usually for non-emergent lab tests.

Can we lease the camp property?

Yes, the property is available for lease to other Idaho nonprofits or organizations in need of a medical camp space. If you are interested in leasing, please contact us at info@camprainbowgold.org.

Is Camp Rainbow Gold hosting/running all the camps?

Camp Rainbow Gold will continue to run their own oncology, sibling, and family camps. Lease groups will be responsible for their own camp programming and management. Hidden Paradise staff will host meals and manage some support activities in line with property operations.

Will Camp Rainbow Gold programs change?

Currently, Camp Rainbow Gold programs will operate as usual with Family Camps in the fall and spring, and single weeks of youth oncology camp, teen oncology camp, and sibling camp.