+ Why did you decide to purchase property?
There are several reasons Camp Rainbow Gold will benefit from a permanent site, ultimately for the safety and security of our campers to give them the best experiences possible.
Currently, our ability to expand is limited by the capacity of the camps we lease, and the need for our programs is greater than what these camps can accommodate. We turn campers away because some of our camps are at capacity.
There is no long-term lease in place for our current camp sites, which means at any point Camp Rainbow Gold may not have a place to hold camp. Also, the lack of a long-term lease prevents us from investing capitol for improvements.
Neither of the leased camps currently used by Camp Rainbow Gold were designed with medical needs in mind. This presents challenges for campers and volunteers to ensure everyone’s safety.
Camp Rainbow Gold is also 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.
Having an established 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.
Similarly, 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.
+ Where is the property 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. 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.
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.
+ When will you move in?
We’re currently in the process of building a property development committee and establishing a master plan for construction. We intend to take this one step at a time and be very thoughtful and fiscally responsible throughout this process. As such, we don’t have an expected move-in date at this time and will continue to hold our summer programs as scheduled at their current locations.
+ Will you be leasing to other camps?
We do intend to make it available to other Idaho medical camps who need accommodating space. We are working closely with several organizations to make sure the camp can accommodate a variety of medical needs.
+ How can I help?
Thanks for asking! Volunteer! Donate! Contact Lonni Leavitt-Barker for more details on how you can get involved.
How can I help?