Date of Graduation

Summer 2015

Document Type

Honors Research Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Child Life Specialist

Research Sponsor

Rose Resler

First Reader

Casey Durkin

Second Reader

Erin Rafter


This research project looks at the therapeutic benefits of an animal camp for children touched by cancer. Animal assisted therapy techniques were used for children to connect with animals during a week long summer camp. The benefits of working with animals are discussed, as well as research on many therapeutic activities including reiki, labyrinth walking, zentangle drawing, yoga, and drumming. Past camp attendees were recorded and interviewed about their personal experiences at camp. Caregivers of campers were also interviewed, who shared about the positive impact camp had on their family. Multiple benefits were found for this type of camp in both the research and interview components of this project.