June through August Shadow Buddies are used at specialty camps to help ease the first day jitters by welcoming the special campers! Endorsed by camp counselors and nurses at specialty camps, buddies are used to teach the children about their medical condition and promote a positive image. Each year the Shadow Buddies Foundation provides approximately 1,000 backpacks to these special campers. Each child takes a buddy home and has something to share with their family and friends. A year-long reminder of the new friendships they made at camp.