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COCA-I is strengthening the international community of camps for children with cancer and their families through networking, education, and advocacy since 1982. COCA-I member camps proudly served the needs of over 19,000 campers in 2013.
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New COCA-I Website Features
- Take a look at COCA-I's Marketplace of Stuff. We've got a Camp Swap Meet for Your Stuff!
- New Camp Donation Request feature! Answer a few questions on your Camp Profile and you can list either monetary or material requests. We'll post it, and your listing also goes up on a map to make it easy for donors to find you.
- Check out the new Volunteer and Staff Listing Service and Map!
- New COCA-I Camp Resource Archive - You can now review hundreds of oncology camp policies, procedures, manuals, etc., read about COCA-I affiliated research studies, easily find links to online journals, reading materials and family resources.
- Featured Camp on COCA-I's home page - Each time COCA-I's home page is refreshed, the Featured Camp is updated with new contact information and a link to a Camp's Profile. Make sure your Camp's Profile is up to date!!
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Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
The President of the United States proclaimed September 2014 as National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
A few thoughts from Skip Guarini from Indian Summer Camp
September is "Childhood Cancer Awareness Month" and the color is GOLD!
What we need to do is to stop calling it "Awareness" month and start calling it "Action" month.
And with ALL due respect to the "Breast Cancer Awareness" folks.... your month is October ....Pink ribbons and all ....stop infringing on September.
The "Race for the Cure" and the NFL pink socks and wrist bands and shoes and the baseball teams with pink hats has begun to filter into September and stretch well into November....so lay off September!!!
Children with Cancer
Positive Benefits of Camp
by Christy Winfree, M.S., Richard Williams, Ed.D., and Gwynn M. Powell, Ph.D.
Since childhood cancer has evolved from an inevitably fatal illness to a life-threatening chronic disease, children with cancer receive many positive benefits by participating in a camp experience. These children can have a variety of limitations, but first and foremost, they are still children — and want to be treated the same as children without cancer with opportunities to run, play, swim, and enjoy being with other kids.
COCA-I Gold Ribbon Camp Program
As each camping season approaches, it is best practice to examine all of your camp’s rules, regulations, requirements, guidelines and common practices. Part of COCA-I’s mission is to strengthen the international community of camps for children with cancer and their families. We believe the “Suggested COCA-I Guidelines” is an important resource to our members and following these guidelines should be rewarded. These guidelines are being presented as a completely voluntary set of recommended oncology camp standards.The COCA-I Board of Directors look forward to recognizing member camps who meet the guidelines. Achieving this designation is not a membership requirement.
The Importance of COCA-I Branding
Building your camp brand is all about building credibility -- COCA-I can help! When you include the COCA-I logo and a short description of our mission, you give your camp a boost and show your supporters and camp families that you're part of oncology camping on an international scale. That makes you look good!
Plus it enhances your camp's mission by helping website visitors who are outside your service area find a camp program that is local to them. Then everyone - you, us, and kids with cancer - benefits. Its a win, win, win!