Featured COCA-I Camp
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Would you like to help out a COCA-I Camp? Have you ever thought about volunteering? How about a special donation?
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.
2014 Gold Ribbon Camps
2014 Gold Ribbon Camps Congratulations!!
Congratulations to our newest Gold Ribbon Camp winners, who received their commemorative flag and honor at the annual COCA-I conference in Salt Lake City, UT in early November 2014.
The Gold Ribbon Camp designation was established in 2011 as a way to promote safe and effective oncology camp programming and is based on "best practice" guidelines set by COCA-I.
The following camps conducted a self-assessment over last summer and were reviewed by a COCA-I panel of judges, who confirmed their eligibility for Gold Ribbon Camp status.
|Camp Bring It On||Camp Quality Kentuckiana|
|Camp Courgeous/Camp Bravo||Camp Quality Louisiana|
|Camp Discovery||Camp Quality Michigan N|
|Camp Dost||Camp Quality Michigan S|
|Camp Journey at Ross Point||Camp Quality New Jersey|
|Camp Oochigeas||Camp Quality NWMO|
|Camp Quality Arkansas||Camp Quality Ohio|
|Camp Quality Central Missouri||Camp Quality Ozarks|
|Camp Quality Greater KC||Camp Quality Texas|
|Camp Quality Heartland||Canp Fantastic|
|Camp Quality Illinois||Sky High Hope Camp|
|Camp Quality Kansas||The Rainbow Connection|
Clikc here to see all of our Gold Ribbon Camps!
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 Pilot Research Study
The First COCA-I Research Project is a Great Success!
By Dr. Mike Amylon, Camp Okizu
During the summer of 2010, the Research and Education Committee of the COCA-I Board of Directors initiated a "proof of concept" pilot research study.
The goal was to demonstrate the possibility to design and execute a research study to measure some aspect of the impact of the camp experience for our young cancer patients. Our intention is to develop a series of research studies which will strengthen the proof in the published literature (the language of choice for our referring institutions, our medical staff members, and increasingly also our Board members and donors) that what we do at camp is not only great fun for our campers, but also is an important part of their overall healing process on their cancer journey. Our principal goal is to increase the awareness on the part of referring physicians, hospitals, social workers, families of pediatric cancer patients, potential volunteer staff, the public at large, and those with the wherewithal to support our efforts financially of the value of the camp experience for our young cancer patients.
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!