In 1982, C.O.C.A., Children's Oncology Camps of America was founded by a dozen pioneer oncology camps. The personnel from these twelve camps found the lives of children with cancer were immeasurably enhanced by camping. Noting their similar experiences, these visionary souls believed a forum should be created to share their ideas and experiences. That forum known as C.O.C.A. currently consists of over 124 member camps from within the United States.
In 1996, C.O.C.A. officially changed its name to Children's Oncology Camping Association, International, to incorporate the camps outside of the United States.
COCA-I meets annually at a conference hosted by a member camp.
To be the leader in serving camps for children with cancer and their families.
To strengthen the international community of camps for children with cancer and their families through networking, advocacy, and education.