We are a non-profit organization with a mission to strengthen the international community of camps for children with cancer and their families through networking, advocacy, and education. 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 92 member camps from within the United States and Canada.
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.
Why We Do What We Do
I once heard someone say, "If childhood cancer is a club, the initiation is terrible but going to camp and meeting the other club members is wonderful." That was true in 1982, when COCA-I was founded, and it’s just as true today. For more than 30 years, COCA-I has helped its member camps celebrate and enhance that benefit by providing education, advocacy, and networking opportunities to its nearly 100 member camps.
How We Do It
- Organize the Annual COCA-I Conference
- Promote Networking between COCA-I Member Camps
- Administer and Improve the COCA-I Gold Ribbon Camp program
- Publish the Fireside Newsletter
- Provide and Promote Educational Opportunities
- Exhibit at Professional Conferences
- Present COCAI Research at Professional Conferences
- Articles of Incorporation
- Code of Conduct
- Form 990EZ
These governance documents are available upon written request.