COCA-I is strengthening the international community of camps for children with cancer and their families through networking, education, and advocacy since 1982. Our programs and services aid member camps in providing high-quality programming options to approximately 20,000 children with cancer and their families annually.
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!!
Plan to Attend Your Mini-COCAI Today!
Region 1 & 2 (combined)
Mini COCA-I April 25-27
Mini COCA-I Conference March 21-23
Mini COCA-I (aka The CAPOC Annual Camp Summit & AGM - February 27 & 28)
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!
Camp Kids Are Kids Chicago . Come join us “Roughin ‘ It At The Ritz”
Camp Kids are Kids Chicago first camp will host campers 10-14 years of age and will be held at the Ritz Hotel in downtown Chicago August 10-14,2014. By offering this program in an urban setting, the campers can enjoy a variety of activities both on and off site. On site activities will include arts, dances and skits. Off site activities will take advantage of the many child friendly activities in Chicago. Go to www.campkidsarekidschicago.com to request an application.
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.
Beginning June 1, of every year, COCA-I will be accepting applications for the “Gold Ribbon Camp” (GRC) award program.
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.