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Welcome to the Gold Ribbon Accreditation Program


  • What Is the COCAI Gold Ribbon Accreditation Program?

    •  An education program intended to help COCA-I member camp organizations identify policies and practices, specific to their setting and population, that are documented and delivered in the course of providing a medically and emotionally safe pediatric oncology camp experience. 

    •  COCA-I recommends the camps to use the Suggested COCA Guidelines/Standards to achieve Gold Ribbon Accreditation. 

  • For a Camp to be eligible for Accreditation, they:

    • Complete an Application in the Fall for an Accreditation visit the following summer.

    • To ensure Camps are following the suggested guidelines and standards, they are given access to an online portal to upload their corresponding documents. This process is typically October-March.

    • In October, January and February, the Camp participates in mandatory webinars to help educate and prepare them for the visit and assist with documentation and use of the portal.

    • Camps are required to submit all documents by the end of March so the coordination of two visitors (peer and medical) can be assigned to review their documentation on the portal then visit the Camp in the summer.

    • All documentation by the Camp MUST be submitted and reviewed prior to any visit taking place.

    • The visitors do not decide whether a Camp is to become Accredited or not. The visitors submit a worksheet designating which policies and procedures were either 'seen' and/or 'not seen' during their visit. The worksheet is used in collaboration with the requirements of each standard.

    • The visitors turn in their worksheet to the Gold Ribbon Committee who meets in September to discuss each of the Camps visited and determines their recommendations to the Board for those Camps to be Accredited.

    • The Board of Directors votes in September on the Camps to become Gold Ribbon Accredited.

    • Camps are notified of their Gold Ribbon Status in the Fall prior to the Annual Conference.

  • As a COCA-I Gold Ribbon Accredited Camp...

    • You will be recognized at the Annual Conference as a Gold Ribbon Accredited Camp.

    • You will be included on the COCA-I Gold Ribbon map and your camp profile will state you are a Gold Ribbon recipient.

    • You will be presented with an official COCA-I Gold Ribbon Accredited Camp Certificate suitable for framing and display in your camp office.




2020 COCA-I Gold Ribbon Interactive Map



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