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COCA's mission is to strengthen, support and connect the international community of camps serving individuals and families affected by childhood cancer.  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 almost 129 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. 

How You Can Get Involved

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
  • Provide and Promote Educational Opportunities
  • Exhibit at Professional Conferences
  • Present COCA-I Research at Professional Conferences


COCA-I Governance

  • Articles of Incorporation
  • Bylaws
  • Code of Conduct
  • Form 990EZ

These governance documents are available upon written request.