Who Attends Camp
All the campers who attend Camp Oochigeas are united by the common bond of cancer. But they are very different otherwise. Some are young children. Some are teenagers. Some have experienced cancer personally. Others have gone through the experience with a sibling. Because cancer affects such a wide range, we offer a wide range of programs for campers from ages 6-19.
One of the most devastating things about childhood cancer is that it removes children from their peer group. Oochigeas is a place where these kids can share their experiences, insights and dreams with other kids their age who understand them. As one camper points out, “At Camp Oochigeas, no one really pays attention to the fact that you have cancer because everyone does.” This sense of belonging and shared experience build confidence and strength. The cherished and lasting friendships they’ll find at camp will last a lifetime.
This is where kids really belong.
Kids with cancer are used to "grown up" experiences. Children more familiar with blood tests and doctor’s appointments are suddenly introduced to a world of sunshine, fresh air and fun with kids just like them. All activities are adaptive and inclusive, so campers of all physical and mental abilities can participate.
As Dr. David Malkin, pediatric oncologist, says, "The amazing thing about Ooch is seeing kids who were in the hospital every day the week before, sick and weak, watching them climbing rock walls, canoeing, laughing — and forgetting why they were in the hospital at all."
More Ooch, More Often
With programs for all ages and all members of the family we’ve got something just for you.
Click here for our online Winter Program Brochure. For more information, please contact Sue at firstname.lastname@example.org or 416.961.6624 ext. 250.
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Summer 2014 Dates
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