Every child deserves to experience the wonder of camp. After all, enjoying the outdoors and having fun are two integral parts of being a child.
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 4-19.
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 builds their confidence and strength. And the cherished and lasting friendships they’ll find at camp will last a lifetime.
As a registered charity that does not receive government funding, Camp Oochigeas relies on the generosity of volunteers and donors in order to provide their campers unforgettable memories at no cost to their families.
The camp is close to many provincial parks providing options for older children to participate in our canoe-tripping program, which consists of supervised overnight canoe-trips.
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