Camp Ooch gives kids affected by childhood cancer what they need – the chance to just be kids.
A diagnosis of childhood cancer changes life in an instant. For affected kids and families, it can suddenly feel like everything is about cancer.
Simple childhood joys like friendships, birthday parties, or sports teams are left behind in the need for medical appointments, hospital stays, and long absences from school. Camp Ooch offers a hopeful journey, where kids with cancer can just be kids, and families connect with a community of strength and support when they need it the most.
We are much more than a summer camp—we offer the social cure for childhood cancer. Our camp-inspired programs deliver fun, friendship, and community to 1,900 kids and 745 families year-round, all across Ontario.
We often meet kids battling cancer on their first day of diagnosis at one of five paediatric cancer centres across Ontario. Kids, their siblings, and parents can access programs in communities close to home, or attend overnight camp, all at no charge to them. As a response to COVID-19, we are running virtual camp programs that reach kids and families living in isolation, wherever they are.
Powered by the passion of volunteers, we are a privately funded charity that receives no annual funding from government or hospital partners. Our organization is entirely dependent on generous supporters like #SL10K runners to deliver our life-changing programs.
Ooch offers programs at:
- Overnight Camp – the only overnight camp in Canada to provide IV chemotherapy and blood transfusions (please note that overnight camp is temporarily suspended due to COVID-19)
- In-Hospitals across Ontario, including SickKids, where we meet kids soon after their diagnosis, bringing moments of fun and laughter
- Through virtual programs to meet kids and families wherever they are
The cost to Campers is free. The cost of sending kids affected by childhood cancer to Camp is covered by the generous support of donors and fundraisers just like you.
Camp Ooch provides fun and friendship to over 1,900 kids affected by childhood cancer and their families each year during the most difficult of times.