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Camp Oochigeas

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A privately funded, volunteer-based organization that provides kids affected by childhood cancer with unique opportunities for growth through challenging, fun, enriching and magical experiences at no cost to their families.

Summer Camp - Residential Camp in Rosseau, Muskoka with a volunteer pediatric oncologist and three oncology nurses from the Hospital for Sick Children onsite and available 24 hours a day to administer expert medical treatment offering:

* Three two-week summer camp sessions for children with cancer, ages 6-14
* Teomul: one-week session in the summer for bereaved siblings, ages 6-19
* 7Scape: one-week session in the summer for recently diagnosed teens, ages 15-18
* Weekends At Camp (WAC's) - a total of eight weekends during the fall and winter for children with cancer and bereaved siblings, ages 6-19
* Leadership program - Year-round programming for young camp leaders affected by childhood cancer, ages 16-19, that focuses on leadership skills and team building including:
* Workshops & community service programs Including Habitat for Humanity projects and Ronald McDonald House dinners
* Credit Recovery program: campers receive a Grade 11 Healthy, Active Living credit with the successful completion of the LIT 1 Program

Toronto Ooch Downtown and In-City Programs - the only recreational facility in North America for children affected by childhood cancer offers:

* Year-round themed programs at Ooch Downtown, for kids of all ages, including siblings where kids work on developing a specific skill (i.e. music workshops, cooking and baking, etc.)
* Family programs: themed programs for the whole family to participate in and provide the opportunity for families to connect, and meet the Ooch Volunteers
* Summer specialties week: week of activities at Ooch Downtown during the summer for kids ages 8-12 who are unable to travel to Muskoka. Includes animation workshop, tour of the Roger's Centre, cooking, rock climbing, crafts and various sports
* Day Camp: Two, two-week sessions in the Toronto Area, for kids ages 4-7, as well as a March break Day Camp at Ooch Downtown
* Urban Ooch: one-day camp-style programs at Ooch Downtown or in the Toronto Area

In-hospital program, The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)

* Camp-style programs and activities seven days a week on the oncology floor at SickKids for both in and out-patients, ages 2-18
* Evening programming, Monday to Thursday, for in-patients where volunteers provide programs in the play room and bedside visits
* Weekly special events in the conference room including drumming workshops, theme days and movie premieres
Eligibility
Age Requirements: Ages: 6 year(s) - 19 year(s);
Application Process
Volunteer applications are available online in January * camper applications must be requested and approved by a physician.
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None
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Fully Accessible
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(51) Registered Charity
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Community Connection, 211 Central East Region Contact Centre
Last Verified On January 16, 2019

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