All about Ooch
The power of Camp
Camp Ooch is often referred to as the social cure for cancer. It’s a place where kids play, grow and enjoy new experiences in a safe, welcoming environment. Our programs celebrate kids for who they are – not what they have.
The joy and confidence gained from Camp Ooch is a crucial aspect of our Campers’ health and well-being. Ooch gives Campers the chance to meet other kids or Counsellors who’ve faced the same illnesses, had the same surgeries, or other Campers who know what it’s like to have a sick sibling. Camp restores a sense of normalcy, new found strength and hope.
When you’re with Camp Ooch, the only elephant in the room is the elephant that Campers have handcrafted out of paper mache and pipe cleaners.
Making the Magic of Ooch
In 1983, an ambitious group of volunteers banded together to form a summer camp unlike any other in Canada. Exclusively serving children with cancer, Camp Oochigeas was privately funded, staffed entirely by volunteers, and completely free.
Over 35 years later, Camp Ooch is still a privately funded, volunteer-driven charity that’s free for families. Thanks to our generous partners and donors, we’ve broadened our programs, reaching over 1,800 kids and 745 families affected by childhood cancer every year.
Ooch is now run by 50+ full-time staff, specially trained medical teams, and over 600 Volunteers. Our programs serve kids and their families in communities and paediatric oncology centres across Ontario, and at Ooch Muskoka – the only overnight camp in Canada able to provide IV chemotherapy and blood transfusions.
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