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We know that the childhood cancer journey can be traumatic, but we can offer a different path, giving kids the healing powers of fun, friendship and self-confidence. Check out our latest program brochures to decide what’s best for you and your family. New in 2020 are virtual programs for the whole family!

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How we help

We’re a privately funded, volunteer-based organization that gives kids affected by childhood cancer unique opportunities for growth through challenging, fun, enriching and magical experiences. All Ooch programming is provided free of charge.

At Ooch, you’re never alone – you’ll meet kids and families just like yours. We offer a wide range of programs for kids affected by childhood cancer and siblings ages 0-18.

Some Ooch Campers are newly diagnosed and on active treatment, while others have been in remission for years. We also have special programs for bereaved children who have lost a sibling after a cancer diagnosis.

Ooch has something for the whole family!

 

Two campers laughing back to back with arms crossed in Gatts' Lodge

"Camp is a place where you meet people who've gone through what you’ve gone through. You’re no longer different, you’re just the same. You can reach goals that seem impossible elsewhere."

— Ooch Camper

Camp programs & locations

In-Hospital programs

We run year-round fun and interactive programs for children ages 0-18 in a number of specialized paediatric care centres across Ontario: SickKids, McMaster Children’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital at London Health Sciences Centre, Credit Valley Hospital (Trillium Health Partners), Rouge Valley Centenary (Scarborough Health Network) and Southlake Regional Health Centre.

In-Hospital programs are facilitated by Ooch staff and Volunteers, and are available to both patients and their siblings. We foster fun and friendship in a hospital environment with arts and crafts, games, theme days and science experiments in in-patient and out-patient clinics. New in 2020 are virtual camp equivalents!

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Camper in disguise with IV being rolled on chair by volunteer in the hospital

Community programs

Experience the magic of camp across Ontario in Toronto, Hamilton, London, Ottawa and Sudbury. Community programs give year-round opportunities for Campers and families to have fun together and meet others with similar experiences. We’ve got something for every member of the family. New in 2020 are virtual camp equivalents!

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family standing together outdoors

Day Camps

We currently offer summer Day Camp programs in Ottawa, and at Camp Robin Hood and Ooch Downtown in Toronto. You can also attend March Break Day Camps in London, Toronto and Ottawa. At Day Camp, Campers and their siblings get a full week of new experiences, friendship and fun! New in 2020 are virtual camp equivalents!

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Campers playing patty cake in the field with other campers around them

Overnight Camp in Muskoka

Ooch Muskoka is the only place in Canada able to administer IV chemotherapy and blood transfusions in a camp environment. All Campers sleep in cozy cabins and our cooks can accommodate various dietary needs. New in 2020 are virtual camp equivalents!

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Two campers hanging from giant swing in forest at Ooch Muskoka

Every summer, and on certain weekends throughout the year, Ooch Muskoka hosts all kinds of Overnight programs for a variety of Campers:

  • Summer Camp – two-week traditional sessions for children with cancer (ages 6-14)
  • Teomul – a one-week session in summer and weekend sessions in fall and winter for bereaved siblings (ages 6-18)
  • Weekends at Camp (WACs) – fall and winter “booster shots of Camp Ooch” to help Campers get a taste of Overnight Camp (ages 5-18)
  • 7Scape – a one-week experience for teens with cancer (ages 15-18)

Leadership programs

Ooch offers various leadership programs and wilderness camping trips for teen Campers ages 14 -18 throughout the year. Through workshops, discussions and experiential learning, we help young adults build on existing skills and develop new ones. New in 2020 are virtual camp equivalents!

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Group of campers in forest holding rope

Programs include (but not limited to):

  • High school credit program – teens with cancer can earn a Grade 11 Health and Physical Education credit at Overnight Camp in the summer
  • Wilderness Camping Trips – throughout the year for teens with cancer and bereaved siblings. Activities could include canoeing, hiking, snowshoeing and more
  • Community leadership programs – year-round for siblings, Campers and bereaved siblings
  • Leadership in Training programs at Overnight Camp – for teens with cancer and bereaved siblings (ages 16-18)

Teomul

Teomul is a program offered specifically for children who have had a sibling die from cancer, and their families, connecting them with others who share similar experiences.

Bereaved siblings can participate in Teomul Weekends at Camp in the fall and winter, and a week-long Teomul Summer Camp. Teomul Community programs also occur across the province. New in 2020 are virtual camp equivalents!

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Volunteer teaching campers the ukulele on deck of Slaight Arts & Music Centre

March Break Day Camp was our first real encounter with Camp, so I was happy and thankful that camp is available in Ottawa.

— Rachel, grateful parent

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Helpful downloads

Camper & family handbook

Read our handbook for the latest policies and procedures, before you head to Camp - whether you're going for two hours or two whole weeks!

Full programs brochure

Take a peek at our upcoming events and activities brochure so that you can decide which programs are best for your family.

Questions about Camp

Is my child eligible for Camp Programs?

We serve children and families affected by childhood cancer. Please complete and submit an inquiry form. A member of our medical team will be happy to follow up with you to discuss eligibility within 5 business days.

How much does Camp cost?

Camp is free! All programs are offered at no cost to your family.

How long can my child come to Camp?

Once a child comes to their first program, they can continue participating in camp programs until they turn 19 years old.

How do I register my child and family for Camp programs?

You can register your family by logging into your Family Account. Once logged in, click on the Enrollment tag to start selecting which programs your child or family would like to attend.

If you do not have a Family Account, please fill out an inquiry form. Our Medical Team will review your application and contact you if they have questions about your eligibility.

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