Who Is COCA?

COCA’s mission is to strengthen, support and connect the international community of camps serving individuals and families affected by childhood cancer. Our membership currently consists of 129 member camps from the United States and Canada.


Membership provides accreditation, education, networking, and exclusive members only funding support for critical operations and programs.


Camp allows a child with cancer to just be a kid while offering respite to the entire family.



Partnering with COCA offers a unique opportunity to support critical operations and programs benefiting pediatric oncology camps.

Medical Professionals

COCA provides medical professionals with continuing education credits, networking opportunities, and peer-to-peer forums.

  • Marie-Michelle Paradis, M. Env

    The town halls and webinars provided concrete medical and logistical information, but it also became a rich source of motivation for moving our programs to virtual.

    Marie-Michelle Paradis, M. Env
    Project Manager Therapeutic Adventure Facilitator On the Tip of the Toes, Canada
  • Iain Riddle

    COCA was instrumental in Camp Happy Days shift to virtual programming. They were at the forefront of virtual camps and through town halls, webinars, and a virtual conference we were able to provide a virtual experience for our campers that they will never forget!

    Iain Riddle
    Programs & Camp Director Camp Happy Days, SC
  • Dave Smith

    COCA was a godsend to Special Love’s virtual efforts in 2020. In a year when even the most seasoned oncology camps were forced into a position of “starting from scratch,” COCA led the way and helped us traverse the uncharted territory of virtual camp arm-in-arm. The post-camp survey results reflected our success, and we couldn’t have done it without COCA.

    Dave Smith
    Sr. Director, Outreach & Programs Special Love, Inc., VA

The Value of COCA

Network & Connect

COCA provides excellent opportunities through the annual conference and town halls to share, learn and network with other members to strengthen each individual member camp and organization.

Education & Learning

Through COCA’s virtual education, expert advice from leaders in the pediatric oncology camping industry, assist members to deliver quality programming for children with cancer and their families.


COCA’s Gold Ribbon Accreditation program provides camping and medical professionals suggested guidelines and standards that can improve programming, staff training, risk management strategies and medical policies to benefit a safe overall camp experience for kids with cancer and their families.


COCAcon 2024 Annual Conference

COCAcon is the official annual conference for COCA. Whether the conference is hosted in-person or virtually, it is the event where COCA members come together for face-to-face interaction, networking, community building, and continuing education on best practices in pediatric oncology camping and programs.

  • November 14-17, 2024
  • Davenport Grand Hotel, Spokane WA
  • Conference Rate $179-189/night
  • Book before Oct. 1 to guarantee room and rate

How You Can Help

Partnering with COCA offers a unique opportunity to support critical operations and programs that benefit pediatric oncology camping.

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