Time for your camp’s talent to own the spotlight.

No one knows your camp better than the staff and volunteers.

Showcase the incredible impact, creativity and innovation of your camp.

Demonstrate your expertise and leadership with an award that exemplifies your team’s immense talent. From integrated campaigns, to programming, social media and more, there are multiple award categories to highlight the unique impact team has had on your camp and campers. The Best COCA Awards rewards and feature the most creative, resourceful, impactful, of all your activities.

Enter Today! Entry Deadline October 1st 12:00 pm (Noon)

2024 Best of COCA

We encourage ALL current COCA member camps to make one or more entries for Best of COCA. Whether it is the coolest T-Shirt ever, a celebratory video, or that one photo that makes you grin with joy or perhaps brings a tear to your eye. Share it with the COCA community! And best of all, your camp might just win an award!

How Are Winning Entries Selected? How do you determine who wins? Great question. Each contest will select two winning entries: 1) a Gran Prix award, and 2) the Member’s Choice award.

Gran Prix Award

The winning entry of the Grand Prix award is selected by a team of judges with particular expertise in the contest subject.

Member’s Choice Awards – Camp Photo and Tee Shirt

Member’s Choice entries will be selected for a Camp Photo and a Tee Shirt award. The winning entry of the Member’s Choice Award is selected by a popular vote in which anyone can vote on this website. Voting Restriction: One vote per person per category.

Entry Deadline For All Categories: October 1st 12:00 pm (Noon)

The camp tee shirt competition for “Best of COCA” is an exciting event where you can showcase your camp’s creativity and design skills to create unique and eye-catching tee shirts that capture the essence of your camp. You are encouraged to submit designs that represent the spirit, values, or memorable experiences with your camp and COCA. The camp tee shirt competition fosters a sense of creativity, community engagement, and camp pride. It allows participants to leave a lasting mark on the camp’s history while providing an opportunity for them to showcase artistic abilities.


  • The Tee-Shirt you are submitting should have been created during 2024.
  • Upload an image representative of your Tee-Shirt where the form requests “Upload Your Image”. (This photo will serve as the thumbnail for your entry. You can also upload up to 3 additional images.)
  • Recommendation– Create a Supporting Document pdf file to promote your entry. (See suggestions below).
    • Content Suggestions
      • Brief description
      • Photos – front and back
      • Design Considerations
      • Cost of Production

Newsletters sent to parents, donors, families, volunteers, and other constituents are important for several key reasons:

Communication and Engagement: A newsletter serves as a vital communication tool for oncology camps to keep parents, donors, families, volunteers, and other constituents informed and engaged. A newsletter helps foster strong connections, build trust, and maintain ongoing engagement with the camp community.

Building Relationships: Newsletters build and nurture relationships with constituents. By sharing stories, updates, and personal experiences, camps create a sense of community and connection. Strong relationships with constituents can lead to increased support, advocacy, and volunteerism.

Impact and Success Stories: Show how you use your newsletter to share impactful stories, success stories, and milestones. By highlighting the camp’s achievements and the positive impact it has on the lives of pediatric oncology patients and their families, camps can inspire and motivate their constituents.

Donor and Volunteer Engagement: For any non-profit a great newsletter can play a crucial role in donor and volunteer engagement. By providing updates on how donations are being utilized, acknowledging contributions, and recognizing volunteer efforts, you demonstrate the importance of continued support and can help attract new donors and volunteers who are inspired by the camp’s work.

Suggestions

This award category require more description and narration, and the entry process is slightly different than Camp Photo and Camp Video.

Here are a few tips to consider when you select your particular contest:

  • Be Descriptive
  • Name your entry something catchy and memorable to make an impression on voters.
  • Each award includes these input boxs
  • What Should Voters Know?
  • Why Should You Vote for Me?

Take advantage of these inputs areas to fully describe your program, event, etc. Include as much information as possible. Consider addressing subjects like:

  • What You Did
  • Why It Worked
  • Description
  • Budget
  • Effectiveness
  • Testimonials

Don’t delay! Submit your promotional brochure to the Best of COCA competition. This is your chance to showcase the unique features,  captivating activities, and exceptional experiences your camp offers. By participating in this competition, you can share your camp’s story, inspire others, and potentially earn recognition for your outstanding promotional materials. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to stand out and make a lasting impression. Submit your camp’s promotional brochure today and let it shine in the spotlight of the Best of COCA competition!

Suggestions

This award category require more description and narration, and the entry process is slightly different than Camp Photo and Camp Video.

Here are a few tips to consider when you select your particular contest:

  • Be Descriptive
  • Name your entry something catchy and memorable to make an impression on voters.
  • Each award includes these input boxs
  • What Should Voters Know?
  • Why Should You Vote for Me?

Take advantage of these inputs areas to fully describe your program, event, etc. Include as much information as possible. Consider addressing subjects like:

  • What You Did
  • Why It Worked
  • Description
  • Budget
  • Effectiveness
  • Testimonials

Submit a camp photo(s) to “Best of COCA”. Why?

Recognition and Prestige: Showcase your camps photography skills and gain recognition within the camp community.

Celebrate Camp Memories: Capture and celebrate the unique moments, experiences, and memories created during the camp.

Showcase Camp Spirit and Identity: Display your camps spirit, values, and identity through photography.

Collaboration and Community Engagement: Foster a sense of community and collaboration among campers and staff. It encourages them to share their photos, appreciate each other’s work, and engage in discussions about the camp experience.

Also, it’s fun!


  • The maximum image file size is 20 MB
  • Up to 3 Best Photo entries per Camp
  • Allowed image file formats are .jpg, .jpeg, .gif, or .png

The best Impact Report or Annual Report of a non-profit pediatric oncology camp is significant for several reasons:

Transparency and Accountability: An Impact Report or Annual Report provides a comprehensive overview of the non-profit pediatric oncology camp’s activities, achievements, and impact.

Effective Communication: Non-profit organizations need to effectively communicate their mission, goals, and outcomes to stakeholders. A competition for the best report encourages organizations to present their information in a compelling and engaging manner. It drives them to refine their storytelling abilities, use data and visuals effectively, and convey their impact in a way that resonates with the audience.

Best Practices Sharing: Learn from each other and share best practices. Gain insights into innovative approaches, effective impact measurement strategies, and successful communication techniques. The exchange of knowledge and ideas contribute to the overall advancement of all COCA camps.

Submit your entry for the best Impact or Annual Report and play a vital role in promoting transparency, accountability, effective communication, learning, best practices sharing, and recognition. 

COCA camps, share your social media campaigns. Social media is an essential part of any communications strategy because it provides non-profits with a broad reach to engage and interact with a large audience. It is cost-effective compared to traditional advertising methods. Non-profits can deliver targeted messages to specific demographics or interest groups, increasing engagement and conversion. Social media facilitates community building by allowing real-time connections with supporters, fostering a sense of belonging. It also enables the sharing of impactful stories and visuals that resonate with the audience. Through social media, non-profits can interact directly with supporters, strengthening relationships and trust. They can drive specific actions like donations or volunteering and measure the effectiveness of their campaigns through analytics and insights. Overall, social media campaigns are crucial for non-profits to effectively communicate their mission, engage their audience, and achieve their goals.


Include platforms used by your campaign (e.g. Website, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube), Metrics (hits, likes, etc.), pictures, and samples of support materials.

Suggestions

This award category require more description and narration, and the entry process is slightly different than Camp Photo and Camp Video.

Here are a few tips to consider when you select your particular contest:

  • Be Descriptive
  • Name your entry something catchy and memorable to make an impression on voters.
  • Each award includes these input boxs
  • What Should Voters Know?
  • Why Should You Vote for Me?

Take advantage of these inputs areas to fully describe your program, event, etc. Include as much information as possible. Consider addressing subjects like:

  • What You Did
  • Why It Worked
  • Description
  • Budget
  • Effectiveness
  • Testimonials

By sharing your successful strategies, innovative campaigns, and effective tactics, you actively contribute to the strength and sustainability of the entire COCA network. Your submission will inspire and guide other camps in their fundraising efforts, amplifying the collective impact we can make for children with cancer. By sharing your expertise, you support the growth and success of other camps, enhance donor relationships, and increase visibility for your own camp. Join us in building a stronger COCA community by submitting your fundraising program today.

Suggestions

This award category require more description and narration, and the entry process is slightly different than Camp Photo and Camp Video.

Here are a few tips to consider when you select your particular contest:

  • Be Descriptive
  • Name your entry something catchy and memorable to make an impression on voters.
  • Each award includes these input boxs
  • What Should Voters Know?
  • Why Should You Vote for Me?

Take advantage of these inputs areas to fully describe your program, event, etc. Include as much information as possible. Consider addressing subjects like:

  • What You Did
  • Why It Worked
  • Description
  • Budget
  • Effectiveness
  • Testimonials

This contest is for Camp Activities that you offer during the course of a program. Activities may include horseback riding, Talent Show, Casino Night, Circus, etc. Specialty Programs are for broader programs such as Family Camp, Sibling Camp, etc.

Suggestions

This award category require more description and narration, and the entry process is slightly different than Camp Photo and Camp Video.

Here are a few tips to consider when you select your particular contest:

  • Be Descriptive
  • Name your entry something catchy and memorable to make an impression on voters.
  • Each award includes these input boxs
  • What Should Voters Know?
  • Why Should You Vote for Me?

Take advantage of these inputs areas to fully describe your program, event, etc. Include as much information as possible. Consider addressing subjects like:

  • What You Did
  • Why It Worked
  • Description
  • Budget
  • Effectiveness
  • Testimonials

This contest is for specialty programs such as Family Camp, Sibling Camp, Bereavement programs, etc.

Please note: this is different from Camp Activity, which are individual activities that you run over the course of a program

Suggestions

This award category require more description and narration, and the entry process is slightly different than Camp Photo and Camp Video.

Here are a few tips to consider when you select your particular contest:

  • Be Descriptive
  • Name your entry something catchy and memorable to make an impression on voters.
  • Each award includes these input boxs
  • What Should Voters Know?
  • Why Should You Vote for Me?

Take advantage of these inputs areas to fully describe your program, event, etc. Include as much information as possible. Consider addressing subjects like:

  • What You Did
  • Why It Worked
  • Description
  • Budget
  • Effectiveness
  • Testimonials

Attention all camps! We are excited to announce the Best of COCA Video competition, and we invite you to showcase your camp’s spirit and impact by submitting a captivating camp video. Highlight the unique experiences, inspiring moments, and incredible work your camp does for children with cancer. Share your camp’s story, connect with a wider audience, and potentially win recognition for your exceptional contributions. Don’t miss out on this chance to shine and inspire others. Submit your camp video today and let your camp’s magic unfold on the grand stage of the Best of COCA competition!

  • Camp promotional video or commercial published in 2024. (This does not include Camp week “yearbook” style videos.)
  • By submitting a video you are providing implied permission to post the video on COCA-I’s Youtube channel.
  • Your video submission will be by URL. Your video must be hosted on Youtube.

Volunteer recognition programs for oncology camps to honor and appreciate our incredible volunteers. How do you show your gratitude? Do you organize special events, present awards and certificates, highlight their stories in newsletters and on social media? Do you send heartfelt thank you notes and tokens of appreciation to remind them of their value? Do you recognize their milestones and offer training opportunities for personal growth? Volunteer recognition programs exist to express your deep appreciation and make your volunteers feel valued for their extraordinary dedication. Their selflessness brings hope and happiness to campers and their families.