We are a non-profit organization with a mission to strengthen, support and connect the international community of camps serving individuals and families affected by childhood cancer. In 1982, C.O.C.A., Children’s Oncology Camps of America was founded by fourteen pioneer oncology camps. The personnel from these fourteen camps found the lives of children with cancer were immeasurably enhanced by camping. Noting their similar experiences, these visionary souls believed a forum should be created to share their ideas and experiences. That original group of 14 camps became what is now known as the Children’s Oncology Camping Association (COCA), which currently consists of 129 member camps from within the United States and Canada.

In 1996, C.O.C.A. officially changed its name to Children’s Oncology Camping Association, International, to incorporate the camps outside of the United States.

 

Vision

To be the leader in serving camps for children with cancer and their families.

 

Mission

To strengthen, support and connect the international community of camps serving individuals and families affected by childhood cancer.

 

How We Do It

  • Organize the Annual COCA Conference
  • Promote Networking between COCA Member Camps
  • Administer and Improve the COCA Gold Ribbon Camp program
  • Provide and Promote Educational Opportunities
  • Exhibit at Professional Conferences
  • Present COCA Research at Professional Conferences

 

COCA Governance

  • Articles of Incorporation
  • Bylaws
  • Code of Conduct
  • Form 990EZ

These governance documents are available upon written request.