Summer Camp 2023 Dates and Locations

Welcome to Okizu!

For 42 years Camp Okizu has offered support programs to families who have a child diagnosed with cancer. Camp Okizu has become a second family and a home away from home for thousands of patients, siblings, and parents.

While we typically offer a variety of medically supervised residential camping programs throughout the year, we pivoted to online programming in 2020 and are currently planning to hold programs both in person and virtually in 2023.

IN-PERSON SLEEP-AWAY SUMMER SESSIONS FOR KIDS 8-17

  • Oncology Camp session 1: June 12 – 17 @ Camp Arroyo (Livermore, CA) Sponsored by The Taylor Family Foundation*
  • SIBS Camp session 1: June 19 – 23 @ Camp Arroyo (Livermore, CA) Sponsored by The Taylor Family Foundation*
  • Oncology Camp session 2: July 2– 7 @ Camp Taylor (Modesto, CA)
  • SIBS Camp session 2: July 9 – 14 @ Camp Taylor (Modesto, CA)
  • SIBS Camp session 3: July 16 – 21 @ Camp Taylor (Modesto, CA)

VIRTUAL SESSIONS FOR KIDS 6-17

  • Virtual dates to be announced at a later time.

*We would like to recognize The Taylor Family Foundation for sponsoring sessions of Camp Okizu this summer! The Taylor Family Foundation’s mission is to preserve the wellness and enhance the quality of life for children in Northern California with life-threatening and chronic illnesses, disabilities and youth at-risk through unique therapeutic experiences and support. For more information, visit us www.ttff.org, www.facebook.com/ttff.org.

2023 Family Camp Dates and Locations

Family Camp is a chance for the patient, siblings, and parents to come together with other families who are coping with the challenges of navigating the pediatric cancer world. Each session includes some family activity time as well as designated times for parents and kids to meet separately for some targeted peer support.

Spring Family Camp Dates

Family Camp 1: March 31 – April 2 @ Camp Campbell (Boulder Creek, CA) 

Family Camp 2: May 19 – 21 @ Camp Del Oro (Nevada City, CA)

Family Camp 3: May 26 – 29 @ Camp Arroyo (Livermore, CA) *Open only to families who are bereaved

Fall Family Camp Dates

Family Camp 4: August 11 – 14 @ Camp Del Oro (Nevada City, CA) 

Family Camp 5: August 18 – 20 at Camp Arroyo (Livermore, CA)

Family Camp 6: October 6 – 8 at CYO Camp (Occidental, CA)

Family Camp 7: October 20 – 22 at Camp Del Oro (Nevada City, CA)

COVID-19 INFORMATION (Updated 08/2022) 

Our medical team works hard every year to make camp as safe as possible for all our campers and our volunteers. They will continue to monitor current public health issues and we will update our safety protocols as is appropriate. At this time, Okizu is requiring all individuals attending an in-person session of camp be vaccinated against COVID-19. All attendees must be up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccines per CDC guidelines for their age group. If you would like more information, please call the Okizu office or email heather@okizu.org. You can also visit the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/specific-groups.html

Testing for COVID-19 will be expected to attend in-person program. At this time, our Medical Advisory Committee has stated it is too far in advance to determine the testing algorithm based on current infection rate. We will provide more information on testing requirements as we get closer to the in-person camp sessions.

Masks will be required for all campers and volunteer staff attending in-person programs while indoors, and when in close proximity outdoors when outside of designated cohorts.

**** All information presented above is subject to change with advice from our Medical Advisory Committee as the climate of COVID-19 is constantly changing. Okizu always prioritizes the safety of our campers and staff and we will continue to do so moving forward.*****