2022 SIBS camper applications are now available!

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Welcome to Okizu’s SIBS (Special and Important Brothers and Sisters) program.

Our SIBS Camp offers traditional camp activities aimed at developing self-esteem and fostering a sense of community and understanding. SIBS Camp allows children to feel valued and gives them the opportunity to meet peers coping with the difficult emotions that accompany having a sibling with cancer.

This year we are excited to offer both in-person and virtual programs. We will be holding three one-week sessions of SIBS camp and one session of virtual SIBS camp.

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

  • SIBS Camp session 1: July 11 – 16 @ Community of the Great Commission (Foresthill, CA)
    • For more information on this site visit CGC
  • SIBS Camp session 2: July 18 – 23 @ Community of the Great Commission (Foresthill, CA)
    • For more information on this site visit CGC
  • SIBS Camp session 3: August 15 – 21 @ Camp Arroyo (Livermore, CA)

VIRTUAL SESSIONS FOR KIDS 6-17

  • Virtual SIBS Camp session: July 25 – 27

Children are eligible if they:

  • Have a brother or sister who has, has had, or has died from cancer
  • Live in, or their sibling receives treatment in Northern California
  • Are age 8-17 at the time of camp (for in-person sessions)
  • Are age 6-17 at the time of camp (for virtual sessions)
  • Have consent of a parent or legal guardian
  • Complete the application process

COVID-19

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, email heather@okizu.org or 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.*****