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COVID-19 (Updated 04/05/2023)

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, which includes an original two-dose series and a bi-valent booster.

If you would like more information, please call the Okizu office or email You can also visit the CDC website at

Testing for COVID-19 will be expected to attend an in-person overnight 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.

**** 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.*****

Medical Staff

Medical supervision at all of our programs is overseen by the pediatric oncology departments from the participating hospitals. These professionals volunteer their time because they enjoy being with the children when they are not in the hospital setting and believe in the Okizu mission.

In the spring and in the fall, Okizu offers plenty of weekend-long Family Camps, each of which needs medical staff on-site at all times. Family Camp is a time when patients, their siblings, and their parents can enjoy a relaxing weekend away from home stresses and hospitals. It is a chance for folks to spend time together as a family, and also an opportunity for them to get to know other families dealing with childhood cancer.

In the summers, Okizu offers two one-week sessions of Oncology Camp and three one-week sessions of SIBS (Special and Important Brother and Sisters) Camp. We need a team of medical staff at each session of summer camp and we rely on our medical staff and other volunteers to make every session possible.

Dr. Kent Jolly, Okizu’s Medical Director, supervises the medical staff at all sessions of camp.

2023 Camp Dates

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