Welcome to Okizu!

For 43 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.

Summer Camp 2024 Dates and Locations

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

  • Oncology Camp session 1: June 10 – 14 @ Camp Arroyo (Livermore, CA) Sponsored by The Taylor Family Foundation*
  • SIBS Camp session 1: June 16 – 21 @ Camp Arroyo (Livermore, CA) Sponsored by The Taylor Family Foundation*
  • SIBS Camp session 2: June  24 – 29 @ Camp Taylor (Modesto, CA)
  • SIBS Camp session 3: July 1–  6 @ Camp Taylor (Modesto, CA)
  • Oncology Camp session 2: July 8 – 13 @ Camp Taylor (Modesto, CA)

Registration will open January 15th and close two weeks before the start date of each program.

*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.

2024 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

April 5 – 7 at Camp Campbell (TRACK 2)

May 10 – 12 at CYO Camp (TRACK 1) – Open only to families who are bereaved

Fall Family Camp Dates

August 8 – 11 at CYO Camp (TRACK 1)

August 16 – 18 at Camp Del Oro (TRACK 1)

August 30 – September 2 at Camp Del Oro (TRACK 1)

September 20 – 22 at Camp Arroyo (TRACK 1) – Open only to families with brain tumor diagnosis

Registration will close two weeks before the start date of each program.

2024 Teens-N-Twenties (TNT) Dates and Locations

For campers who are 18-25 and too old to attend summer camp, we offer the TNT program. This weekend-long program is for older teen and young adult patients and siblings to have an opportunity to enjoy the support and friendship of the Okizu experience even after they have aged out of summer camp.

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2024 Bereaved Teen Program Dates and Locations

In their everyday lives, it is so rare for a teenager to meet someone their own age who has lost a sibling to cancer. Our bereaved teen program provides teens and young adults, ages 13 – 25, the opportunity to bond with a group in their own age range who share the experience of losing a brother or sister to cancer can be extremely healing.

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2024 Family One-Day Events – Dates and Locations

Learn more about our programs and connect with other families affected by childhood cancer at our one-day picnic events. Pack a lunch for your family and come have fun with Okizu at a picnic space near you!

  • April 14 @ Camp Arroyo (Livermore, CA)
  • May 18 @ Private Residence (Elk Grove, CA)
  • August 24 @ Private Residence (Elk Grove, CA)

2024 COVID-19 VACCINATION POLICY

To preserve Okizu’s focus on creating safe environments for our most vulnerable campers, while also providing our program to as many folks are possible, we are creating a two-track model for the 2024 camp season:

• Track 1: COVID vaccinations are not required but highly recommended.

• Track 2: Up to date COVID vaccinations* are required. Track 2 requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination given on or after September 12, 2023. This applies to all campers and staff choosing to attend those sessions.

Okizu has designated one session of each program (Family Camp, Oncology Camp, and SIBS Camp) as Track 2 and these sessions will require proof of COVID-19 vaccinations given on or after September 12, 2023.

 

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