2024 SIBS camper applications will open January 15!

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.


  • SIBS Camp session 1: June 16 – 21 @ Camp Arroyo (Livermore, CA) Sponsored by The Taylor Family Foundation*
  • SIBS Camp session 2: June 23 – 29 @ Camp Taylor (Modesto, CA)
  • SIBS Camp session 3: July 1 – 6 @ Camp Taylor (Modesto, CA)

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

Children are eligible if they:

  • Have a brother or sister who has, has had, or has died from cancer
  • Are age 8-17 at the time of camp
  • Have consent of a parent or legal guardian
  • Complete the application process
  • Live in or patient was treated in Northern California/Nevada



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.

  • Every participant, 1 (one) year and older, is required present proof of a BIVALENT Booster vaccination given on or after September 1, 2022, two weeks before the start of their program.
  • The bivalent booster covers the two main strains of the COVID-19 virus and became available September 1, 2022. All booster doses given after September 1, 2022, meet the requirements.
  • If the Bivalent dose was your first Covid shot ever, then a second dose of the Bivalent vaccine is needed 6 months later.
  • If you got the Novavax or other alternative Covid vaccination, please provide details for review to enrollment@okizu.org.
  • All required vaccine doses must be given two weeks before the start date of the program.

In addition:

  • Onsite testing for COVID-19 will be administered to all participants aged 5 and up upon arrival at all in-person overnight programs.
  • Face coverings are not required for overnight programs. Okizu encourages participants to wear a face covering if they desire or start to feel unwell during the program.**** 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.*****

If you would like to receive additional information about Okizu, please call the office at 415.382.9083, or email enrollment@okizu.org.

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