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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
  • 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.*****

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.

2024 Camp Dates

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