Camp offers kids with cancer and their families a chance to enjoy summer

25 July 2018

Bailey Sanguin, who lives in Vancouver, was 9 years old when he was diagnosed with leukemia. His family decided to visit Camp Goodtimes together that summer. Bailey remembers his experience fondly and was happy his parents had a chance to relax and unwind.

Camp Goodtimes is a safety-focused, medically supervised fun and recreational experience for children and youth with cancer and their families. Since 1985, Camp Goodtimes has been committed to providing a camping experience for children affected by cancer. Camp Goodtimes has grown from assisting 25 children in its first year, to providing a supportive and fun camping experience for almost 600 children and family members each year.

Bailey and his family had the chance to connect with other people who understood what they were going through. They met volunteers who did everything they could to make sure that everyone was having a great time.

After his experience, Bailey, now 21, decided to give back by becoming a regular volunteer at Camp Goodtimes. Over a decade later, he returns every summer.

“It’s amazing to be on the other side of things and be there for these kids, I can’t get enough of it,” Bailey said. “Seeing the kids in your cabin grow, year after year, and being the best part of their summer, it’s just amazing.”

It's thanks to generous Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) donors that children, youth and their families are able to attend Camp Goodtimes at no cost. CCS operates camps in British Columbia, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island to help offer children and youth with cancer and their families a camp experience.

You can help create lasting memories for children with cancer who attend summer camp by purchasing Camp Essentials as a gift for a loved one.