CCS adapting to COVID-19 realities to support Canadians during and after the pandemic
To best protect the health, safety and well-being of our campers, volunteers and staff during COVID-19, we have made the very difficult decision to suspend our traditional in-person summer programs this season.
Instead, we are pleased to offer Goodtimes at Home, an online platform to bring our camp community to your home and provide peer-to-peer connection through activities and challenges.
Since 1988, Camp Goodtimes has been a summer haven for New Brunswick children who have cancer or have had cancer. It brings them together for a week of fun, adventure and friendships in a safe, medically supervised environment. Camp Goodtimes is open to children aged 7–12. A Junior Leadership Program offers unique leadership development opportunities to teens aged 13–16. All children and teens can bring a guest at no cost.
The Canadian Cancer Society is proud to recognize New Brunswick Masonic Charities and Housing Ltd. for their long-standing support of Camp Goodtimes. The Masons have been sponsoring Camp Goodtimes for more than last 30 years.
Camp Goodtimes is an accredited member of the Children's Oncology Camping Association, International (COCA-I). COCA-I is an international collaboration of independently operating children’s oncology camping organizations. The association is committed to ensuring that every child affected by childhood cancer has the opportunity for a safe, first-class pediatric oncology camping experience.
This year’s camp will be a virtual camp taking place in partnership with Brigadoon Village July 27th-30th, 2020. For more information about dates and registration, contact toll free 1-888-471-5666, press 2 for the Village, then ext. 221 or visit www.campgoodtimes.org.
Family Camp Goodtimes
Family Camp Goodtimes, funded by KOA Care Camps (www.koacarecamps.org), is a new program for New Brunswick families who have a child living with or beyond cancer. It was especially designed for families who may not feel ready to participate in a week long camp. It gives families a chance to meet new friends, try new things, reconnect with nature and walk away with new memories to cherish. Families have the option to participate in as much or as little as they choose. There are activities for all ages including opportunities for parents to socialize with other parents and join in too! Visit www.campgoodtimes.org for more information on family camps.
Great progress has been made
Some cancers, such as thyroid and testicular, have survival rates of over 90%. Other cancers, such as pancreatic, brain and esophageal, continue to have very low survival rates.