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Yearly camps for 80 children with cancer age 6-18

by Dutch Childhood Cancer Parent Organisation (VOKK)
Yearly camps for 80 children with cancer age 6-18
Yearly camps for 80 children with cancer age 6-18
Yearly camps for 80 children with cancer age 6-18
Yearly camps for 80 children with cancer age 6-18
Yearly camps for 80 children with cancer age 6-18
Yearly camps for 80 children with cancer age 6-18
Yearly camps for 80 children with cancer age 6-18
Yearly camps for 80 children with cancer age 6-18
Yearly camps for 80 children with cancer age 6-18
Yearly camps for 80 children with cancer age 6-18
Yearly camps for 80 children with cancer age 6-18
Yearly camps for 80 children with cancer age 6-18
Yearly camps for 80 children with cancer age 6-18
Yearly camps for 80 children with cancer age 6-18

Zoo Camp

Last night we played the Animal Sound Game in the forest. We had to search for animals in the correct order of the cards we were given. If you found the animal that made the sound, you would get a letter. In the end you could make a word with those letters.
When we went to bed, Mister Yummie told us a story. Mister Yummie is a stuffed animal. I really enjoyed that so much!
The next morning we woke up very early. We started talking and wanted Mister Yummie to come to us. Then one of the supervisors said that Mister Yummie would be coming, but unfortunately we didn't see him. Then the supervisors came to wake us with morning gymnastics. But we were already awake! It was so much fun and we gave our best at all the excercises.
After breakfast we went to the zoo. We spent our morning there and in the afternoon we went to Yucatan. We could climb and climb there; it was so much fun! When we were done climbing we al ate icecream.

After eating icecream we played pirates with Diede. When we were all very tired, we went back to the camp to eat pancakes. I was so tired i fell asleep in the car.


In the evening we did a very fun game! I enjoyed the whole camp very much


Ellis, 8 years old

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Hello, I am Maaike,

I am 16 years old and I have been participating in this 12+ camp since I was 12 years old.
Again this year it was certainly a successful camp, with very nice new friendly people.

The first evening was different from other years, the well-known VOKK quiz was not there, but that did not stop us from having a good time and getting to know new people. The second day of course started early again, in the morning we had a workshop about trust, then everyone went to change clothes to leave for a fort, where we were then divided into 3 groups. One group went climbing over a rope bridge. The other group went sliding across the water and the third group had to dodge land mines in the form of a fun game. Then we continued to run and each group went on to do a different assignment.
For dinner we had a great BBQ time. Around 9 o'clock we had a Karaoke night and I it was really nice.
We went to bed around 12 o'clock. At least that is what the supervisors thought, which we kept awake.
We had a nice breakfast together in an other building. When we returned, we were told what we were going to do this day; a workshop by Stijn Fransen, VOKK's ambassador. We got a workshop acting apiece from an episode of Spangas. Afterwards we had a dance class, which was quite spicy but was super fun.

I definitely enjoyed this weekend and looking forward to next year!

Maaike

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38 children came to this year's camp for children with cancer (and siblings) aged 6-12. They stayed from 24-26 May 2019 at De Oldemeijer campsite in Rheeze.

The comments below after the camp say enough ...

"Our kids went for the first time, they enjoyed it. They are now lying on the couch before the pampus. Very valuable and definitely worth repeating. Thanks to your volunteers, how special that you are committed to so many!"

"Our son was with us for the first time this year and had a great weekend. He hopes to come again next year and then with his brother, because he is old enough to be allowed to come. Thanks to all volunteers!"

"Julia and Fenna were there again and they will be back next year! On the way back they were asleep within 10 minutes, we can never do that J Thanks for all the good care, enthusiasm and commitment."

"Thank you so much for a great weekend! Merel, Pepijn and Jet have had the time of their lives! They are full of wonderful stories. Really fantastic how you organized it. Next year they would like to come again.. they went to sleep tonight with a smile ...again thank you very much...it was great."

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From 15-17 of March 36 teenagers with cancer and their siblings came together at StayOkay Utrecht/Bunnik for their annual VOKK-weekend camp. Our camp offers them a chance to enjoy outdoor fun and adventure in a safe, caring environment. And to us it is great seeing young people with cancer and their siblings laugh, dance, make friends, push their limits and just be kids.
 
The weekend started off with a get-to-know-each-other workshop. During the weekend the group bonded more and more during several workshops, group games, a hike, camp fires, singing, story telling anf of course breakfast, lunches, dinner and a barbecue. 
Camp is one of the highlights of the year for many children! They meet other patients and siblings and discover that they are not the only one in this situation. By stepping out off their comfort zone, they learn  that there is more than childhood cancer and its side effects.
They make friends and exchange social media accounts. And on Sunday, when it's time to go home, almost all youngsters have marked the dates for next year's camp in their diaries.

Our staff and volunteers are fully qualified and trained to meet the unique needs of young people affected by cancer. They have the skills and the heart to make camp a memorable and fun experience.




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From November 9 till November 11, 2018, we had our camp for children (12-18 yrs) with and after cancer, and their siblings at Stay Okay Heeg in the province of Friesland, up in the North of the Netherlands, with the theme 'Living with and after childhood cancer'.

On the program were among others a "get-to-know-each-other quizz", a workshop "Stop Motion", a boat trip on traditional sailing ship on the Hegemer Meer and Fluessen (lakes near Heeg), a workshop with a psycho-drama therapist and a Djembé workshop.
On Saturday evening the group went out to a dance in Het Oude Vat (The Old Barrel), a pub in Heeg - somehting that some of them never had done before due to their illness or the late effects of their treatment. And although it was November we could still have an outside barbecue.
We also had a short remembrance ceremony for the chldren that have passed away.

There were all in all 26 participants with 8 camp staff members.

As always it was a great weekend where the kids shared emotions and experiences. Some of them learned to trust others again after the life changing event that childhood cancer is. And of course they had a lot of fun too.

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Dutch Childhood Cancer Parent Organisation (VOKK)

Location: Nieuwegein, Utrecht - Netherlands
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Twitter: @vokk_nl
Project Leader:
Patty Brouwer
Nieuwegein, Utrecht Netherlands

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