Our next camp for children with cancer and their siblings will take place from November 9 till November 11, 2018 at Stay Okay Heeg in the province of Friesland, up in the North of the Netherlands. The organizing team met this week to finalize the program for this weekend. The theme is Living with and after childhood cancer.
On the program we have among others a get-to-know-each-other quizz, a workshop Stop Motion, a boat trip on the lake near Heeg, a workshop with a psycho-drama therapist and a music workshop. On Saturday evening the group will go to a dance in the oub nearby, somehting some of them never have done before due to their illness.
The team is expecting 28 participants.
We wil provide an update with photo's later, after the weekend.
This year's camp for children with cancer in the age of 6-12 years had the theme 'Mission Impossible'. 36 children came to camping De Oldemeijer in the weekend of June 8-12, 2018: children with cancer, children after treatment and siblings.
'My brother Julian and I joined the camp for the second time. We could forget about the illness and the side effects of treatment and everybody could take part in the games and activities ans simpy play and enjoy.'
It was a weekend full of spies, 007, codes that needed to be cracked, evening searches and a lot of joy and laughter!
'Unfortunatly time was flying so fast....our parents were there again to pick us up while we were still playing spies.......but we are looking forward to next year!'
'Our son had an incredible camp....and of course wants to become a spy when he has grown up ;-) Thank you so much, VOKK, for this amazing weekend. It made him forget about the hospital, the treatment and everything. He simply could be a 7 year old boy, and not a cancer patient.'
From 23-25 of March 28 teenagers with cancer and their siblings came together at StayOkay Soest 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.
Our last 2017 camp for children with cancer was held from October 13-15 at the StayOkay in woods of Arnhem. 25 young people from 18-25 years who have or had cancer and siblings attended this weekend.
Like in all our camps they shared experiences, did all kind of workhops to learn to cope with their (sibling´s) illnes or late effects, had fun and made friends. The cherry on the cake was the night out on Saturday evening. Many of these young people never go to a disco because of their social limitations
`The 18+ camp is truly fantastic. Great bonding between the partipants. I enjoyed every moment,It was my first camp but I felt very welcome in the group! Next year again!´
Since our last project report, three months ago, there have been no camps. But we haven't done nothing. We been busy preparing our next camp that will take place in the weekend of 13-15 October at the StayOkay in Arnhem. The program is settled and the workshops have been prepared.
Invitations have been sent and currently we have 20 participants, children with cancer, chidren that have had cancer, siblings of children with cancer and bereaved siblings, aged 12-18 years. This is always a good mix that works out very well.
We hope to soon add a report of this actual camp that without any doubt again will be a great success.
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