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Our Mission is providing recreational opportunities and support for those children, and their families, surviving cancer.
It is our belief that all people, regardless of their individual circumstances, flourish through recreational activities.
Camp Watcha-Wanna-Do began in 1992 as a one-week resident camp for 38 children surviving cancer. In less than three years, over 100 kids a week were hiking, swimming and playing their way from the worries of cancer. We are also a long-standing member of Children’s Oncology Camping Association International, which allows for networking and program expansion opportunities and helps in providing a safe and memorable experience for campers.
From the day camp is over, Camp Watcha-Wanna-Do campers are already looking forward to next summer’s week of fun—and normalcy. The campers have lived through cancer and the aftermath of physical and emotional concerns; they know they are just a little bit different from the other kids. Here at Camp Watcha-Wanna-Do, each camper experiences seven days of freedom and acceptance.
In the fellow cancer survivors, campers find friends who understand the disease, but rise above it, unhindered and are able to do anything they want to do. Watcha-Wanna-Do? Do it all at camp!
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Special Events: Hot-Air Balloon Rides, Hayrides, Canoe Trips and More
After that list, we know the kids are excited at the possibility of spending a week away from home, or the hospital. But we want parents to know that camp is a home away from home, and is just as safe. All programs are medically supervised with pediatric oncology nurses present at all times.
When needed, a pediatric hematologist/oncologist is available and children may receive their medical treatment at camp as appropriate. All counselors and staff receive additional training to best meet the special needs of the cancer patients. As a concerned parent, rest and relax knowing your child is safe and protected. The campers are having a wonderful time making memories and creating a positive change in their outlook and attitude.
Camp programs are free to participants and held at YMCA Camp Potawotami, surrounded by woods, meadows, lowlands and Blackman Lake. The camp is offered for children ages 7 through high school graduation, and each camper is able to bring a sibling along for the week they are at camp.
Camp Watcha-Wanna-Do is a member of a national association called Children's Oncology Camping Association, Intl. (COCA-I). We have the opportunity to network and share ideas with camps across the country and internationally. There is an annual conference that we attend and there are educational/networking opportunities throughout the year. Check out their website for more information! www.cocai.org
We are also considered a KOA Care Camp as they are one of the organizations that help to fund camp and raise awareness for our mission. To look at the impact that they have made on our camp and others go to www.koacarecamps.org