Coping with childhood cancer: Where to turn for emotional support

Coping with childhood cancer: Where to turn for emotional support

The diagnosis of a childhood cancer is often shocking, and can change a family's dynamics, routines, and entire home life overnight. While there's no quick fix to solve the many challenges of surviving childhood cancer, we're glad to know of several wonderful support services available to help your family through the rigors of treatment and beyond.

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Expect Miracles at our Family Resource Fair!

Expect Miracles at our Family Resource Fair!

Fortunately for college-bound kids, there are a number of college scholarships available for childhood cancer patients and survivors across the nation. Fortunately for you, the organization behind one of these wonderful scholarships will be joining us at our Family Resource Fair, just in time for their 2017 application deadline!

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We really "like" this committee!

We really "like" this committee!

Our Marketing team has the huge responsibility of communicating everything going on in our organization to the general public - between fundraisers, new events, camp enrollment, amazing donations, and organizational growth, we keep them pretty busy! It's so important to us to communicate these updates to our network while staying true to our mission and our brand. We truly could not do this without the hard work of this incredible committee!

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Meet The Family (Outreach Committee)!

Meet The Family (Outreach Committee)!

Our slogan - Fun for a Week, Support for Life - represents Camp Casco's commitment to not only provide an amazing week of camp each summer, but also to provide sources of emotional support for families affected by childhood cancer throughout the year. Between free family socials, clinic visits, information sessions, and finding opportunities to share, this team is constantly looking for new ways to support our camp families.

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Our Finance Committee warms our heart!

Our Finance Committee warms our heart!

On cold winter days like this, it's amazing individuals like our Finance Committee members who warm our heart. They work closely with every committee as well as our Board of Directors to ensure that every dollar we receive is put to the best use. From creating our annual and project budgets to tracking the generous gifts we receive throughout the year, this team plays such an essential role in our organization, we don't know what we would do without them!

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Happy Voluntine's Month to our Camp Planning team!

Happy Voluntine's Month to our Camp Planning team!

As a younger organization, you can imagine how much it meant to us to learn that multiple campers refer to Camp Casco as "home." Imagine the safety, the comfort, the nurturing environment that a child must feel in order to associate any given place with the ideals of "home." This is what Camp Casco has created in just two years of camp, and it's thanks to the incredible efforts of our second Voluntine of the month, our amazingly talented Camp Planning team.

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Guess which committee we're granting our first Voluntine to!

Guess which committee we're granting our first Voluntine to!

Is there any better time of the year than February to tell your loved ones how much you care? We absolutely adore our volunteers, who give so much of their time and energy throughout the year to make our organization possible. Last year, we declared February 11 “Voluntine’s Day” to highlight the amazing individuals who work tirelessly for Camp Casco. This year, we’re declaring February Voluntine’s MONTH!

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Three ways to get to know Camp Casco on 1/22!

We love getting to know our community and spreading the word about Camp Casco. We have lots of events lined up over the next few months to help us do this, but Sunday, January 22 is extra-special, as we have not one, or two, but three events taking place! Near, far, wherever you are, we hope you'll attend one to learn more about camp and help us reach more kids who can benefit this year.

1 - Sudbury Camp Fair

11:00am - 2:00pm
Lincoln Sudbury Regional High School
390 Lincoln Road Sudbury, MA, 01776 United States

Please join us and bring the kids – Admission is FREE! If you're in the neighborhood, please stop by and say hi!
 

2- Free Family Social: Climb with Camp Casco

12:00pm - 2:00pm
Central Rock Gym
74 Acton Street Watertown, MA, 02472 United States

Escape the cold and join Camp Casco for a fun day of indoor rock climbing at Central Rock Gym! All past, current, and interested camp families are invited to attend. This complimentary event is provided by Camp Casco and the Northeastern Climbing Team, who have kindly volunteered to help facilitate this event!

To ensure that we have enough belayers for our group size, please register no later than Sunday, January 15.

Past & current Camp Casco families, please register for this free event here. Prospective camp families, please contact Erin (erin@campcasco.org) to receive a special access code!
 

3- Virtual Info Session with Lo

8:00pm - 9:00pm
Facebook Live

Krystin "Lo" Whitacre, Camp Director

Krystin "Lo" Whitacre, Camp Director

Join Camp Casco for our first-ever Virtual Information Session with Camp Director, Krystin "Lo" Whitacre! She'll be using Facebook Live to give you an idea of what it's like to attend Camp Casco.  Topics will include our daily activities, the campsite, our 2017 camp theme, meals, and more! Plus, live participants will get the chance to ask Lo any questions about camp and get answers on the spot. Tune into our Facebook page to attend!

Not able to tune in live? No problem! You'll still be able to watch the video of the information session on our Facebook page after it takes place.

Camp Casco partners with LINX Camps to unite siblings in 2017!

Camp Casco is committed to creating amazing camp experiences that build lifelong connections for children with cancer and their families. We provide a life-changing week of sleep-away summer camp for childhood cancer patients and survivors ages 7-17 each August in the Berkshires. Applications are available now on our website!

Our dear friends at The LINX Companies are big supporters of our mission to build lifelong connections between children affected by cancer. In 2017, we are excited to team up with LINX to take our mission one step further by offering something special for siblings. LINX has generously offered to provide a similar camp experience to build community and character for our wonderful siblings. If you're among the first to submit your eligible child's application to Camp Casco 2017, your camper's sibling will receive one free week of day camp at LINX Camps!

Be one of the first 10 families to apply to Camp Casco 2017, and your camper's sibling can attend LINX General Camps from 7/3/17 - 7/7/17, completely free-of-cost. This includes camp, bussing and lunch, valued at $795.00. LINX General Camps offer a traditional summer day camp experience, where campers explore fun camp activities under the guidance and supervision of expert instructors and dedicated counselors. Campers are placed in age-appropriate groups and travel with their groups from activity to activity. Traditional camp activities may include sports, archery, canoeing, fishing, rock climbing, games, swimming, and more!

Offer applies to week of 7/3/17 - 7/7/17 only. Offer is good for one free week for one sibling per family, who must be 3-13 years old on 7/3/17. This offer is non-transferable between families and may not be applied to the child who plans to attend Camp Casco. Information on how to redeem the free week of LINX Camps will be provided to the first 10 families to complete their eligible child's application to Camp Casco 2017.

2017 Camper Applications: What To Know!

A new year is upon us, and we can't wait to kick it off by opening up applications for our 2017 camp session. We've made some changes to our enrollment process, so here are some helpful tips about what's changed and what you can expect!

1- We've added an application fee.

It's true - effective in 2017, we've added a $100 application fee to apply to Camp Casco. This fee is the only cost associated with attending Camp Casco, represents a fraction of the $1800 it costs to send one child to camp, and helps us to continue to provide our camp year after year. However, the application fee is automatically waived for all who apply by March 15, 2017, so we strongly encourage each family to apply early!

2- The application has been significantly shortened.

We've trimmed down our application quite a bit, hoping to make it even easier and faster for families to fill out. Returning families who used our CampDoc system in 2016 will find that the application takes just a few minutes to update and submit! Those who are new to CampDoc or choose to apply by paper will still find a significantly shorter application that we hope will make it easy to apply early.

3- Free home visits will be offered to all applicants in 2017!

Trouble filling out the application, or not sure Camp Casco is right for your child? Let us answer any questions you and your child may have about camp and help you decide if our camp is a good fit. We offer phone calls and home visits at your convenience to make it as easy as possible for interested families to learn more in a comfortable setting. These are offered at no cost and will be available to both returning and new families! We feel this extra opportunity for face time is a great opportunity for us to learn more about your child's needs, and to provide more hands-on assistance with the application process.

Ready to apply?

Applications are available now on our website. To learn more about our application process, check out our new How To Apply page! If you have any questions, or would like to schedule your home visit or phone call, don't hesitate to contact us anytime. Happy New Year!

Three great ways to give more smiles this holiday season!

Camp Casco gives kids affected by cancer smiles, self-esteem, and support.

You can help spread smiles this holiday season by sending more kids to Camp Casco in 2017! We've listed a few ways you can support our mission below, and #1 won't even cost you a dime. Give the gift of camp, and give local kids affected by cancer unforgettable experiences and lifelong friendships.
 

1. Use AmazonSmile while you shop!

With Black Friday and Cyber Monday quickly approaching, consider shopping on behalf of Camp Casco! You can now give 0.5% of every Amazon purchase you make to Camp Casco at no additional cost to you, simply by signing up for AmazonSmile.

Visit www.smile.amazon.com to sign up, and select "Camp Casco" when choosing your charity. Whenever you shop through Amazon, 0.5% of your purchase will go to Camp Casco to help provide a free summer camp for local kids with cancer. Just make sure to always sign in to Amazon through www.smile.amazon.com to make sure each purchase you make qualifies.


2. Join us on December 16 for Terrarium Night at UNO!

Join us for a fun night out making terrariums and promoting a great cause! Your ticket will include all the supplies to make a beautiful terrarium that you can place in your office, home or even use as a gift during the holiday season. We've also got some great raffle prizes lined up for a few lucky winners to take home! Tickets for the event are only $30 per person & can be purchased here. (Tweet the event with #cactiforcampcasco at the time of ticket purchase to save 10%!)

Can't make it? Eat at UNO Pizzeria in Kenmore Square anytime on December 16, and UNO will donate 20% of food and drink sales all day for dine-in or take-out customers who show this flyer.


3. Donate to Camp Casco this #GivingTuesday!

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving, celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday. #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. This November 29, please consider giving to Camp Casco! All donations received now through 11:59 PM on Giving Tuesday will be entered to win a "hero" bracelet made especially for Camp Casco by Etsy's The Mindful Manatee!

What makes Camp Casco so magical?

What makes Camp Casco so magical?

"For me, the most magical part of camp is seeing the new-coming campers getting off the bus... they're a little apprehensive and maybe nervous... In a matter of hours, they're having a great time and you know that they're leaving camp with the best friends. There's really nothing more magical than being able to watch it happen in front of your eyes, and know that they have best friends for life." - Camp Director Krystin "Lo" Whitacre

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Meet our 2016 Camp Counselors!

It takes a lot to make Camp Casco such a special place. Each year is only possible with the help of a dedicated team that is willing to carry out our mission of providing fun for a week and support for life for all of our campers.

Over the next few weeks leading up to our 2016 camp session, we’ll be introducing all of our camp counselors, as well as the camp planning committee and med shed team on the Camp Casco Instagram page. Each entry includes special details such as each counselor’s name, what they’re excited about at this year’s camp, and some special memories of their own. Head over to instagram.com/campcasco or look us up at @campcasco on Instagram to see who we’ve already introduced, and make sure to follow us so you never miss an update. We have an awesome group of counselors, med shed experts, and planning committee members we can’t wait for you to meet!