Join us on November 8 to kick off our fifth year of creating incredible camp experiences for children affected by cancer with delicious food and drinks, a fabulous silent auction, our second annual Friend For Life award, and gorgeous views of downtown Boston.Read More
Our first-ever movie-themed Day Camp for childhood cancer patients & survivors was a huge success! Thank you to our campers, volunteers, and families for a fantastic week! From Pixar Day's "UP!" Balloon Lift to Spy Day's secret codes to Pirates & Mermaids Day's mermaid races, this week was jam-packed full of fun.Read More
Our brand-new Camp Casco Day Camp Experience at LINX Camps kicks off on Monday, July 2. From arts & crafts to water fights, field games to our 4th of July Family Day, it's going to be a fabulous week of fun! If you're dying for hints on what's to come, you've come to the right place!Read More
Thank you to our dear friends at Expect Miracles Foundation and KOA Care Camps! Both organizations have chosen to fund our work for the third consecutive year. We are so grateful for their support. Read more for details!Read More
Homesickness is incredibly common when children of any age attend sleep-away camp - it can happen whether it’s your child’s first summer or tenth! Here are some tips and tricks for parents that have been shown to decrease homesickness and maximize your child’s time at camp.Read More
At Camp Casco, we encourage kindness, respect, and positivity through our points and reward system, through our cabin team-building exercises, and through our camp counselors who serve as positive role models at all times. But we can’t do it alone— we ask for parents' help in ensuring that camp remains a safe place for all. Here are some ways to help us prevent bullying before it starts.Read More
Theme days are a wonderful way to show off your camp spirit! This year, our camp theme is Lights, Camera, Action. You may see some of your camp counselors or cabin-mates dressed up in crazy outfits for different theme days, and you can bet that our daily activities will go with each day’s theme. Read on to learn about our theme days for each camp session!Read More
In all honesty, this blog post has been a long time coming, but it’s been harder than I can express to sit down and write it. It strays from our typical blogs, in which we strive to remain positive and uplifting, and touches upon bereavement and how we’re coping with a difficult loss in our camp family. That said, our dear camper and friend Ellen Erickson brought so much joy and love to so many of us at camp, that we feel both a privilege and an obligation to share her story. I sincerely thank Head Counselor & Volunteer Manager Victoria “Scout” Valencia for helping put Ellen's impact into words.Read More
SUDBURY, MA. -- December 1, 2017 --- Camp Casco, a nonprofit organization offering free camp experiences for childhood cancer patients and survivors, presented Stephen Sallan, M.D., a Dana-Farber Cancer Institute pediatric oncologist, with its first annual Friend For Life award at the Campfires and Cocktails annual benefit. The “Friend for Life” award recognizes an outstanding individual who has greatly impacted the childhood cancer community. Dr. Sallan is a leader in his field, through his work progressing the treatment of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), the most common form of pediatric cancer and a disease that affects many of Camp Casco’s campers.
“I am honored and humbled to be a Friend for Life,” said Dr. Sallan, upon receipt of the award at the Campfires and Cocktails fundraiser. “We all know what the scourge of cancer is. We have lived it our whole lives. Our mission is to diminish the surgeon of cancer. And an organization such as this is the elongated shadow of its leader and [co-founder and CEO] Erin, you certainly cast a large shadow.”
Dr. Sallan is a pediatric oncologist at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Boston Children's Hospital, professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and Chief of Staff Emeritus at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. He has dedicated his career to improving long-term outcomes for children and young adults affected by ALL. Dr Sallan’s therapy treatments offer less toxic options and have improved childhood cancer survival rates.
“The passion Dr. Sallan puts into his research and treatments for pediatric cancer patients is admirable,” said Erin Stern, co-founder and CEO, Camp Casco. “Approximately 20 percent of children with leukemia cannot be treated by current therapies and Dr. Sallan is committed to finding them a less toxic treatment. He is an invaluable member of the childhood cancer community and we are thrilled to name him Camp Casco’s Friend for Life.”
“Dr. Sallan was unanimously selected to be the inaugural Friend For Life award winner because he epitomizes Camp Casco’s value of striving to improve the lives of pediatric oncology patients and survivors,” said Dr. Michael Goldberg co-founder and board member, Camp Casco. “Dr. Sallan has dedicated his career to patient care and to scientific research. He has won numerous awards, including the James Carreras Prize for International Pediatrician of the Year and ASCO’s Pediatric Oncology Award and Lecture and was clearly an excellent choice.”