HOW WE CAN HELP

Child, youth and young adult supports

We offer year-round programs and supports for children and young adults who have been diagnosed with cancer, as well as their families.

To best protect the health, safety and well-being of our campers, volunteers and staff during COVID-19, we have suspended in-person programs. Please visit campgoodtimes.org for up-to-date information on when we will be offering in-person programs again. 

We are currently offering programs to provide support, connection and laughter virtually through Goodtimes at Home.

Our programs support children and youth on their cancer journey

The Canadian Cancer Society offers summer camps and year-round recreational programs for children and youth with cancer, as well as their families. Our programs are designed to foster independence, increase confidence and create an environment of understanding and support. We champion an inclusive and supportive community, and we try to tailor our programs to all abilities. There is medical supervision on site whenever possible.

Thanks to the generosity of our donors and supporters, all our child, youth and family programs are offered at no cost to participants.

Young adult supports

We offer programs and services to support young people who are moving from being treated for childhood cancers into adult follow-up clinics. These youths are the fastest growing and most underserved group of cancer survivors. Our supports help young adults with cancer feel that they are part of a community that understands them.

Have questions? Our information specialists are trained to provide current, reliable information on a wide range of topics related to cancer.

Our online community offers a private group for young adults. You can connect with and ask questions of other people who have experienced a cancer diagnosis.

We can help you find up-to-date information about programs and services offered in your area.

Do you need to travel for treatment? We offer accommodations close to cancer centres across the country.

We are here to help answer any questions you may have on your journey and connect you to the services you need.

Camp Goodtimes

Camp Goodtimes provides unique summer and year-round recreation programs. These programs are designed for children and youth 0 to 18 years of age with a cancer diagnosis, their families and bereaved families. Through these programs, children and teens living with cancer or beyond build resilience, strength and independence to see that life is bigger than cancer.

Summer Camps

At Camp Goodtimes, campers and families can enjoy traditional camp activities while receiving care from staff and our 24-hour medical team. Camp creates an open and accepting environment where lifelong friendships can be made. We offer week-long camps for children, teens and families at our rented facilities at Loon Lake Lodge and Retreat Centre in Maple Ridge, BC, and Pringle Retreat and Camp on Shawnigan Lake, BC. Camp Goodtimes is accredited by the British Columbia Camps Association and the Children’s Oncology Camping Association.

Year-Round Programs

Camp Goodtimes offers day and weekend programs throughout the year. They are available in different regions of BC and range from afternoon picnics to weekend retreats.

Breaking Borders

Breaking Borders is a program pioneered by Camp Quality, an international family of non-profit camps that provide summer programs for children affected by cancer, as well as their siblings.

Breaking Borders was developed to help young people who are moving from being treated for childhood cancers into adult follow-up clinics. These youths are the fastest growing and most underserved group of cancer survivors.

Our program is a series of sessions held once a month from October to September. These sessions lead up to a final multi-day expedition or final project in September. Participants learn about project management, teamwork, responsibility, goal setting and much more. By stepping out of their comfort zone, they find support among their peers to persevere, gain self-confidence and learn that growth occurs when we reach outside ourselves and break down borders.

This program is available to people aged 19 to 25 years who have a cancer diagnosis and live in British Columbia.