Virtual Camp

We strive to foster a spirit of joy in a fun, safe and medically sound, urban recreational environment that builds self esteem, independence and friendships for children living with cancer .

Camp Kids Are Kids Chicago made the switch to virtual programming in May of 2020 with a statement that COVID “Can’t Stop Camp Now”

“The Camp Show Must Go On!”  ran from Monday, August 10th to Friday, August 14th and allowed for more new campers and staff to join the camp family this summer.


To keep “The Magic of Camp” going, we’ve expanded our programming to include a Virtual WInter Weekend (January 29th – 31st) and a Virtual Spring Weekend (April 23rd – 25th).

We asked our campers to finish the phrase “Because of virtual camp…” and this is what they said:

  • “If one of us didn’t feel good, we could still do it. We didn’t have to leave if we had appointments.”
  • “People who couldn’t normally join could join this year”
  • “It was a lot of fun; it let me talk to people”
  • “I experienced something new and made new friends”
  • “I got to have a lot of fun with a whole new way of doing camp from my own home!”
  • “I get to have fun with my friends and just not be lonely for a week”
  • “I stepped outside of my comfort zone!”
  • “I made a lot of friends and opened up more.”
  • “We are more connected”
  • “I had a chance to connect with other kids with cancer and escape from our everyday life. Chance to get away from everyday reality”

We are so thankful to all the caregivers who have let us into their lives. The following is a letter from a parent new to camp that really spoke to us about the impact of camp:

Camp was a life saver!!!!!

I just wanted to thank all of the CKAKC staff and volunteers for such a wonderful job putting together a virtual camp for our children. The week of camp was an unexpected hard week for my daughter. Her chemo treatment medications were increased earlier this month causing more intense side effects and also causing her hair to fall out again. The 1st day of camp is when we saw clumps of her hair coming out and as you can imagine for a little girl whose hair was just starting to come back, it was devastating. Camp was a life saver!!!!! Her mind was not focused on her hair loss, and even if you couldn’t tell in her face sometimes, she was super excited for all the activities and all the silliness that would have her cracking up throughout the day. Even though this was her first year with CKAKC she felt like part of the family. Her cabin leaders made her feel special and important to the group and you made her laugh so much. After camp sessions were over she would come to me and share about it with such a huge smile on her face. I am forever grateful that she was able to be part of it on such short notice. Thank you for making that possible. Thank you so, so much for all you do for our kids.

Authentic Camp Experience

I was most surprised by how authentic of a camp experience it was! I didn’t expect to feel so connected to everyone but I felt like we all worked together so well. I was also surprised by how engaged the kids were in a virtual format.

I was surprised by how camp-like it was

I was pleasantly surprised by how camp-like it was, how connected we all felt and how fun the activities were even though we weren’t able to be together in person.

I felt so inspired and warm after camp

I am so happy to be a part of the team this summer. Even though it turned out unexpected because of covid, we all did amazing. I felt so inspired and warm after camp. Everyone was so passionate. Thank you for everyone and for what they do to make the campers enjoy camp and have a good time!

I didn’t know how much fun camp could be on Zoom

I didn’t know how much fun camp could be on Zoom but CKAKC was awesome. I think what really helped our cabin have fun was their camp bags so they could follow along from home. They were always engaged whenever they had an activity in front of them.

I want to thank everyone who made this virtual camp possible

I want to thank everyone who made this virtual camp possible. This was my very first camp experience and I was nervous going into it, but this has been the most fun and exciting week for me! It was so incredible to see the campers open up and become more comfortable with us as the week went on. You all have created something so special and thank you for letting me be a part of it!


At Camp Kids are Kids Chicago, we are decicated to providing a great experience, along with maintaining the best standard of care for our campers.

COCA-I is strengthening the International community of children with cancer and their families through networking, education and advocacy since 1982. COCA-I Member camps proudly served the needs of over 35,500 campers in 2014.

Care Camps make a difference in the lives of children with cancer by supporting our camp and camps like ours through their generous grants.