“Ooch” is a camp that provides children living with and affected by childhood cancer with camp programs and experiences including at a year-round overnight camp in Ontario’s Muskoka region. The Camp’s mission is to give children with cancer what all kids’ need – the chance to just be kids! Ooch Muskoka is the only pediatric oncology camp in Canada with a medical facility, in the beautiful wilds of the Canadian Shield; this “Med Shed” houses oncologists and nurses who provide onsite IV chemotherapy and blood transfusions, so that even medically fragile kids are able to go to camp, where they play, laugh, and make memories and friendships that last forever. It’s not unusual for these same kids to be paddling a canoe, roasting a marshmallow, singing a silly song, or climbing the high ropes course, just a short time after treatments. Receiving no government or hospital funding, Ooch relies on a large contingent of dedicated and trained volunteers, and the generous support of individual and organizational donors to deliver programming at zero cost to families.
How We Help!
KRG Children’s Charitable Foundation has been a proud supporter of Camp Ooch for over a decade.
In 2004, KRG Children’s Charitable Foundation fully funded Ooch Muskoka’s “immense and magnificent,” state-of-the-art, high ropes course. The High Ropes lets kids of all abilities – its wheelchair accessible! – climb into the sky, to challenge themselves, in mind and body, and to find a sense of pride and accomplishment.
In 2010, KRG Charitable Foundation helped Ooch bring camp to the city by funding a central feature of Ooch Downtown – Ooch’s unique, urban day camp facility in the heart of Toronto – a rock wall that climbs from the ground level, through a hole in the floor, to the ceiling of the second floor.
In keeping with our support of adventure initiatives, KRG Children’s Charitable Foundation added even more squeals of laughter and friendship to Camp when in 2013 we funded the addition of a thrilling Giant Swing to the high ropes course in Muskoka.
Camp Teomol is the latest program at Ooch specifically with children who have had a sibling die from a cancer diagnosis. KRG Children's Charitable Foundation has committed in 2018 to supporting the Teomol Program for next three years!
KRG Children's Charitable Foundation also provides all overnight campers with camper necklaces – illustrating each summer’s camp theme -- and ‘welcome’ backpacks. Both items have proven to be very special keepsakes and a way for campers to remember their special time at Ooch.
In addition, KRG Children’s Charitable Foundation’s “Jump for Ooch” which began with the aim to raise funds to send kids to Camp Ooch; more than $400,000 has been raised, which translates to over 90 kids with cancer getting to experience the Magic of Camp Ooch.