About Camp Goodtimes

About Camp Goodtimes

At the Canadian Cancer Society, we understand that cancer can change a lot of things. But at Camp Goodtimes, kids can have fun, accomplish their goals and thrive among peers who understand. Our summer camps are designed to foster independence, increase confidence and create an environment of understanding and support.

We also offer year-round recreational programs that provide an unforgettable and empowering experience for campers. Because we champion an inclusive and supportive community, we strive to tailor our programs for all abilities and have medical supervision on site whenever possible.

Thanks to the generosity of our donors and supporters, all Camp Goodtimes programs are offered at no cost to participating families.

     

Camp Goodtimes is part of the Children’s Oncology Camping Association, International and is an accredited camp of the BC Camping Association, the Canadian Camping Association and the Canadian Association of Pediatric Oncology Camps.

Our history

A pilot summer camp program, Camp Goodtimes was launched in 1985 by an energetic committee of volunteers. The idea to create a camp for children with cancer came from long-time Canadian Cancer Society volunteer Lois Youngson, who later became a founding volunteer at Camp Goodtimes. The inspiration for Lois’ movement began when her son was diagnosed with cancer. Sadly, her son passed away.

Since its beginning, Camp Goodtimes has grown from assisting 25 children in its first year, to providing a fun and supportive camping experience for nearly 600 children, teens and family members each year.

The Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) is proud to be a champion and voice for Canadians who care about cancer. We are committed to supporting and engaging people in communities across the country to prove that life is bigger than cancer. CCS is proud to be able to and continue to provide summers of joy, confidence, support, and hope for children and families impacted by the disease.