COCAcon 2018 November 8th - 11th

A Warm Welcome from KAMP K.A.C.E


Friday November 9th- Saturday November 10th

(Join in for one or more sessions, or the entire 2 days.)


Every year you strive to bring joy, excitement, and healing to all of your campers, however that can be a daunting task in this new social and technological age. Which is why this year will be different than ANY OTHER year because (drum roll)…

For the FIRST time ever, YOU will have the chance to participate in the COCAcademy an EXCLUSIVE immersion workshop facilitated by thought leaders in camping with decades of combined experience!

  • FRESH, NEW, & MEMORABLE ways to manage your millennial staff?
  • Provide your campers more EXCITING & MEMORABLE Experiences
  • Learn NEW, INSPRING, & INNOVATIVE activities 
  • PREPARE for the challenges in our technological, & cultural world?

What is the COCAcademy?

Something New! Something Just for You!

The COCAcademy is an invigorating departure from traditional conference tracks. Each workshop will turbocharge your inner expert by immersing you in challenging scenarios, simultaneously led by three camp trailblazers: Jack Schott, Steve Maguire, and Dr. Chris Thurber.

Who Should Attend?

Directors, Staff, Volunteers, Counselors...  Everyone!

Any and all participants of COCA-I! It is designed to meet the learning needs of both beginners and more experienced camping professionals.
It’s for anyone interested in training and leading staff who will help transform the lives of children with cancer.

What Can I Expect?

Designed Just for Oncology Camps!

The COCAcademy workshops were designed after consulting with COCA-I members and the COCA-I directors. They offer cutting-edge content in leadership, emotional intelligence, social skills, communication, and programming. The brief descriptions below give you a glimpse of what’s ahead. COCAcademy facilitators also make spontaneous decisions to cover novel topics based on a group’s unique dynamics.

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Local Speakers

Dr. Nathan Kobrinksy
Dr. Nathan Kobrinksy
Dr. Nathan Kobrinsky is well known in the Fargo area and on the grounds of Kamp KACE as Dr. K. Currently the director of pediatric hematology and oncology at Fargo’s Sanford Children's Hospital and the Roger Maris Cancer Center, he has treated hundreds of area children over the last 25 years. Dr. Kobrinsky gained national recognition in 2015 when he was presented the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Achievement Award for his commitment to children. Dr. Kobrinsky is passionate like others in this challenging profession, but stands out in the way he communicates directly with children. He speaks to the parents through the child. He wants his patients to know he is personally speaking to them, not behind their backs, not around them. Honesty and talking personally are the most important things. “The human spirit, the spirit of these children is a miracle. They look ahead with very, very open and hopeful eyes to a future that will bring them back to their loved ones, their family and to life.”
Blind Joe
Blind Joe
Blind Joe is a quick-witted, original country artist with an incredible and story of perseverance. He shares his soul that is as infectious as a night of Jack Daniels and a few Hank Williams songs on the jukebox. No one, especially Joe, expected a blind, country musician from North Dakota/Minnesota area to rise to stardom. After multiple cross country tours, playing to thousands of fans and a top 32 run on NBC’s The Voice on team Blake, Blind Joe is fast becoming a household name. Although if you asked him, he would humbly tell you, “I’m just bringin’ that good stuff back.” Blind Joe combines his artistry, stage-presence, and journey into an incredible presentation.
12 Medical/CEU Eligible
14 Operations
13 Programming
6 Child Development
6 Fundraising
7 Staff Development

Something Special Is Going On In Fargo!

COCAcon 2017 Sponsors

2017 Exhibitors