2022 Annual Conference

November 10th - 12th

Wilmington, Delaware

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Hotel Dupont


An American Masterpiece/ Award-winning 4 Diamond hotel centrally located in the Mid-Atlantic region of the eastern seaboard, located in the heart of downtown Wilmington,only 25 minutes from Philadelphia Intl Airport. 2 Hrs. from New York and Washington DC and minutes from Amtrak Station. Known for its excellent state of the art Mtg facilities, famed restaurant Le Cavalier at the Green Room, and 1200+ seat Broadway-style Theatre in the same building, the Playhouse at Rodney Square. The hotel is minutes away from the world famous museums, gardens, and golf courses of the Brandywine Valley.


When clicking on the Hotel Registration link, you are taken to the hotel booking calendar, the default dates of Tuesday-Sunday will show on the calendar. Please manually adjust the nights of your stay on the calendar in order to show correct costs and rooms available. Also, please note, all 18 hotel rooms with 2 queens are now booked HOWEVER, kings with pull-outs are extremely spacious and comfortable for groups who would typically book 2-queens.

Members Choice Awards

This year, we are offering voting for Best T-shirt and Best Photo as Member Choice Awards. Whether your Camp is attending 2022 COCAcon or not, each current COCA member Camp may promote and ask for anyone to vote on these two submissions. A person can only vote once for each submission, so choose wisely! Please promote the voting to your families, volunteers, board members, donors, community and Camp friends. The photo or t-shirt with the most votes wins!  We see this as a great way to promote COCA Camps and showing off the creativity.

Voting opens now until Noon on Saturday, Nov. 12th . Awards for Best Photo and Best T-shirt will be given at the 2022 COCAcon Best of COCA Awards in Wilmington, DE Saturday night. For any Camp that wins and is not in attendance, we will mail your award after conference. 

Keynote: Dr. Deborah Gilboa

Saturday, November 12, 2022 @ 9 am ET

Keynote: From Stressed to Resilient - Saturday, Nov. 12th, 9-10 am ET
Breakout: How to Help Others Navigate Change -
 Saturday, Nov. 12th, 10:15-11:15 am ET


Resilience expert Deborah Gilboa, MD, aka “Dr. G” works with families, organizations, and businesses to identify the mindset and strategies to turn stress to an advantage. Renowned for her contagious humor, Dr. G works with groups across multiple generations, to rewire their attitudes and beliefs, and create resilience through personal accountability and a completely different approach to adversity. She is a leading media personality seen regularly on TODAY, Good Morning America and The Doctors. She is also featured frequently in the Washington Post, The New York Times, Authority Magazine, and countless other digital and print outlets.  Dr. G is board certified attending family physician and is fluent in American Sign Language. She lives in Pittsburgh with her four sons.



Beyond the Camper:  The Impact of the Childhood Cancer Journey

 A deep dive into the impacts of the childhood cancer journey

Friday - 9:00 am to 5:30 pm    Saturday 10:15 am to 4:15 pm 


Tracey Gaslin PhD, CPNP, FNP-BC, CRNI, RN-BC
Alliance for Camp Health

Dr. Karen Long-Traynor
Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

Submissions Close October 15th.

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Are You Flying to COCAcon 2022?

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The nearest airport to Wilmington is Philadelphia (PHL) Airport which is 18.2 miles away. Other nearby airports include Harrisburg (MDT) (71.6 miles), Baltimore (BWI) (71.9 miles), Newark (EWR) (97.9 miles) and Reagan Washington (DCA) (101.6 miles).
You can take a train from Philadelphia (PHL) to Wilmington via 30th Street Train Station and Philadelphia in around 49 min.
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Torbert Street Social
0.3 miles
305 Torbert St, Wilmington, DE 19801
(302) 407-6627A cocktail lounge with food offering a nostalgic sense of class and history with their creative drink list. Musical entertainment. Indoor and Outdoor seating. Come dressed sophisticated or casual.

The Queen
0.3 miles
500 N Market St, Wilmington, DE 19801
(302) 400-7020

The Knights Bar: Side lounge with free live music. Check online for entertainment.
The Crown Room: Saturday, November 12th at 8:30 p.m. Comedian Mike Cannon. Tickets ~ $25

Docklands Riverfront
1.0 miles
110 West St, Wilmington, DE 19801
(302) 658-662Relaxed venue along the water offering comfort food, cocktails, and live music.

Trolley Tap House
1.2 miles
1616 Delaware Ave, Wilmington, DE 19806
(302) 652-225Craft beer paired with eclectic comfort food in this airy, industrial pub. Side room with 2 pool tables.

Catherine Rooney’s
1.2 miles
1616 Delaware Ave, Wilmington, DE 19806
(302) 654-9700Lively, brick-walled Irish pub with traditional fare & regular live music.

Kelly’s Logan House
1.2 miles
1701 Delaware Ave #2329, Wilmington, DE 19806
(302) 652-9493
Storied 1864 tavern with an outdoor patio offering varied American fare & regular live music kicking off around 9pm.

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Tonic Seafood & Steak $$
111 W 11th St, Wilmington, DE 19801
(302) 777-2040
Creative, modern seafood dishes in a spacious eatery with a large wine selection & convivial bar.

Café Mezzanotte $$
W 11th St & W, Tatnall St, Wilmington, DE 19801
(302) 658-7050
Italian food made from scratch with an eclectic bar menu

Washington Street Ale House $$
1206 Washington St, Wilmington, DE 19801
(302) 658-2537
Big selection of craft beers & pub fare with a twist served at a warm tavern with fireplace & deck.

Mikimotos $$.
1212 Washington St, Wilmington, DE 19801
(302) 656-8638
Hip digs for sushi & other Japanese & Pan-Asian fare in a stylish room with a bar & happy hour.

Dorcea $$
1314 Washington St, Wilmington, DE 19801
(302) 691-7447
Seafood, pasta & familiar mains turned out in an easygoing cafe with beers on tap.

Stitch House Brewery $$
829 N Market St, Wilmington, DE 19801
(302) 250-4280
House-brewed beers, craft cocktails & creative pub grub served in a rustic, historic setting.

The Chelsea Tavern $$
821 N Market St, Wilmington, DE 19801
(302) 482-3333
Bustling gastropub serving upscale American grub with long beer list in a modern setting.

Bardea Food & Drink $$$
620 N Market St, Wilmington, DE 19801
(302) 426-2069
Contemporary bistro featuring elevated Italian cuisine, including pasta dishes & wild boar.

Farmer & The Cow $$
413 N Market St, Wilmington, DE 19801
(302) 407-5957
Gourmet burgers & elaborate shakes in a stylish tavern with dark-wood accents & brick walls.

Banks' Seafood Kitchen and Raw Bar $$$
101 S Market St, Wilmington, DE 19801
(302) 777-1500
Chic eatery with a patio, happy hour & riverfront views features fresh seafood & a raw bar.

Docklands Riverfront $$
110 West St, Wilmington, DE 19801
(302) 658-6626
Relaxed venue with a large waterside deck offering comfort food, cocktails, happy hour, and live music.

Del Pez Mexican Gastro Pub $$
400 Justison St, Wilmington, DE 19801
(302) 691-7974
Contemporary gastropub serving craft beers, creative margaritas & a menu of modern Mexican eats.

Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant $$
620 Justison St, Wilmington, DE 19801
(302) 472-2739
Regional brewpub chain dispensing house-made beers & elevated comfort food staples.

Big Fish Grill on the Riverfront $$
720 Justison St, Wilmington, DE 19801
(302) 652-3474
Hearty platters of seafood specialties served in a casual, family-friendly riverfront space.

Contact Details

Phone: 205 410 7154


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