Canadian Cancer Society's Camp Goodtimes, BC, Canada
2021 Northwestern Excellence in Camp Programming -Video Submission
What Should the Voters Know?:
Launched for the summer of 2021, Goodtimes Getaways provided an opportunity for families who have/have had a child diagnosed with cancer to reconnect with their family, have fun and be immersed in a beautiful nature setting. This program was designed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to allow families to get out of their own space, enjoy the outdoors, and participate in recreational activities at their own pace in a safe, facilitated environment.
The four-day, three-night program was designed to allow families as much choice and flexibility as they wanted. Each family received an individualized schedule which had two facilitated program activity options per each block. Families would simply let our staff know at the meal prior which activity they were choosing. This ensured that each activity block has appropriate space for each family and time for sanitization. These activities were swimming, canoeing, kayaking, peddle boating, paddle-boarding, tie dye, yoga, archery, nature, high ropes, tubing, rock climbing wall. If a family did not wish to do either scheduled activity at a certain scheduled time, there was a room on-site full of self-directed activities (such as arts and crafts, music, lawn games, etc) that families could enjoy anywhere outside at camp. We sent pre-program survey’s out before their session start to understand what type of activities to put on their schedule. In addition to the program activity blocks, there were optional outdoor all camp programs where all the families could come together in a safe way to understand they are part of the bigger community of support. Examples of these were campfire, outdoor movie, opening ceremonies, paint night, pottery, walking pictionary and family feud.
This year we had a total 241 participants from all over British Columbia, BC take part in 8 Goodtimes Getaways session. We also ran a weeklong virtual camp called Goodtimes at Home that 41 campers participated in.