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Summer Enrichment Opportunity: Camp Okizu
Posted 04/27/2017 10:40AM

Okizu (oak-eye-zoo) comes from the Sioux language and means unity, to come together, to heal from a hurt, to make whole.

The mission of Okizu is to provide peer support, respite, mentoring, and recreational programs to meet the needs of all members of families affected by childhood cancer.

For 35 years, Okizu has been committed to the continuing support of the Oncology, Siblings, Family, Bereavement, and Teens-N-Twenties programs. These programs are the result of a collaborative effort between Okizu and the pediatric oncology treatment centers in Northern California. The specific purpose of Okizu is to operate peer support programs for children and families affected by childhood cancer based on the community-forming nature of a residential camp experience.

Click here to view the 2017 Camp Dates!

Click here to apply to volunteer at Camp Okizu!

Under-18 Volunteers

Okizu’s under-18 volunteers fill a variety of different jobs and help to make camp happen. Some of the opportunities are open to the public and some are for pediatric oncology patients and their siblings.

Here is a brief overview of each program:

The Dishie Program

  • Duties: Washing dishes after each meal, helping to set the tables, helping to serve meals, helping cabin groups make ice cream in the afternoons, and assisting the Program Director as needed.
  • Eligibility: Open to any and all 16 and 17-year-olds who meet the Minimum Qualifications and Essential Functions criteria for the Dishie Program.

The Junior Volunteer (JV) Program

  • Duties: Helping with one special interest class each day, rotating to various program areas (archery, crafts, fishing, water front, etc.), serving meals, working with cabin groups in the afternoons and evenings, and assisting the program staff as needed.
  • Eligibility: Open to any and all 17-year-olds who meet the Minimum Qualifications and Essential Functions criteria for the JV program.

Volunteer Applications and 2017 Camp Dates

Click here to view the 2017 Camp Dates!

Click here to apply to volunteer at Camp Okizu!


For more information, please call 415.382.9083 or email katie@okizu.org.


To see more summer and enrichment program opportunities, see York College Counseling's Summer and Enrichment Opportunities page here.

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