Camp Oasis FAQ
What are the dates of CCFA Camp Oasis?
Sessions run throughout the summer. Visit find a camp to learn more.
Where is CCFA Camp Oasis located?
There are a total of 12 CCFA Camp Oasis locations throughout the country. Please see the find a camp to find the one closest to you.
How is camper eligibility determined?
Any child with medically stable Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis is invited to apply. Campers can attend only one Camp Oasis session a summer. Campers should apply only to the location that serves their chapter or region. If your child is unable to attend the camp in your designated area due to medical or other reasons, please contact your local chapter to explore other options.
Age requirements, capacity, session dates, and application deadlines vary by site. See find a camp for more information.
What is the LIT Program?
The Leaders in Training (LIT) Program is a special leadership development program for camp's oldest teenagers. It runs for the duration of each session, and combines the fun of camp with additional age-appropriate responsibilities and leadership building activities. On a typical day, LITs might attend a leadership meeting, assist with a special activity, help entertain a group of younger campers, AND participate in several camp activities alongside their fellow campers. The age range for the LIT Program varies by site, so please see find a camp for more information.
NOTE: The CO Camp does not currently operate an LIT Program, and the CA Camp does not operate its LIT Program at the same time as the camper session. If you are from a region served by one of these locations, please contact your local chapter for more information.
Is there on-site medical care?
Each camp is equipped with a 24-hour on-site health center, staffed by physicians, nurses, and mental health professionals experienced in working with IBD patients. Careful steps are taken to ensure that campers follow the medical regimen prescribed by their doctors back home.
How does CCFA Camp Oasis select its staff?
Many of the staff at the CCFA Camp Oasis sites are adult volunteers with IBD, who have experience working with kids. Many have worked at Camp Oasis before. And some have even been campers. All are carefully screened and trained to ensure a safe and comfortable setting.
What do campers do all day?
The typical camp day starts around 8:30AM and ends at approximately 9:30PM, though bedtimes vary by age. The daily schedule usually includes several activity periods (swimming, arts and crafts, team sports, etc.) and an Evening Activity (campfire, Talent Show, Scavenger Hunt, etc.), as well as three meals, a snack, a rest hour, and time for showering and cabin clean-up.
How does the camper application process work?
First, complete the online application for your chosen location via the find a camp page. (*If you completed an on-line application last year, you must still complete an application each year you wish to attend. However, most of the fields will be pre-populated to reflect the information you supplied then, so you will only need to update it as necessary.)
Once you have submitted the entire on-line application, you will receive a confirmation email along with some paper application forms, which must be downloaded, completed by the designated parties, and mailed to the designated Camp Office.
Applications must be received by the specified deadline, and are only considered complete once all of the required hard copy forms have been received.
Each complete application will be reviewed by a designated medical professional to confirm the camp is equipped to care for the child. Applications for the LIT program will undergo an additional review to determine whether the child has the qualities necessary for this more specialized program.
Parents will be notified by email as soon as the review process is complete, and will be provided additional camp information as applicable.
How do I log into my online account?
When you submit your online application, a personalized online account will automatically be created. Use your online account to access CCFA's online forms and update your personal information at any time by clicking on the log in link. Enter your email address as your username, and then enter your password. If you have forgotten your password, you can click on the “I don’t know my password” link to have a new password sent to your email account.
How can I stay in touch with my camp friends in the off-season?
A great way to keep in contact and get together with your Camp Oasis friends is by creating a Take Steps Camp Oasis Team. Invite your family, friends and fellow campers to join your team and join with others across the US as we raise money for a cure. Visit www.cctakesteps.org and choose the Camp Oasis National Team.
Can I apply as a camper or volunteer if I don't live in the United States?
Yes. We welcome everyone who wishes to attend or volunteer at camp to apply. You can apply to any of our camps, but please be aware precedence will be given to campers and volunteers that reside in the camp's region. After you have applied please contact the camp's head chapter office to make them aware of your situation.