Camp Goodtimes West

A place where kids can be kids

Camp Goodtimes is an outdoor adventure where children ages 7 to 17 can have the opportunity to enjoy the many activities meant for childhood.

Camp Goodtimes is a medically-supervised, week-long camp, and is free to all cancer patients -- so that all children, no matter what their family's financial situation, will have the opportunity to enjoy the experience. Any child with a history of cancer is eligible to apply, whether or not he or she is currently receiving cancer treatment. To make the experience more comfortable, one sibling or friend of each cancer patient is also eligible for admission.

The goal of Camp Goodtimes has always been to provide an opportunity for children to have fun, participate with other youngsters, and develop independence and confidence. During the 15 years Camp Goodtimes has been in operation, it has helped meet the physical, psychological and emotional needs of thousands of young cancer patients and their families.

Camp Goodtimes is scheduled for June 27-July 3, 2010 and July 25-July 31, 2010. The Adventure Camp- Kayak Trip is TBD.

There is no charge for children to attend Camp Goodtimes. The American Cancer Society is able to provide this free camping experience through the generous donations of corporate sponsors and the public.

Camp Goodtimes rallies at Camp Burton on Vashon Island in Puget Sound, just west of Seattle. Boys and girls are housed separately, by age, in comfortable cabins.

Camp Goodtimes offers a wide variety of supervised activities, such as canoeing, swimming, archery, hiking, volleyball, crafts, goofy skits, dancing, singing, joke-telling, face-painting, secret-sharing, giggle-making and evenings sitting around the campfire toasting marshmallows, telling stories and making new friends.

Counselors and staff are recruited, screened, and trained by the American Cancer Society.

Young adults ages 16-17 may apply for leaders-in-training positions.

Health Care:
At Camp Goodtimes, the summer camp fun is combined with expert health care for each child. Physicians, nurses, and other personnel from local hospitals, pediatric clinics volunteer at camp to ensure that medical care is available around the clock.

To receive application forms, please call the American Cancer Society anytime, toll-free at 1-800-227-2345.