- "Camp was the experience I needed after cancer. It was a way to be on even levels with people that share the same struggles/experience in life and be able to just have fun and not be the outcast in certain situations." – Lakeshow
Camp Koru Survivorship Program
Camp Koru is our adventure retreat program that empowers young cancer fighters and survivors, ages 18-39, to find healing, achievement, and life renewal through active outdoor experiences in the ocean and the mountains.
Camps run for 3 to 6 days, are set in amazing locations, and best of all... are FREE to cancer survivors!
Who are these retreats for?
Camp Koru is a retreat for cancer survivors ages 18-39 (under 44) seeking to kick start their lives after cancer and meet others seeking to do the same. If you are open-minded, committed to trying something new, taking positive action steps in your life, and having a blast doing it, Camp Koru is for you. Before you apply, make sure to check out our Frequently Asked Questions page to make sure you know what to expect from the applicaiton process.
Retreats run by survivors, for survivors.
Camp Koru retreats are run by cancer survivors who have gone through Athletes 4 Cancer's Camp Ambassador Program, and have returned to lead with, and share their knowledge, experience and inspiration with other survivors.
Participants are given the proper tools, professional instruction, and focused encouragement required to take on new challenges, such as – surfing, standup paddling, outrigger canoeing, and snowboarding. The journey is shared with your peer survivors and the relationships formed at camp. Through the experience, survivors learn to overcome fears and face life's challenges, ultimately find their own ass-kicking potential after cancer.
Camp Koru adventure retreats promote a healthy model for survivorship, and help survivors find direction and life renewal by providing an attainable platform for personal success, self-growth, and achievement.
All camps are FREE for survivors to attend. On occasion, we host special trips where a fundraising component may be required. Participants must arrange and cover their travel to camp.
Fundraise for airfare: If you cannot afford airfare/travel to camp, there are options! Through our travel scholarship fund, other participants have fundraised $1000 to pay it forward for you to attend camp. Athletes 4 Cancer pays for your airfare upfront, then you fundraise $1000 to pay it forward for the next travel scholarship.
To fundraise for airfare to camp, apply to camp first, then become a fundraiser from our Travel Scholarship Fund page. Tell your story on your page and why you want to attend camp, and you will be surprised how quickly you will reach your $1000 goal. You must be approved to attend camp in order to qualify to receive a Fundraise-for-airfare ticket. For complete details, please review our Travel Scholarships & Fundraise-for-Airfare Info Sheet.
Camps are open to young adult survivors with diagnosis between the ages 18-40.
2016 Retreat Schedule:
Schedule is subject to change as more camps get added. The following camp dates are accepting applications now!
March 27-April 2 Skiing & Snowboarding - Mt. Hood, Oregon
April 17-23 Surf & Standup Paddling - Hawaii - FULL
April 25-May 1 Surf & Standup Paddling - Hawaii - FULL
November 6-12: Surf & Standup Paddling -- Maui, Hawaii
November 14-20: Surf & Standup Paddling -- Maui, Hawaii
Camp Koru is fueled by....
The generosity and support of individual fundraisers and participants at these events have helped Athletes 4 Cancer run these camps. Please support or participate in them!
Kiteboarding 4 Cancer is Athletes 4 Cancer's biggest annual fundraiser that brings in over $100,000 for our programming each year. This unique event takes place in beautiful Hood River, Oregon, home to outdoor enthusiasts and recreationalists. Hood River truly embodies what Camp Koru is all about (healing through the empowering properties of the outdoors and the elements) so it's only fitting to have our biggest celebratory fundraiser right here.
Sunset Swim Charity Event is a swimwear runway event organized by Athletes 4 Cancer Ambassador and bikini designer Sensi Graves. The event highlights Sensi's line and other swimwear brands. There is a live auction and raffle as well! A super fun event if you're ever in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Sunset Swim event has raised over $28,000 for Athletes 4 Cancer since 2011.
The Round the Rock SUP Race in Seattle, WA takes place each September on Lake Washington and is a great event for anyone to participate in and provides a glimpse of what it's like to challenge yourself like we do at Camp Koru. The event is a 13-mile paddle around Mercer Island in Lake Washington and is much harder than one thinks. Round the Rock has raised over $34,000 for Athletes 4 Cancer since 2013!
Cape Crusade is a kiteboarding race that takes place in Yarmouth on beautiful Cape Cod, Massachusettes. Bringing together 150 kiteboarders on teams of 5, athletes participate in a kite-run-kite relay race that is fast, entertaining to watch, and so fun! In it's first year of 2015, Cape Crusade raised $37,000 for Athletes 4 Cancer!