Camp Casco is a place where New England kids experience the magic of summer camp, with the support and guidance of our outstanding caregivers, and the constant supervision of our professional medical team. Our camp family consists of kids at different stages of their experience with childhood cancer - ranging widely from kids on active treatment to those who have been off-treatment for several years.
100% of campers from 2017 have already signed up to return this summer, and we are hoping to enroll some new campers as well! Camp Casco's 2018 Overnight Camp will take place at the YMCA Berkshire Outdoor Center, Monday, August 20 - Saturday, August 25. Free camper buses are available from sites in Boston and Worcester. Contact us today to learn more!
Financial Assistance Available
Camp Casco is FREE for all campers!
Camp food is delicious, nutritious, and best of all, kid-friendly. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served every day in the YMCA Dining Center, and we keep lots of nutritious snacks on hand in case campers get hungry between meals.
Food is served buffet-style and is easy to adapt to a camper's particular tastes. Campers and counselors line up to serve themselves at each meal, and can take as much or as little of each food item as they like. This allows our campers to see and smell each food before deciding if they'd like to try it, and makes it easy to go back for more. It also makes it easy to assemble food to each camper's liking.
Fruit and cereal are always available at breakfast, and a full salad bar is always available at lunch and dinner. Specific dietary preferences (like vegetarian, vegan, or kosher diets) can also be accommodated, but we ask that you note this on the camper application so that we may notify the YMCA.
Camp Casco is a free week-long sleep-away summer camp for childhood cancer patients and survivors. Our campers are childhood cancer patients or survivors who are age 7-17 years old on the first day of camp (August 21). Campers must have written approval from their doctor to attend Camp Casco.
Camp Casco takes place at a YMCA campsite, so we are able to offer many traditional summer camp activities like swimming, canoeing, archery, arts and crafts, indoor climbing tower, and campfires. In addition, we add our own special programming to make the week even more fun, including a camp dance, talent show, water fight, and a theme for the week! But while we jam-pack our daily schedule to make the most of our time at camp, there are always opportunities for campers to take a break, any time they like. The Med Shed is the perfect spot for a nap or some quiet time during a busy camp day.
A complimentary bus to and from the campsite is provided for all campers from designated sites in the Brookline and Worcester areas of Massachusetts. However, you are more than welcome to drive to or from the campsite if you prefer!
We camp at the YMCA Berkshire Outdoor Center in Becket, Massachusetts. Camp Casco requires no camping experience whatsoever! We like to think of Camp Casco as more of an experience in "glamping". "Glamping" refers to "glamorous camping", and means that our campers enjoy electricity, indoor wheelchair-accessible bathrooms, hot water, and single or bunk beds.
Activities & Features
Outdoor Activities Ropes Course Hiking Rock Climbing
Performing Arts Music
Land Sports Baseball Basketball Football Soccer Softball
Water Sports Swimming Canoeing
Other Activities campfires camp dance talent show water fight obstacle courses team-building activities
Location & Contact Information
Camp Address 748 Hamilton Road
YMCA Berkshire Outdoor Center Becket, MA, 01223 USA
857-30-CASCO (tel.) 857-453-4568 (fax.)