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Camp Simba

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Camp Simba was started to help address the emotional needs of children whose relatives are afflicted with cancer, as they are often left to deal with the large lifestyle and emotional changes on their own. As a result, they often miss out on the simple joys of childhood or adolescence. By providing them with a safe space to have fun and unwind, we hope to provide opportunities for them to befriend other children with similar experiences, with the hope of creating a community where they can draw strength from each other. Hopefully, this will also inspire and equip them with skills to eventually organise the camp for future “Simba Siblings”.

Camp Simba is a joint project between NUS YLLSoM, Duke-NUS and NTU LKCSoM first conceptualised in 2009. Through one highlight camp and three reunion camps, we hope to provide a safe space for children with cancer-afflicted family members to process their feelings, enjoy their childhood, have fun and forge lasting friendships with one another.

The highlight of Camp Simba is a 3D2N camp conducted in June, followed by three reunion camps in March, September and December. The highlight camp is the main event of Camp Simba, which serves as a platform for fellow campers to bond and interact with their OGLs. Reunion camps provide an opportunity for campers to meet up again, and strengthen their friendships with their OGLs and other campers. Past reunions have been held at Wild Wild Wet and Adventure Cove.

For more information, please contact Beth Lau at blau008@e.ntu.edu.sg

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