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Camp Simba

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A joint Project between NUS YLLSoM and Duke-NUS conceptualised in 2009, Camp Simba is an annual camp for children with cancer-afflicted family members to enjoy their childhood and have fun, forge lasting friendships between participants, while providing them with a safe space to process their feelings. LKCMedicine came onboard to co-organise the project in 2020.

Camp Simba was started to address the emotional needs of children whose relatives are afflicted with cancer. These children are often left to deal with the large changes their family faces on their own, and with their family members struggling to cope with their illnesses, they often miss out on the simple joys of childhood or adolescence. Camp Simba’s slogan is to “create a safe haven for all”. Other than a fun and enriching experience, we hope to impart values such as resilience and courage, and build a community to enable participants to draw strength from each other. Ultimately, we hope to inspire and equip them with the skills to eventually organise the camp for future “Simba siblings”.

The highlight of Camp Simba is a 3D2N Camp conducted in June, followed by three reunion camps in March, September and December. Reunion camps provide an opportunity for campers to meet up again, and bond with their camp OGLs. Past Reunions have been held at Wild Wild Wet and Adventure Cove in the past. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a camp was unable to be conducted in 2021, however we are currently planning for a camp which we hope can be carried out in person in June 2022. Do look out for our main committee and camp facilitator recruitment and we hope to have you onboard!

For more information, please contact Aiyappan Raksha at raksha003@e.ntu.edu.sg