Programs and initiatives

CanTeen’s programs, camps and recreation days give young people aged 12-25 some space away from the daily pressures of living with cancer and the opportunity to meet others who truly understand what they’re going through.

These programs don’t only deal with some of the hard stuff such as grief and feeling alone, there are always lots of fun activities and chill out time. So whatever young people feel like they need, there’s a program to suit them (grouped into over 18s and under 18s), and they’ll learn new ways to cope with cancer every single time.

CanTeen programs, camps and recreation days are always free and can be anything from half a day to three days long. Some of the programs CanTeen currently runs include:

Places You’ll Go
This three-day program brings 12-17 year olds together to learn about key survivorship issues such as identity, coping with difficult emotions and communicating about cancer.

Good Grief
Specifically designed to support young people whose parent or sibling has died from cancer, this three-day program helps young people talk about their experiences, learn about grieving, prepare for the time grief hits and enjoy some downtime with other supportive young people.

Recreation days
CanTeen’s ‘rec’ days run in each state and territory and can be everything from a day of abseiling, a stroll through the local night food market, an afternoon of bowling and dumplings, or a day tucked away in a gamers’ paradise.

There’s a program, camp or rec day for everyone at CanTeen – simply visit canteen.org.au or call 1800 226 833 to find out more.