Gilda’s Club children’s program, Noogieland, is especially designed
to meet the needs of children touched by cancer. Its name is a humorous reference
to a famous bit by Gilda Radner, and is just silly enough to make perfect
to children whether they know Gilda or not. It is a unique art and activity
based program where children can talk about their feelings as they participate
members, children are full and equal members of the Gilda's Club community.
Children who have a loved one living with cancer and children who have cancer
themselves deserve a program that addresses their specific needs.
fun, loud, noisy and totally unlike any other child cancer program. Kids have
the opportunity to be surrounded by other kids in similar circumstances. Noogieland
even has a special category of activities for teens whomconsider themselves
too mature for Noogieland, but do not qualify as adult Gilda's Club members.
Open Arms takes place every July and it is a two-week day camp for any child
touched by cancer or a blood related disease, including sickle cell anemia.
Children living with cancer (or blood related disease) or any child who has
a family member living with the disease are welcome to attend. Camp Open
also welcomes children who have lost a loved one. The camp's main purpose is
to provide campers, including those undergoing treatment, with the opportunity
for a normal camping experience, and the chance to spend time with their
in a fun, interactive way.
Get ready for
fun! Applications are due by June 9.
For campers: Camper
For counselors: Counselor
Mary Casselman by email or
at 585.423.9700 with any questions.