History and Mission

Camp Agape Northwest has been serving children with cancer and their families since 1997. The inspiration to start Camp Agape started with Father John Bakus and Bishop Anthony of the San Francisco Metropolis. They witnessed the need for children with cancer and their families to experience a carefree and memory making week where the whole family is nurtured in a loving camp environment.

This idea was implemented by the Ladies Philoptochos Society, a Greek Orthodox women’s philanthropic group whose mission is to serve people in need with love and support. The Ladies of the Philoptochos Society worked together to fundraise for “Kids n Cancer” and developed the foundation for the first Camp Agape in Dunlap, California in 1989. The name Agape was chosen because it means unconditional love.

Camp Agape Northwest is now an independent non-profit. From the beginning, Camp Agape Northwest has collaborated to create a unique camp filled with love and support for children with cancer and their families.

Welcome to Camp Agape Northwest, a cost-free week-long camp for kids with cancer and their families, located near Gig Harbor, Washington. Camp Agape Northwest gives Children with cancer a chance to feel normal, Siblings a chance to feel special, and Parents a time to be together.

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Camp Agape Northwest believes that when a child has cancer, the entire family is affected and in need of care and healing. We achieve this through a community of Agape, the purest form of love. To those families who undergo treatment in Washington State, we provide Agape in a camp setting filled with joy, laughter and respite without cost.