Children & Teens
Programs for Children and Teens
Our Children and Teens Programs (CTP) offer social and emotional support and activities to kids and teens at our Warminster and Philadelphia locations, as well as onsite at locations out in the community, including several local middle and high schools.
We provide support to:
- children/teenagers with cancer
- children/teenagers of someone who has cancer
- siblings of someone who has cancer
- cousins, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, neighbors, or friends of someone with cancer
- children/teenagers who have lost someone to cancer
In our CTP programs, children and teens find healthy ways to express their feelings. They get to laugh and play with other children and teens who can relate to what they are experiencing. They support each other with their expertise about living with cancer. We offer weekly, monthly, and annual special events that provide our young members with inspiration and hope.
Additionally, we offer events and activities for children so that their parents can attend programs at CSCGP with the peace of mind of knowing their kids are occupied in a supervised, safe and fun setting. We ask for 48 hours advance notification if you wish to bring your child while you attend an adult program. This is to ensure we have plenty of supplies and volunteers for the activity.
Several of our programs and activities are listed below. Please see our full calendar for a complete list of this month’s programs and additional information. We are always coming up with new ideas! Of course, all of our programs are free.
- Kid Support & Teen Support: An 8-10-week curriculum based, peer support group for kids ages 4-16 who currently have cancer in their lives. Each week we talk about a different topic related to cancer such as: what is cancer, feelings including anger, dealing with change, stress, relaxation/self-care, self-esteem, loss, and problem solving. Parents meet in their own group during this time to talk about the fears and challenges of having cancer in the home while raising children. These groups are held in person at Gilda’s Club in the spring and fall.
- Straight Talk About Cancer (STAC): A peer support group for teens in middle or high school who currently have cancer in their lives. We have discussions and play lots of games. This group takes place on-site at several local schools during the school day. It is also offered virtually the second Wednesday of each month.
- Kids and Teens Living With Loss: Groups for kids 4-16 who have lost someone to cancer. Each month we talk about various issues they face through discussions, activities, art and games. Parents attend their own group at the same time. Group meets in person at Gilda’s Club the 2nd Wednesday each month.
- Teens Living With Loss: A peer support group for those who lost someone to cancer. This group takes place in local middle schools and high schools during the school day. It also is offered virtually the fourth Wednesday of each month
- Baking with Suzanne: Kids have the opportunity to create unique recipes with the guidance of our fearless baker. They get to be creative and your kitchen stays clean!
- Teen Expressions: An art focused group for teens to creatively express their thoughts and feelings.
- Camp Kids: Camp KIDS is a free day camp for the youngest CSCGP members. Camp runs various days in June and July. We have themes, do crafts, activities and have lots of water battles. Registration for 2023 is open.
- Teen Camp: A day camp in the summer for our teens.
- Gilda’s Railway: At our Gilda’s Club location, we have an outdoor railway. Members of the Bristol Railroad Society take care of the tracks and run our Bachmann Trains (donated by Bachmann). The trains run on most special events and in the summer.
- Family Activities: We have many opportunities for families to come and spend time with each other. We do the organizing, set up and clean up. You come out and have fun!! See calendar for schedule and details
- Trunk or Treat: A party for children, teens, family, and friends. We have a blast every year! Lots of games, crafts, activities, and tons of food. Check the October calendar for scheduling!
- Breakfast with Santa: An annual holiday party in early December for our young members.
- Flashlight Egg Hunt: We hunt for hundreds of plastic prize filled eggs each year. A fun way to welcome spring!
- Christmas in July: Santa takes a break from his vacation to give us a visit. He never comes empty handed.
- Back to School Party: This is our parents’ favorite party! We have raffles, activities and everyone receives school supplies.