The role of the OCA Archives Committee is to promote the importance and value of camping archives, to encourage and facilitate donations of archival materials to the OCA Archives at Trent University and enhance awareness and access to them, and to actively create archival materials through oral history interviews and other projects that showcase the rich history of camping in Ontario.

What are the OCA Archives?

Precious camp days live on in your memory and those of your fellow campers and staff , BUT they can also survive more tangibly and for generations to come in the OCA Archives at Trent University.

In the Archival Fonds (a fancy term for an Archive Library),  the OCA is creating a home for the materials that will show future camp industry professionals how the camping industry evolved, adapted, and changed with years of hard work and FUN!

How can my camp contribute?

If you haven’t shared your camp story, please do! We want materials from the beginning of your camp and everything since, including:

  • Photographs
  • Videos
  • Stories (audio, video, written)
  • Your Operation guidelines, manuals, best practices and other important documents
  • Anything else that helps tell your camp’s story!

Have questions about what to contribute, or about the OCA Archives?

Contact the OCA office team! We’re happy to assist you with your questions, or direct you to someone who can!

You can also contact Jodi Aoki, Archivist at Trent University:

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Our History

Read about the history of the Ontario Camps Assocation.