Summer 2021

OCA Approved camps and outdoor education centres are planning for camp.

The OCA is working with public health, government officials, and other experts to make summer 2021 safe and healthy for participants and staff at camps and outdoor education centres.

We will continue to update our camps and outdoor education centres as guidance is finalized.

We are proud of our OCA Approved camps, and the way they continue to demonstrate their commitment to safe, inclusive, educational, professional, and fun experiences for all participants!

OCA’s Statements about Summer 2021 

If a camp has plans to ‘pivot’ to a new operation model that is significantly different from their normal operations (such as cabin rentals, family retreats, etc.), the OCA does not consider that program to be accredited. OCA’s accredited camps are expected to, at a minimum, ensure that all staff-led programming will adhere to existing OCA Standards.

OCA Accredited Member camps adhere to over 600 health and safety standards, in areas such as Management and Administration, Human Resources, Campsite, Facilities and Equipment, Health Care, Food Service, Transportation and Programming.

View OCA’s 2021 Standards

In addition to OCA’s 2021 Standards, camps and outdoor education centres will be adhering to Guidance provided by Public Health.

In 2020, OCA created additional Standards for day camp operations.

View the COVID-19 Summer 2020 Standards

OCA COVID-19 Taskforce – Resources and More! 

In March 2020 the OCA Board struck a COVID-19 Task Force to share the most up to date information and resources on COVID-19. The Task Force has since evolved, and is working with a team of experts, including Public Health, to create guidelines for a safe 2021 camp season!

Here are some resources to help you and your organization during COVID-19.

Guidance Documents

COVID-19 Safety Guidelines for: Day Camps (July 15) NEW 

COVID-19 Safety Guidelines for: Overnight Camps (July 15) NEW

Public Health Ontario – Day and Overnight Camps (posted June 21, 2021)

COVID-19 provincial testing guidance update (May 26) 

COVID-19: Organized summer activities for children and youth (posted June 21, 2021)

COVID-19 Self-administered testing resource (Posted July 27)


Guidance by Municipality

Day Camp Operations

Overnight Camp Operations

Camp Operations in COVID-19

Government Resources

Government Updates


General COVID-19 Announcements and Resources

Documents Pertaining to Camp

Closures and Reopening Ontario

Resources for Camps and Outdoor Education Centres

Aquatics: Qualifications and Safety

Government Resources 


Specific to Non-Profits and/or Charities

Health Resources

Each region/municipality has its own Public Health Unit which provides COVID-19 guidance or guidelines for camps operating.

Vaccine Resources 

Mental Health Resources 

Help Lines 

  • Telephone & Mobile Mental Health Crisis Support (24-hr) Call: 1-855-310-2673
  • The Warm Line (Mental Health Helpline) Call: 416-960-9276 Text: 647-557-5882 Online Chat:
  • Toronto Distress Centre Call: 416-408-4357
  • Good2Talk (ages 17 to 25) – Toll-free: 1-866-925-5454, Email
  • Kids Help Phone (ages 5 to 20) – Toll-free: 1-800-668-6868, Live web chat, Text
  • 211 Ontario (adults) – Call 2-1-1, Toll-free: 1-877-330-3213, Live web chat, Email
  • ConnexOntario Helpline (adults) – Toll-free: 1-866-531-2600, Live web chat

Other Resources