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 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.
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.
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.
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: Organized summer activities for children and youth (posted June 21, 2021)
COVID-19 Self-administered testing resource (Posted July 27)
General COVID-19 Announcements and Resources
Documents Pertaining to Camp
Closures and Reopening Ontario
Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF)
Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)
Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)
Staffing and Youth Supports
Financial Supports for Camps
Tax and Benefits Information
Specific to Non-Profits and/or Charities
Each region/municipality has its own Public Health Unit which provides COVID-19 guidance or guidelines for camps operating.
Mental Health Resources