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Provincial Camp Letter Writing Day – Saturday, May 8, 2021 

We received 3,000 letters in support of camp, and continue to see more come in – thank you to everyone who took the time to write a letter!

We received so many letters where campers and families told stories about why summer at camp is so important to them: access to the outdoors, nutritious meals, and time to grow, learn, and play on their own terms. We were touched to read many letters by campers who know they won’t be attending camp in person this summer as their camps have decided to close or pivot to different programs who asked the Premier to open camps so that other campers will be able to go to camp this summer.

We are SO proud of the Ontario camps community and of all of our campers for their kindness, empathy, and strength. We continue to work hard to advocate for all camps to be able to operate responsibly, and for those not able to operate this summer to have the support they need to make it to summer 2022.

OCA’s #PlanForCamp Online Campfire

On April 12, 2021, a campfire was held to light the path back to camp. Please watch our video here, and then head to planforcamp.ca to take action! There is something everyone can do to support camps, whether you are a parent or a camper.

What is #planforcamp

#planforcamp is an OCA social media campaign created to show why camps, families, and youth need camps to open this summer.


What does #planforcamp mean for Ontario families?

The OCA encourages parents/guardians, campers, and camp staff to #planforcamp to happen this summer. Register at camp, apply for jobs at camp – be prepared and excited for camps to be open.

Provincial leaders, camp families and the general public trust the OCA. To be OCA Accredited, our Camps and Outdoor Education Centres go through an Accreditation process where the OCA ensures that the camp or outdoor education centre adheres to our more than 600 Standards designed to ensure the health and safety of campers and staff.

OCA Accredited - What does it mean?

What does #planforcamp mean for Ontario camps?

The OCA has a #planforcamps to operate safely and responsibly during the COVID-19 pandemic. The OCA Guidance Document (coming soon) and a special Field Guide (coming soon) has been co-authored by experts from OCA’s COVID-19 Task Force and from The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto (SickKids).

Read the letter of support for camps from Dr. Williams. (March 18, 2021)

What does #planforcamp mean for the Ontario government?

The OCA is working collaboratively with the Ontario Premier’s Office, Ontario Health and the office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) to #planforcamp by ensuring that the safe opening of camps is included in the Framework for Reopening, and for the CMOH and Premier’s cabinet to reverse the May 2020 closure order on overnight camps.

Learn more about the work we’re doing to #planforcamp

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