Provincial Camp Letter Writing Day taking place on Saturday, May 8

Camp has a magical way of opening campers’ eyes to all kinds of possibilities. Yet, none of us in the community foresaw the possibility that 2020 would be the summer of no camp.

The Ontario Camps Association’s diverse membership of camps and outdoor education centres speaks to the plethora of possible experiences available to Ontarians every summer. We are a community of communities – but from those many voices comes a singular request: help us plan for camp in 2021.

Leading up to this summer, the OCA is working to make sure that whatever support camps require is available to them – every camp will need to decide what makes the most sense for their community.

This includes the idea that any camp ready, willing and able to open and operate responsibly has the tools to do just that.

But in order to open responsibly, they need time to plan. They need time to prepare. They need permission to open.

Today we’re asking you to add your voice to this specific cause and tell your story. Help the people who can make camp a possibility this summer see what it means to the people who love it the most – our campers, our families, our communities.

We need all friends of camp – campers, parents, staff, alumni and more – to write to Doug Ford, the Ontario Premier, on Saturday, May 8 telling him why camps need to be allowed to open this summer. Thoughtful and heartfelt letters will help make this campaign successful, and support camps in Ontario!

What we need:

Write your letter to Premier Ford and send it on May 8: premier@ontario.ca

Please CC the following people:

Here are some sample letters to get you started:

Camper Letter

“Dear Premier Ford,

I’ve struggled a lot over the past year. Here’s how…

In fact, kids are struggling all around me.

It’s so important that you find a way to let me be with some friends this summer!

The best way I can think of is my camp. Here’s why…”


Parent Letter:

“Dear Premier Ford,

My child(ren) has/have struggled a lot over the past year. Here’s how…

In fact, children and youth are struggling all around me.

It’s so important that you find a way to let my child(ren) be with some friends this summer!

The best way I can think of is our camp. Here’s how…”

Key supporting facts:

  • The mental health impact on camper-aged children in your family
  • The critical loss that children and youth have experienced is social time with friends a.k.a. “social malnutrition”
  • Camps have been planning all year so that the summer can be delivered carefully and responsibly.

Parents looking for more content suggestions can look here: https://planforcamp.ca/#mpp.



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. Head to planforcamp.ca to learn more about what you can do to show your support for Ontario camps.

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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