Join Now – Individuals

Individual membership is for individuals who are passionate about camp, and who want to join our community of like minded camp professionals!

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Individual Membership Benefits

Support

  • The OCA is here to support our Members. Collectively, our Board of Directors and wide network of camp industry professionals work with professional consultants including lobbyists, health experts, lawyers, policy advisors, social workers and more to provide OCA Members with up-to-date and accurate resources and support.
  • The OCA Support Hotline provides around-the-clock phone support to Members in immediate need.
  • We help you navigate both government and OCA Standards. We want all camps and outdoor education centres to succeed and be safe and fun environments for everyone!

Mentoring

The camps industry is unique – we are a community of like-minded people who want to ensure that the Canadian tradition of camp and outdoor education is available, accessible, and safe for everyone. In this spirit, the OCA provides mentorship connections for Individual Members who, in writing, commit to starting the Provisional One Application process at the next available opportunity.

Resources

The OCA sends out a weekly e-newsletter, the OCA Weekly, to all OCA Members. It provides updates from the OCA, relevant news and resources, health updates, policy updates from the government, upcoming events, what’s happening on social media, and other information relevant to the camps industry. During COVID-19, these resources have helped more than 800 OCA Members!

Annual Conference and Educational Workshops

The OCA delivers a variety of educational workshops to provide professional development and networking opportunities to our Members. These events are delivered as either part of your membership, or at a discounted members-only rate, and have included events such as:

  • OCA Connects, our annual conference
  • Health Conference
  • Campfire of Inclusion
  • Staff Summit
  • Sessions on topics as needed, such as Mental Health First Aid Training, the Equity and Diversity Ambassador Program, and health hot topics
  • OCA Meet-Ups, Holiday Parties, and other networking events

We are continuing to support our Members through virtual events, such as Town Halls, Webinars, Think Tanks, Coffee Hours, and other sessions on a variety of topics which have included:

  • Mental Health
  • Online Safety
  • Virtual Programming

The OCA also connects its Members with relevant external professional development opportunities in the OCA Weekly.

Research

The OCA provides Members with access to research by the Canadian Camping Association and the American Camp Association, providing data and trends that are important to the camps industry. The COVID-19 Task Force and OCA Board of Directors researched successful programs that ran in Summer 2020 to provide insight and direction for the 2021 season and beyond.

We also connect researchers to camps and outdoor education providers, and relevant organizations for their research.

Savings

  • Your OCA membership includes membership in the Canadian Camping Association.
  • Your OCA membership makes you eligible for OCA Member pricing, or free access, for OCA events!
  • OCA membership includes discounts for quality equipment and services, through our Preferred Vendors program.
  • Discounts for American Camp Association conferences.

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Benefits and Applications

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