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