Resources for Campers (and Their Families)

Camp is life.

Camp is an important life-changing experience for youth, and truly a Canadian tradition. In a safe and positive environment, not only do kids get to play and have fun, they are provided enriching opportunities to develop life skills like resilience, responsibility, independence, and self-confidence under the supervision of trained and caring role models.

Campers:

  • belong to a community where caring, kindness, and empathy are valued highly, supporting campers to be themselves
  • unplug from technology and play outside with new friends
  • have new experiences while building teamwork and leadership skills
  • push themselves to try new things and make the impossible possible
  • develop healthy habits, like caring for their belongings and their environment

How to Choose a Camp

Choosing the camp that’s the best fit for your camper and your family doesn’t need to be a challenge – we’re here to help!

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Camps vs. Outdoor Education Centres

Not sure about the difference between “camps” and “outdoor education centres?” This comparison will help.

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Choose OCA Approved

Choosing an “OCA Approved” camp or outdoor education centre comes with important advantages.

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COVID-19 FAQ’s for Parents

Camps and outdoor centres are adapting to the pandemic. We’ve collected some important COVID-19 resources here.

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International Campers

Considering coming to Ontario for camp from outside Canada? Here’s some helpful information.

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Special Needs and Inclusion

Information for campers (children, teen, and adults) who need specific accommodations.

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Funding and Subsidies

Camps and outdoor education centres are for everyone. Learn more about subsidies and other funding sources.

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Frequently Asked Questions

More answers for campers and their families.

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Find a Camp or Outdoor Education Centre

Let us know what you’re looking for and we’ll help narrow the search.

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Our Camps Guide

Each January we publish a complete guide to approved camps, outdoor education centres, and preferred vendors.