Resources for Campers (and Their Families)

OCA Approved Camps and Outdoor Education Centres are special – they represent the highest level of camping in Ontario! To be OCA Approved, 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.

Our camps and outdoor education centres’ commitment to meeting the highest industry standards means that you can feel assured that your camper is in safe hands. Look for our OCA Accredited logo on your camp’s website today!

The easiest way to find an OCA Approved camp that’s a perfect fit for your camper is by using our Find My Camp tool. Click the button below to get started.

Find My Camp

What is camp all about?

Camp is an important life-changing experience for youth, and truly a Canadian tradition. Millions of campers of all ages across Canada attend camp each summer, and some attend camp programs in all seasons! At camp, campers are supervised by trained staff who guide them through physical activities like sports and other active play, crafts, music and dance and more!

Camp is a safe and positive environment, where campers get to play and have fun. Campers are provided enriching opportunities to develop life skills like resilience, responsibility, independence, and self-confidence!

Campers:

  • belong to a community that strives to be caring, empathetic and kind, 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
  • are exposed to new 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

Learn more about subsidies and other funding sources that are available.

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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.