Choosing a camp doesn’t have to be hard – we’re here to help!
There are many reasons why kids go to camp: to make new friends, to have fun in a safe and nurturing environment, to experience new activities such as canoeing, kayaking, swimming, horseback riding, tripping, ceramics, and so much more.
There are many reasons why parents want kids to go to camp; to continue to learn life skills, to provide a break from school, as an affordable alternative to daycare or a caregiver, and for a well-deserved break for themselves!
With these reasons in mind, here’s how to get your camper started on their camp journey!
Camps come in all shapes and sizes, and different lengths of time! You may be surprised by the amount of activities offered at camps, regardless of whether they’re day or overnight. With an OCA Approved Camp, you’re sure to find a great camp for your camper!
Once you’ve selected the kind of camp you want your camper to attend, it’s time to take a look at the kinds of programs offered to narrow it down to a few options! Are you looking for a camp with a specific religious affiliation? Are you looking for a traditional varied camp program, or a camp with a special focus like horseback riding, robotics, tennis, art, and more!
Head to our Find A Camp search with your camper. You are able to select filters such as location and cost, as well as kinds of activities and the focus of the camp.Learn More
Contact the camp you are interested in directly and ask how they would include your camper, what their registration process is like, and how the camp plans to meet your camper’s needs and interests. Ask about the resources they have to ensure a successful experience. Some camps cater exclusively to specific populations of special needs campers, which are listed in our Special Needs Accommodation Resource.View our Special Needs Accommodations Resource
You can use the OCA Find a Camp search to filter your search to only show camps that offer a subsidy! If you need additional help, click the button below for a list of organizations offering financial assistance. Most financial assistance applications should be submitted early in January or February due to the number of people applying as well as the limited funding that may be available. Be sure to check the specific deadline of your funding organization or camp. Most camps offering financial aid may still require you to pay a portion of the fees.Learn More
Once you have a few camps to choose from, it’s time to speak to the camp director about the experience your camper will have at camp!