Contact your camp to discuss their policies and procedures – here are a few questions you might want to ask!
The OCA has the responsibility to provide our camps with our Standards, resources, guidance, and advocacy. The OCA, however, has no mandate or responsibility to advise or instruct camps to operate or to close.
All decisions regarding operations (including refunds and credits) and/or closures are properly made by the camps’ governance, in accordance with the organization’s mission, principles and practices; by factual science and information; and, under the direction of all relevant government bodies and Public Health. For all questions related to refunds, credits, cancellation, etc., contact the camp directly.
The Ontario Camps Association does not accredit backyard camps or rent-a-counsellor programs. To read OCA’s statement on these programs, please click here.
Day Camps operating in the summer of 2020 adhered to OCA’s 2020 Standards for health and safety, OCA’s COVID-19 Summer 2020 Standards and also the Ministry of Health: COVID-19 Guidance: Summer Day Camps. On May 19, 2020 the Government of Ontario announced that overnight camps in Ontario would be ordered closed throughout the summer. To see a list of OCA accredited day camp programs that operated in summer 2020, please click here.
The regular OCA Approved accreditation is a process that includes visits every four years to ensure that OCA Approved camps and outdoor education centres are adhering to our 600+ Standards for safe and healthy camps. Due to COVID-19, no visits took place in 2020.