Travel Information: Campers from abroad are asked to arrive and leave on the regular session arrival and departure dates if at all possible. If arriving by plane or train, the arrival or departure time should be confirmed with the Camp. This makes it much easier to co-ordinate pick up and departures, since the drive from camp to the airport may be several hours each way. Often, there will be one or more campers to be picked up at the airport, therefore be aware there may be a few hours wait before the campers depart for the camp. A staff member will care for them at all times. Upon arrival at camp, or if there is a major delay or problem, the camp will notify you by e-mail or phone. Please let the camp know when your camper(s) have departed from your airport and their expected arrival time in Ontario.
Quebec Camps, who are OCA Members, may use Pierre-Elliott Trudeau International Airport (Airport code: YUL)
Ontario Camps may use either Pearson International Airport (Airport code: YYZ) or Billy Bishop Island Airport (Airport code: YTZ)
Unaccompanied Young Passenger: Campers who fly alone, to be met by camp staff at the airport, should travel as Unaccompanied Young Passengers – the airlines will then be responsible to see that they are met by authorized staff. Parents should advise their camp of all travel details (airline, flight number, date, times, etc.) well in advance and should send the camper’s photo if it is their child’s first visit to camp. Please let camps know your camper(s) travel details by June 1st or earlier. See Airport Procedures for further information.
Make sure that the camper returns as an Unaccompanied Young Passenger upon completion of his or her stay. There may be a charge for this service by the airline, which you will pay at the time you purchase your flight tickets. This is an important detail, especially for children under 14 years. Please let the camp know if you wish your child to travel as an Unaccompanied Young Passenger if they are over 14 years old. See Unaccompanied Minors for further information.
Medical Insurance: *check with each individual camp to see what arrangements
they have made and what insurance coverage they have, and arrange additional coverage if you so desire*
Please make sure that your child comes with a phone number and any necessary insurance forms.
Visas: Depending on your country of origin, a Canadian visa may be necessary for your child’s stay at camp. If visas are necessary, please make sure all is in order prior to sending your child to camp. To determine whether your child needs to obtain a visa, please click the following link: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/visas.asp
Safekeeping of Documents: Upon arrival at camp, passports, plane tickets, travel money, cellular phone and any other special papers must be given to the director for safekeeping during the stay at camp. All children arriving at camp from outside of Canada must have their passport with them.
Additional Fees: Camps may have a surcharge for making individual arrangements to meet those who travel by air or train (please inquire with your specific camp). In addition, there may be an extra charge if your child needs to arrive one day early or leave one day late at camp. Please discuss any individual arrangements with your camp prior to making your payment.
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The OCA Conference Committee is proud to announce that Jesse Wente of CBC will be presenting the opening Keynote Address at the OCA 2017 A.