The main purpose of the Ontario Camps Association’s (OCA) Accreditation Program is to help camps maintain a safe and healthy experience for the children and staff in their care. Using the Year-round Standards, camps can examine their entire operation and determine if and where improvements should be made.
The Standards Program began in 1965. At that time, a document was created that outlined the best camps practices as determined by the membership of the OCA, entitled A Study of Camps Practices, listed. Simultaneously, Standards Visitations began and camps had to meet the standards in order to become Accredited. The OCA Standards has gone through several revisions since its inception and continues to be revised and updated as required.
Membership in the OCA and a commitment to follow the standards are not required by law to operate a camp in Ontario; rather it is a voluntary process. Therefore, camps who do belong to the OCA recognize the importance and value of adhering to high standards. Annually, OCA Camps sign a Membership Renewal Agreement re-committing to uphold Standards. Although camps can be very different, there are commonalities regarding health, safety, and best camp practices; therefore, one set of Standards is used for all camps.
The OCA is not a licensing body and following the OCA Standards is not a government regulation; however, some standards do duplicate government regulations, while others are camp best practices developed by the Membership over the years.
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THE OCA CODE OF PROFESSIONAL ETHICS
COMMUNICATION We shall be professional and accurate in all communication regarding staff and campers, to maintain confidentiality, to eliminate misunderstanding, and to prevent recruitment of another camp’s staff.
ADVERTISING We shall ensure that all programs, facilities and services are accurately advertised. All accredited member camps agree to use either the approved Association logo or the statement “Accredited Member of the Ontario Camps Association” in all advertising.
MONEY We shall conduct all financial dealings according to legal and fair business practices.
PRIVACY We shall protect the confidentiality of campers, parents and staff.
EMPLOYMENT We shall ask all participants if they have been employed by another camp. If so, the director will, in the spirit of good will, contact the previous director for reference and good clearance.
REQUESTS We shall request approval of the camp owner and or director for the use of files, lists, equipment and supplies of another camp, in operation or not.
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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.