Accreditation Standards

Ontario parents and guardians send their children to OCA Accredited Camps because they know of our dedication to standards and principals. We work hard to elevate the camp profession by providing a framework (the OCA Standards) to objectively evaluate camp excellence. The Year-round Standards are regularly reviewed and revised to adapt to current regulations and practices.

2018 Year-round Standards

To view the OCA Year-round Standards by section, please use the links below:

LOGO, DISCLAIMER & INDEX
INTRODUCTION

Camp Operations

MA  MANAGEMENT AND ADMINISTRATION
HR  HUMAN RESOURCES
CFE  CAMPSITE, FACILITIES AND EQUIPMENT
HC  HEALTH CARE
FD  FOOD SERVICE
TR  ALL TRIPS AND EXCURSIONS
TN  TRANSPORTATION

Camp Programmes

PG  PROGRAM GENERAL

Land Programmes

LP  LAND PROGRAMMES

Water Programmes

BT  BOATING

SW  SWIMMING

Appendix

GLOSSARY

YEAR-ROUND STANDARDS SUMMARY

View the 2017 Year-round Standards, with changes highlighted in RED:

Index

Introduction

Management and Administration

Human Resources

Campsite, Facilities and Equipment

Health Care

Food Service

All Trips and Excursions

Transportation

Programming

Land Programmes

Boating

Swimming

Glossary

In all, there are over 400 standards, although the exact number that each camp must follow depends on whether or not the standard applies to the camp (e.g., a camp with no out-tripping program does not need to meet the out-tripping standards).

The standards questions are very specific. Major (mandatory) standards are considered to be the most important for the camp’s safe and efficient operation.

**NOTE:   To achieve or maintain accreditation, a camp must comply with 100% of all applicable Mandatory Standards. A camp must also comply with 90% of the Recommended Standards in each section. However, in a section where one (1) NO response brings the camp below 90% compliance, then one (1) NO response will be allowed. Where a camp answers a Mandatory or Recommended Standard as “no” or “not applicable”, a written explanation is required.

Interpreting the Year-round Standards

This document contains audio recordings and transcripts with explanations and tips to assist you in answering commonly misinterpreted Year-round Standards. For the interactive component to work, the file must be downloaded and saved to your computer and opened in a PDF reader (Adobe Acrobat DC or Acrobat Reader DC, for example). If opened in a web browser, the PDF will not work.

Interpreting the Year-round Standards – Interactive PDF