Accreditation Standards

In order for camps to become accredited or maintain their accreditation, they must follow and maintain a set of Standards.

PROCESS TO OBTAIN ACCREDITATION BY A NON-MEMBER CAMP

  1. A Camp completes the OCA Provisional Application package.
  2. The Membership Committee reviews the package and makes a recommendation to the Board of Directors.
  3. If the recommendation is to accept the application, The Board can then choose whether or not to approve the camp as a Provisional 1 Applicant.
  4. If approved, the camp will have a Standards Visit that summer.
  5. In the Fall, The Standards Committee reviews the paperwork from the visit and makes a recommendation to the Board, and informs the camp of their status.
  6. The camp is then informed of the Board’s decision as to whether they will advance to P2 or remain at P1 status.
  7. A 2nd visit will take place the next summer, following the same steps.
  8. If both the 1st and 2nd visits are successful, the Camp shall become Accredited.
  9. If a Provisional Camp is unable to become accredited after 3 summers of visits, the Camp will lose the opportunity to become accredited. However, after a one-year lapse, the camp may reapply to restart the process as a Provisional Camp.

PROCESS TO MAINTAIN ACCREDITATION BY A MEMBER CAMP

  • Once a camp becomes a Accredited, they are revisited every 4 years.
  • The Board will automatically re-accredit the camp if they meet 100% of the applicable Mandatory Standards and 90% of the applicable Recommended Standards in each section.
  • If a camp does not meet these requirements,  the Standards Committee will conduct a review. Once completed, the Committee will make a recommendation to the Board.

The Board will make one of the following decisions:

  1. The camp is accredited or re-accredited for 4 years.
  2. The Board requires a letter of response or undertaking from the camp to comply with the Standards before a 4-year accreditation or re-accreditation is given.
  3. The Board requires the camp to be re-visited the following year and requires a letter of undertaking from the camp to comply with the Standards before a 1-year accreditation or re-accreditation is given.
  4. The camp is not accredited/re-accredited and remains a Provisional Applicant/ reverts back to Provisional status.

The Board may revoke the Membership of any camp if, in their opinion, the camp does not adhere to the objectives, goals or standards of the OCA.

 

2017 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  HEALTHCARE  

FD  FOOD SERVICE   

TR  ALL TRIPS AND EXCURSIONS   

TN  TRANSPORTATION   

CAMP PROGRAM 

PG  PROGRAM GENERAL    

LAND PROGRAMMES

LP  LAND PROGRAMMES  

WATER PROGRAMS

BT  BOATING   

SW  SWIMMING   

APPENDIX

GLOSSARY & YEAR-ROUND STANDARDS SUMMARY