The OCA logo identifies to campers, their families and staff that a camp meets industry standards – only accredited camps are able to use the OCA logo on literature and on their signs.
Support, Mentoring and Crisis Management
The Ontario Camps Association’s Board and Members provide support and mentoring for start-up camps, human resource management, purchasing power, and most importantly, when issues arise, there is literally hundreds of years of experience, collectively amongst OCA Members, who are willing to provide their knowledge and expertise.
Membership in the OCA means lower insurance rates for camps. Why? The Year-round Standards are provincially recognized and it has been proven in the latest research that camps that follow the guidelines have 34% fewer accidents and incidents. OCA membership allows access to the Canadian Camping Association’s insurance program.
OCA Year-round Standards
The Province of Ontario knows and approves that camps that are part of the OCA are visited every four years. Following the visits, camps are notified of any concerns or issues regarding the Year-round Standards and are given opportunities to make the required changes before the next summer. Every OCA Camp follows this system to ensure quality in all areas of operations, programming, safety and health, and employment.
When changes to regulations that have a potential negative impact on the camp industry are proposed by the government, the OCA lobbies the government on behalf of all of its membership camps. As the OCA represents close to 400 camps, it has had a powerful voice with government officials over the last number of years.
OCA Camps presently have their information posted on this Website for parents, campers, staff and the general public to have easy access to their information.
The OCA sends out a quarterly e-newsletter to its member camps to provide the camp community a province-wide voice; it also provides a venue for new and important information or changes in government regulations, vendors’ news and members’ news.
Annual Conference and Educational Workshops
OCA delivers educational workshops throughout the year to provide professional development opportunities to its member camps and their staff. Topics include: Administration, Site and Facilities, Legalities, Child Development, Environment, Social Networking, Health Care, Risk Management, Staff Training, Leadership, Skills, and Additional Needs. The conferences and workshops include current and relevant information.
The OCA provides member camps with access to research, completed by the Canadian Camping Association and the American Camps Association, which is important to the camps industry. Knowing new trends and having data that is supportive of new initiatives will help camps with their planning.