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.

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 PROGRAMMES

BT  BOATING

SW  SWIMMING   

APPENDIX

GLOSSARY & YEAR-ROUND STANDARDS SUMMARY   

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

Introduction

Management and Administration

Human Resources

Campsite, Facilities & Equipment

Health Care

Food Service

All Trips & Excursions  

Transportation

Programming

Land Programmes

Boating

Swimming

Glossay

Table of Standards

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.