Ontario Camps Association
April 2014
Issue No.4
In This Issue:

President's Message

Camp Ooch
- Fundraising Event  
OCA Health Care Committee  
- Mental Health  
-First Aider Responsibilities  
Northland-B'nai Brith 
-Skills Weekend  
Camp Kandalore 
- Wilderness First Aid  
Kids In Camp 
- Fundraising Event  
Help My Walkie Got Wet
President's Message


Dear OCA Members,

Spring has sprung, at least for two or three days. Before you know it we will be complaining about mosquitoes and black flies.

I know this is a busy time of year for all of us; I hope your planning is going well.

Please don't forget about registering your health care professionals and first aid staff for the Health Care Conference
being held Saturday, May 3rd, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at Bayview Glen Upper School, click here to download a registration form.  
A great way to start your camp staff training is to register them for the Counsellor Conference. Stu Saunders will be the Keynote Speaker and his presentation is titled, "Moments that Matter". The Conference will be Saturday, May 24th, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm at Camp Robin Hood. Busing will be provided from three locations at no extra charge. **New this year...the group rate is now available for five or more staff. Please click here to download a registration form.  
**Please note the deadline for ordering trees from the CCA Tree Planting Program has passed (March 25th). Further information, for camps who placed a tree order, will be in the May Newsletter.
At this time, I would like to thank everyone who has volunteered their time to be a Standards Visitor for this summer. The number of Members has increased and this summer is a record breaking year with 150 scheduled visits. The Standard Visitors' and Camps' packages were mailed the last week of March. In addition, Camps not being visited were sent a copy of the new Guidelines for Accreditation, which also may be found on the OCA Website.

Only 72 days to Camp!!








On Sunday May 11th 2014 - unite the camping community from across Ontario to raise money for children affected by childhood cancer. The Camp Fundraising Challenge provides an opportunity to engage campers and counsellors, alumni, staff, friends, and family while providing participants with both a physical and philanthropic challenge.   

Raise $100 and Run for Free*

If you raise $100 or more through your online fundraising page your race registration fee will be reimbursed!  Click here for more details.

Join the Camp Fundraising Challenge!

To join this challenge click here
 to set up your online fundraising page. 

For more information please contact Amber Knabl at 

sl10k@ooch.org or call 416-961-6624 ext. 207

OCA Health Care Committee
Mental Health & First Aider Responsibilities   

Mental Health Issues at Camp 

The topic was presented by Cheryl Bernknopf, who has over 30 years of camp nurse experience and has been a long standing member of the OCA Health Care Committee. She is currently a Professor of Nursing at Seneca College. Cheryl has a strong background in pediatric nursing and a special interest in adolescent mental health. She has found that there is a growing challenge to accommodate those campers with mental health issues while at the same time looking at the bigger picture of camp. Some of the issues Cheryl addressed included: how to prepare the camper and camp effectively to meet possible challenges; is the camper a good fit for the camp; and does the camp have all the medical information to allow for a successful experience.


To learn....

how to evaluate mental health issues at camp

understand our role in children's mental health at camp

about legal pitfalls that may occur

look at moral and ethical dilemmas


Please  click here to view Cheryl's presentation.


First Aiders and Medication Administration 
at Summer Camp

Today's campers and staff are coming to camp with more health care needs and more complex care requirements. Parents expect that the health care their child will receive at camp will be of a high quality. In Ontario, summer camps are required to have a physician, nurse (RN/RPN) or a first aider (with their Standard First Aid certificate) on site (Health Protection & Promotion Act R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 568, s. 7 (1)). Each camp must determine the most appropriate health care provider that will complement the health care needs of their campers and staff. 


Camps that employ First Aiders usually have a healthy population with very few medical concerns. It is important to realise that administering medications is not part of a First Aiders training. Administering medications is a complicated procedure with the potential for significant consequences if not given as prescribed. It is recommended that camps who utilize a First Aider for administering medications should obtain a signed consent from the parents/guardian or a physician with clear instructions regarding the medication to be given, when it should be administrated and how it is to be given. This consent form should clearly state that the person who will be administering their child's medication is a first aider, not a healthcare professional. There are many examples of consent forms on the internet as this is the practice in the Ontario school system.


The camp should have clear written policies regarding who is to administer the camper's medication, how the medication is to be stored and the documentation that is required to be completed when the medication has been given. These policies should apply to both prescribed medications and over the counter medications like Acetaminophen (TylenolŪ). All medications being brought to camp must be in their original containers and clearly labelled with the camper's name on it.  





Camp Northland-B'nai Brith is hosting a Skills Weekend, to train staff, June 6-8th and offering the following courses: 
  • Canoe
  • Kayak
  • Sailing
  • Windsurfing
Click here for the Registration Form. 


Camp Kandalore is hosting several Wilderness First Aid courses in the month of June. The 2014 dates are:

  • Wilderness Advanced First Aid (WAFA)-June 6 - 9
  • WAFA to WFR Bridge, June 10 - 13
  • Wilderness First Responder (WFR), June 6 - 13
  • Wilderness First Aid (WFA), June 19 - 20

 Click here for the Registration Form.

Kids In Camp  

All Aboard for KIC 

Kids In Camp is planning an exciting event on May 1st. Board the Captain Matthew Flinders at 6:00 pm for a delightful cruise around the Toronto islands and support kids going to OCA Accredited Camps. To learn more about this event and to register, click here





                          AND IT DOESN'T WORK!

These are words that no Camp Director wants to hear. Walkies and water don't mix.  But it is inevitable that this is going to happen and here is a quick guide to help you when it does.


First and foremost, turn the unit off immediately and TAKE THE BATTERY OUT.  This will minimize damage.


To learn more...click here.


Dialcom Communications Limited is a Member of the OCA and Bruce Phillips has been the owner since its inception in 1974. Call or email him for more information at 705 737 2337 (Barrie) or bruce@dialcom.ca

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