March News
President's Message



Dear OCA Members,
 
This has been a great winter! We had a very successful Annual Conference and Tick & Lyme Disease Workshop. Now we are working towards implementing the Mental Health First Aid Certification Workshop (April 16th & 17th), the Campfire of Inclusion (April 12th), followed by the Health Care Conference (May 14th) and the Counsellor Conference (May 28th).

More good news! This year 15 main camps plus 7 satellite camps will be Provisional One Camps beginning the process of becoming accredited. Please watch for the Standards Visit packages coming to your mail box by the end of March. 

The Early Years lobbying campaign is still going strong. Unfortunately, the provincial government is standing firm on their regulations. The Early Years Committee is meeting again this week with the Ministry. We will keep you posted if there are any changes. 

Mark Diamond has been working with our membership to open free spaces in OCA accredited camps for new Canadians, First Nations people and other campers who have financial challenges. To date, over 100 placements have been made available by the generosity of our members. More information about how to get involved with this project will be sent to your attention in the near future.

Please welcome the following new Preferred Vendors to the OCA:
 
Camp Explorer Ltd. - Hai Rong Alex Qian
 
Entripy Custom Clothing - Andrea Pellizzer
 
Pawsitively Pets - Jennifer Ego
 
Sunrise Juices - Frank Johnston
Your participation in the OCA Newsletter is important. Please send your information, pertinent topics and ideas to heather@ontariocamps.ca before the first of the two following months: June and September.

If you have any questions regarding the Association, please let me know. 

Sincerely,
Adam Kronick 

 

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The Intercamp Classic is Back - Get Your Camp Involved!
Monday, May 23, 2016 
 
The 7th annual Intercamp Classic supporting Kids in Camp charity will be happening this year on Victoria Day, Monday, May 23, 2016 at the Powerade Centre just west of Toronto. At this year's event, participants representing camps from across Ontario will compete in various sports tournaments:
 
Softball - Offered to university aged students and to camp alumni (ages 18+)
Flag Football - Offered to high school and University aged students
Handball - Offered to people of all ages
(we have divisions for high school, university and alumni ages)
 
Approximately 1,000 campers, staff and camp alumni will be participating and it is projected that 2,000 people from the community will be in attendance. The participating teams will be playing on behalf of 20+ different Ontario camps. We'd love your camp to be involved!
 
Each team typically consists of nine to twelve participants. Each participant is required to fundraise a minimum of $120.  In exchange, each player is guaranteed a minimum of 3 games and will receive a jersey, food/drink/snack tickets, and access to entertainment including music, a raffle, inflatables, games and more. There are also great prizes available for the top fundraising individuals and teams.
 
All proceeds from the Intercamp Classic go to Kids in Camp (KIC) charity, which helps subsidize families in need giving their children the ability to attend camp in Ontario. The physical, emotional, and social skills that these kids develop at camp will be truly invaluable.
For more information about KIC see www.kidsincamp.com
 
This year, the event has the goal to send even more kids to camp and together we can make it possible! The official event website www.intercampclassic.com has more details and is where people can register, fundraise and donate. All donors will receive a charitable tax receipt sent to them. To see what the Intercamp Classic is all about, check out last year's Recap Video.
 
For more information, please contact Josh Howard by email (josh@intercampclassic.com) or phone (416-546-0700). Josh would be happy to answer further questions you may have. Thanks in advance for your support. The Intercamp Classic is looking forward to hopefully having teams from your camp involved in this year's event!
 
 
 
 
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