WHAT IS SUMMER CAMP?

The Ontario Camps Association Welcomes You to Canada!

Summer camp is a great Canadian tradition that you are going to love!

For thousands of Canadian kids, summer means time to go to camp — a supervised program of fun. In the old days, camp usually meant the great outdoors — hiking, canoeing, and campfires. Today’s camps have added a wide variety of other activities. For example, there are camps for the performing arts, music, magic, computers, language learning, mathematics, robotics, engineering and more. Many camps offer the same experience for children with special needs.

But most of all, Camp is the place where kids make friends and have fun. Camp encourages kids to relax, and to just be themselves - singing, laughing, talking, playing. Almost everything is done together.

There are many different kinds of camps. Summer camps may offer day and/or overnight programming. At day camps, campers may spend either half a day or a full day at camp. After camp, campers go home to eat dinner and sleep. At overnight camps, campers eat, sleep and play at camp for anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks. Campers do not go home during their time at camp.

There are also camps that offer programming to specific gender groups (e.g., girls only or boys only). As a newcomer to Canada, you may not be aware of why so many people love summer camp as much as we do. We want to welcome your kids and your family to Canada by sharing these wonderful experiences with you. Some ninety camps in Ontario have offered to invite refugee kids to experience camping — free of charge.

So please, give us a call at either 416-485-0425 or 1-844-485-0425 or email us at refugeesummer@ontariocamps.ca.

We are here to help you find the right camping experience for your child(ren) and your family!

Benefits of Summer Camp

At camp, children...

  • Spend their day being physically active
  • Experience success and become more confident
  • Build self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Gain resiliency and perseverance
  • Unplug from technology
  • Develop life-long skills
  • Grow more independent
  • Have free time for unstructured play
  • Learn social skills
  • Improve communications
  • Reconnect with nature
  • Make true friends


If you have any questions, please call Heather Heagle, OCA’s Executive Director, at either 416-485-0425 or 1-844-485-0425.

Please click here to download an application form.
The form is a fillable PDF and may be completed on the computer. Once completed, kindly email to refugeesummer@ontariocamps.ca.





Call Us:
416-485-0425
in the Toronto area
or 1-844-485-0425 Province-wide.

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Ontario Camps Association