All about Ooch

A brave spirit makes all things possible

Camp Ooch helps kids affected by childhood cancer explore enriching, and fun experiences with kids and volunteers who understand. Our programs allow kids who were forced to grow up too fast feel like kids again. New in 2020 are virtual programs, keeping our community safe and connected during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The power of Camp

Camp Ooch is often referred to as the social cure for cancer. It’s a place where kids play, grow and enjoy new experiences in a safe, welcoming environment. Our programs celebrate kids for who they are – not what they have.

The joy and confidence gained from Camp Ooch is a crucial aspect of our Campers’ health and well-being. Ooch gives Campers the chance to meet other kids or Counsellors who’ve faced the same illnesses, had the same surgeries, or other Campers who know what it’s like to have a sick sibling. Camp restores a sense of normalcy, new found strength and hope.

When you’re with Camp Ooch, the only elephant in the room is the elephant that Campers have handcrafted out of paper mache and pipe cleaners.

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Making the Magic of Ooch

In 1983, an ambitious group of volunteers banded together to form a summer camp unlike any other in Canada. Exclusively serving children with cancer, Camp Oochigeas was privately funded, staffed entirely by volunteers, and completely free.

Over 35 years later, Camp Ooch is still a privately funded, volunteer-driven charity that’s free for families. Thanks to our generous partners and donors, we’ve broadened our programs, reaching over 1,800 kids and 745 families affected by childhood cancer every year.

Ooch is run by 50+ full-time staff, specially trained medical teams, and is supported by more than 600 Volunteers. Our programs serve kids and their families in communities and paediatric oncology centres across Ontario. Ooch Muskoka is the only overnight oncology camp in Canada able to provide onsite IV chemotherapy and blood transfusions. New in 2020 are virtual camp programs, keeping our community together even when we’re apart!

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"My first summer, I ended up getting chemo twice at Camp. It was definitely a one-of-a-kind experience, being in a hospital chair one minute and in the lake the next!"

— Marisa, Ooch Camper

More about Camp Ooch

Our history

Thanks to your support, we've grown so much since our beginnings in 1983. Learn about our journey here.

Our history

Our partners

We partner with Ontario's best paediatric oncology hospitals and Camp associations. Much of our work wouldn't be possible without them.

Ooch partners

Our leadership

Our incredible team is led by a diverse Board of Directors and staff leadership team.

Our leadership

Careers at Ooch

Join our incredible team! View all open full-time and summer positions at Camp Ooch.

Careers at Ooch

Accountabililty & Impact

Review our annual and impact reports, volunteers/donor roll and policy information.

Accountability & Impact

Rent Ooch facilities

Book your next event at our well-equipped Ooch Downtown or Ooch Muskoka locations! You can rent anything from boardrooms to cabins, or rooftop patios to climbing walls.

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Contact us

We're available during regular working hours for any questions regarding programs, fundraising, donations, and more.

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Help support Camp Ooch

Donate now

Give today to help us expand and bring more camp to more kids across Ontario, including our new virtual programs!

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Volunteering at Ooch is unlike any experience you've ever had – we guarantee it.

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