Like a regular camp, times 10
Volunteers who work with us experience the magic of camp in every aspect of their experience. So, pack your swimsuit, grab a hat, and put on some sunscreen—because it’s time to volunteer!
COVID-19 Update: We plan to resume in-person programs in the summer of 2021, while also continuing to offer virtual programs. Returning volunteers are key to our ability to do so. While we are not actively recruiting new volunteers at this time, new and returning volunteers are still encouraged to follow the application link below so that we can keep connected.Apply to volunteer at camp
Volunteering at Camp Ooch & Camp Trillium
Our volunteer community is diverse, ranging in age from 19 to 70+. Volunteers from across Ontario support us year-round at in-hospital, community, virtual and overnight camp programs.
By volunteering at Ooch & Trillium, you’ll make a meaningful difference in the lives of kids and families affected by childhood cancer—and they’ll change your life, too.
Our programs typically take place in Toronto, Ottawa, London, Hamilton, Waterford, Muskoka, Wellington, Sudbury, and Arden. This summer, family retreats are being offered at our Rainbow Lake and Ooch Muskoka sites. Our goal is to keep as many of the fun camp traditions and magic of camp intact for Campers and families to experience again — or for the very first time. Day camps are being offered in Toronto, London, and Ottawa. Leadership day camp will take place in Toronto. Wilderness expeditions for teens may be possible in the late summer and fall of 2021.
All volunteers must attend a one- or two-week summer session at overnight camp or day camp in order to be eligible to volunteer in community or in-hospital programs.
Qualifications & requirements
We work with hundreds of volunteers every year. All prospective volunteers must be available for our annual volunteer training weekend in order to qualify.
- Criminal record check and/or Vulnerable Sector Screening
- Provide proof of immunization status
- Completion of two-step tuberculosis (TB) test
- Age 19 years of age
- Experience working with children is an asset
- Certification in Emergency First Aid/CPR or Bronze Cross certification (role dependent)
Volunteer applications are typically accepted every year starting in December for summer camp. Volunteers must attend a one or two-week summer session at overnight camp or day camp to be eligible for community or in-hospital programs. Interviews are held in January and February, and volunteer staffing decisions are made in late March. Upon offer, volunteers must complete a criminal record check and/or Vulnerable Sector Screening, submit proof of immunizations, complete a two-step tuberculosis (TB) test, and get a First Aid or Bronze Cross certification (role dependent).
Once those tasks are complete, all volunteers attend our annual volunteer training weekend in the spring. A travel subsidy may be available for individuals travelling outside a defined area.
COVID-19 Update: Preparations are underway to resume a limited number of in-person camp programs. We are not actively recruiting new volunteers at this time but still encourage you to fill out an application so that we can reach out to you when recruitment resumes. Fill out our volunteer inquiry form to get started.
Thanks for your interest in volunteering! We’re excited to learn more about you.
Thank you for your continued support of Ooch & Trillium—we can’t wait to see you soon! Preparations are underway to resume in-person camp programs. Please go to the staff dashboard to apply for programs, manage your account, and update your information.
Apply to volunteer at CampNew Camp Volunteer inquiry form
Other volunteer opportunities
Event & Office Volunteers
Help out around our headquarters or at a fundraising event—there are lots of ways to lend a hand!
Medical Staff & Volunteers
We need nursing staff to administer medications and care for our Campers. Learn how you can get involved.
Still have questions about volunteering? Feel free to contact us: