In 1983 an ambitious group of volunteers banded together to form a summer camp unlike any other in Canada. Exclusively serving children with cancer, it would be privately funded, staffed entirely by volunteers and completely free. A camp where every child, no matter how debilitating their illness, would be provided an opportunity to explore enriching, challenging, fun experiences through what is fondly referred to today as the Magic of Ooch.
Thirty years later, Ooch has experienced exponential growth. Serving over a thousand children with and affected by cancer each year, various programs now serve siblings, bereaved siblings and parents. Ooch continues to be the only overnight camp in Ontario to offer onsite chemotherapy IV treatment and blood transfusions. Often referred to as the social cure for cancer, we have expanded programs year-round in Muskoka, at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), Ooch Downtown and various other cancer centres across Ontario.
With over 450 annual volunteers, 41 full-time staff and a culture that was voted one of Canada’s top 10 most admired cultures by Waterstone in 2012, we continue to recruit loyal talent. Building programs to meet the ever-changing landscape of paediatric healthcare, Ooch relies on the generous support of foundations, donors and volunteers. Ooch does not receive government or hospital funding.
Ontario Camps Association (OCA)
The Hospital for Sick Children
The Hospital for Sick Children is one of the largest paediatric academic health science centres in the world, with an international reputation for excellence in health care, research and teaching.
Association Canadienne des Camps Pédiatriques d’Oncologie/Canadian Association of Pediatric Oncology Camps ACCPO/ CAPOC
A national collaboration of children’s oncology camping organizations committed to excellence ensuring that every child affected by childhood cancer has the opportunity for a safe first-class paediatric oncology camping experience.
Camp Oochigeas; Camp Trillium; Camp Goodtimes; Brigadoon; Camp vol d’été Leucan; Camp Circle o' Friends; Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta, Camp Quality; Camp Delight; Camp Goodtimes NS, Camp Goodtimes NB
The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)
Imagine Canada's Ethical Code Program