Volunteer at camp
By volunteering at Camp Ooch, you will make a meaningful difference in the lives of children with and affected by childhood cancer. Volunteers who work with us experience the Magic of Ooch in every aspect of their experience - everything from interviewing to training to camp and everything in between is filled with intentional learning and fun. Our volunteer community is diverse – ranging in age from 19-60. The one common denominator that binds this community is that every volunteer is passionate and committed to creating the best experience for our campers.
All volunteers start their experience at Over Night Camp or Day Camp at any of the summer sessions in July or August. After spending a week or two weeks at Camp, volunteers are eligible to staff any program that Ooch offers to it's campers from September to June. This includes volunteering on the 8th floor at The Hospital for Sick Children, at Ooch Downtown, and at Over Night Camp during the Fall and Winter months. Camp Ooch is more than a summer camp; we need volunteers 365 days a year!
It is because of our committed volunteer community that over 1200 children with and affected by childhood cancer experience the wonders of Camp, build confidence, challenge themselves and make new friends each year.
Volunteer at OOCH FUNDRAISING Events OR IN THE OFFICE
There are many opportunities to volunteer in the office or at community fundraising events.
Here's what our volunteers have said about their experience at Ooch:
I was looking for a way to give back to the community and a friend of mine who had volunteered at Ooch for years suggested I give it a try. I was a little hesitant; it was a Camp for kids with cancer after all. My first year I volunteered for a week and I was hooked! I couldn’t believe how this magical place lifted the spirits of the campers.
It’s been 14 years now and I’m still volunteering. Each year I look forward to the miles of smiles and laughter Camp brings to both campers and counsellors. I’ve made many friends and had experiences you can’t find anywhere else. It’s hard to share with people the emotions you feel when you help a camper that can’t stay awake for a meal because they are exhausted from chemotherapy treatment find the energy to reach the top of a high ropes course. Or to describe the happiness that fills you when you see a camper who at the beginning of Camp use a walker to move from room to room leave it in the dust as they run up a hill to see mom two weeks later.
Why do I keep going back? It’s simple: Ooch is a magical place with amazing people that make great things happen for awesome kids.
Hope to see you there, Anil
- “Being a part of Ooch is truly one of the best things I have ever been a part of. Being able to surround myself with kids and counsellors who were full of excitement and love for one another was truly very special. Ooch rocks!”
- “Incredible – you have to experience Ooch. Cannot describe it in words.”
- “I had a lot of fun, learned a lot about myself and the direction I want to take in life. Ooch shows me what is possible for me to accomplish when you are true to yourself. I can’t wait until next time.”
- “Wonderfully welcoming and very moving. Great kids, great counsellors.”
- “Once again, Ooch has been my most favourite week of the entire summer.”