Ooch provides life-changing experiences for kids with and affected by childhood cancer. It also provides life-changing experiences for those who volunteer.

Summer Programs

Summer Camp
Three two-week traditional summer sessions for children with cancer (ages 6-14).

A one-week Overnight Camp in the summer for bereaved siblings (ages 6-18).

A one-week Overnight Camp in the summer for recently diagnosed teens (ages 15-18). Open to Returning Volunteers only.

Summer Day Camp
Four weeks of Day Camp at Camp Robin Hood in Markham for young children (ages 4-7).

Summer In-City Day Camp
Five days of Day Camp at our Ooch Downtown facility at College and Bathurst in Downtown Toronto (ages 8-13).

Ooch Programs
Qualifications and criteria

All volunteers must be at least 19 years of age.

  • Experience working with children is an asset.
  • Moderate swimming skills and comfort participating in deep water activities is required.
  • Standard First Aid/CPR or Bronze Cross certification is required. (Ooch provides free re-certification clinics annually before Camp begins.)
  • A Police Background Check with Vulnerable Sector Verification
  • Must be available for the annual Volunteer Training Weekend in late May. Unfortunately we cannot make any exceptions.
  • Ooch Volunteers must attend a summer session either at Residential Camp or Day Camp in order to be eligible for programs at Ooch Downtown or at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) happening September - June. 
Time Commitment

Volunteers commit to volunteering for one or two weeks. For our two-week sessions, preference will be given to volunteers who can commit to both weeks.

Volunteer Roles

Cabin Counsellor: Our camper-to-staff ratio is approximately 1:1. Our counsellors work in teams to ensure the care and supervision of a cabin consisting of 4-8 campers. Campers are accompanied at all times - at activities, meals, on camping trips, etc. The cabin counsellors are responsible for creating a nurturing, fun-filled environment where the needs of each individual, as well as the whole cabin group, are met. In addition, our counsellors work on a program team to create special events and evening activities.

Activity Counsellor: These volunteers plan and facilitate the activities that cabin groups attend during the day. In a typical session, pottery, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, archery, drama, arts and crafts, adventure (ropes course) and sports are offered. Training is provided for many of these activities before the summer sessions start. In addition, each of the activity counsellors works closely with a cabin group.


Applications are accepted in December and January. Interviews are held in January and February and staffing decisions will be made in late March. Upon employment offer, volunteers must complete a police reference check and a two-step tuberculosis (TB) test.