At camp FAQs
My Child lost something at camp. What can we do?
All items left behind at camp are laid out daily for campers to look through the next day. Parents are also welcomed to call the Continuing Studies office or come by during operating hours to check the Lost and Found themselves. To reduce the number of lost items, please ensure your child’s belongings are properly labeled with their first and last name. At the end of summer, all unclaimed items are disposed of or donated to a local charity.
What should my child bring to Camp?
Please pack a comfortable backpack that fits your child properly with the following items daily:
A large water bottle, sunscreen, bug spray and a hat
Appropriate clothing and footwear for the weather and participation in physical activities outside rain or shine
Closed-toed shoes if attending a Trades or Cooking camp.
A nutritious lunch including 2 healthy snacks. Due to allergies, please do not include any nut butters or nut snacks.?Campers will not be able to purchase food at camp and will not have access to the cafeteria or vending machines.
Emergency supplies if applicable. E.g. mask, inhalers, medication for allergies etc. On the first day, let the staff know where the emergency supplies are in their backpack
Small portable umbrella on rainy days (optional).
Please note: we recommend labeling all personal items. All unlabeled lost and found will be disposed of. Our staff will do their best to help participants keep track of their items, however we will not be held responsible for any lost or broken items.
Why is the room number not on my receipt?
We sometimes run into room, software, or scheduling issues, so this year you will be emailed the week prior to camp starting with your camp room number. We have Camp OC staff out every Monday morning to help guide you to the correct room.
Please see sections below for campus specific information regarding drop off and pick up.
Do I have to pay for parking?
No, parking is free during pick up and drop off.
Are early drop off and late pick-up services available?
Drop off for Camp is between 8 and 8:30 am. Please note there are no planned activities before 8:30 am.
Pickup is at 3:30 pm, staff is here until 4pm.
In Kelowna and Penticton, we offer "After Camp Care" for an additional fee, from 3:30-5 pm
Are lunch or snacks provided?
No, we do not provide lunch or snacks to the campers. Parents are required to provide their child with lunch, snacks, and drinks (nut-free, please).
Do kids have access to vending machines?
No, campers will not have access to vending machines.
What happens at lunch time and breaks?
Lunch and breaks are generally spent outside.
When required (such as smoke or heat), campers will have access to inside play, games, and activities.
What does a day at camp look like?
Camp OC runs similarly to school. We spend time outside each morning, lunch, and afternoon. While in the classroom, we work on camp specific projects, tasks, and activities.
What if the weather is poor, will you still go outside?
Summers in the Okanagan are awesome! We always strive for the campers attending Camp OC to be outside for most or a portion of the day. Please dress accordingly.
With the increase in wildfires and smoke it is not always possible to be outside. Please note that we will be following the Air Quality index and may have to accommodate activities and activity levels accordingly. https://weather.gc.ca/airquality/pages/bcaq-008_e.html
How many kids are in a camp?
Anywhere from 10-20 campers per camp.
Who teaches your camps?
Most of the Camp OC instructors are teachers by trade. They are all professional educators with experience in teaching. All Camp OC instructors and employees have complete background checks (Criminal Record Checks). Many also have First Aid training.
What is the staff to camper ratio?
We have one teacher for each camp with up to 20 campers.
Most camps also have additional camp helpers to assist in the classrooms.
Will there be field trips?
Some of the camps will have field trips. An additional “Field trip form” will be handed out in class, if applicable.