Who We Are
Camp Ten Oaks is a two-location, one-week each, sleep-away camp for children and youth ages 8-17 from 2SLGBTQ+ (two spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer) identities, families, and communities. The program first opened its doors in August 2005. It doubled in capacity in 2018 with the addition of our second location, allowing for nearly 200 campers.
COVID-19 and Camp Ten Oaks
May 19, 2020: The Government of Ontario has announced that overnight camps will not be able to operate this summer. This means we will not be able to run Camp Ten Oaks East (near Kingston, ON) this summer.
April 15, 2020: Sadly, the campsite we rent for Camp Ten Oaks West (in London, ON) announced yesterday that they are shutting down operations for the summer because of the pandemic. This means that we will not be able to run that week of camp. The campsite that hosts Camp Ten Oaks East (in Parham, ON) has not yet decided to close and we are holding off on making a decision about that session of camp as we closely monitor the evolution of COVID-19 and the guidance from public health agencies.
The intentional magic of summer camp
EMPOWERMENT THROUGH PLAY
Camp Ten Oaks is the first and only summer camp of its kind in Canada. We offer children a space where they can feel not only accepted, but celebrated. For many campers, our program is the cornerstone of their year.
Our programming variety allows campers to receive instruction, strengthen old skills and develop new ones with the option to participate in outdoor adventure, waterfront, arts, social justice activities and sports. We empower children and youth through play that enhances self-esteem, life skills, independence, leadership and self-confidence.
Recruitment, Retention and Support of BIPOC Volunteers at Camp Ten Oaks – Review
The strength of the Ten Oaks Project is our people. We wouldn’t be here without our campers, camper families, volunteers, communities, and all the folks who create magic behind the scenes for all the children and youth we serve. We are committed to all our programs, initiatives, and work being equitable and accessible, and this means continually taking a hard look at who our campers and volunteers are, and what communities are missing. Summer camps in Canada are historically predominantly white spaces, and our programs are no different. In January 2017, we hired a consultant to review the recruitment, retention and support of BIPOC volunteers at Camp Ten Oaks so we can grow as an organization and do a better job of examining and confronting our racism and white privilege. We know this journey of (un)learning is a continuous one, and we are excited to learn from this report and take the next steps in creating a safer and more inclusive volunteer program for BIPOC folks.
The recommendations in the report range from things we can and will begin doing immediately (such as revising our application forms, interview guides, and volunteer selection process) to things that are a process we can begin now (such as building new relationships with community organizations) and which will develop and grow with time and investment from the Ten Oaks Project. To read the full report, please follow this link.