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
June 1, 2021: Sadly, overnight camp programs will not be running this year. HOWEVER! We are excited to be offering alternative programming in partnership with Out to Play in the form of two weeks of day camp in Ottawa at a farm and forest school! Register here! There are limited spots available (only 16 campers per week, divided into two cohorts of eight) and we know this is not geographically accessible for some of you; for those of you who won’t be joining us this summer, you will be so missed.
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.