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OPHEA Guidelines

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OPHEA & Ontario Camping Association (OCA) Compliant

ECOC is an accredited camp through the Ontario Camping Association, a highly recognized organization with mandated standards. In addition to meeting these standards, we align our programs with further standards set out by the Ontario Physical Education Safety Guidelines.

Through these two governing bodies, we are committed to providing our guests with a safe and meaningful experience.

OPHEA Guidelines Quick Reference

Click an activity below to access a link to the OPHEA guidelines and view further activity details. 

Water Activites

Ratio
Staff : Student

Grades Staff Certification
or Experience

Safety Equipment
Provided by ECOC

Must Bring

Notes

Canoeing
OPHEA guidelines »

1:8
+1 Supervisor

4-8

-ORCKA *
-National Lifeguard

-First Aid Kit
-Radio Comms
-Safety Kit
-PFD

- Sunscreen
- Waterbottle

+ Required Attire

Swim Test Required
Completed at ECOC Only

Flat Water Kayaking
OPHEA guidelines »

1:8
+1 Supervisor
7-8 -ORCKA *
-National Lifeguard
-First Aid Kit
-Radio Comms
-Safety Kit
-PFD

- Sunscreen
- Waterbottle

+ Required Attire

Swim Test Required
Completed at ECOC only

Paddleboarding
Not recognized by OPHEA

1:8
+1 Supervisor
4-8 -ORCKA Level 1*
-National Lifeguard
-First Aid Kit
-Radio Comms
-Safety Kit
-PFD

- Sunscreen
- Waterbottle

+ Required Attire

Swim Test Required
Completed at ECOC only

Swimming
OPHEA guidelines »

2:25
+ 1 lifeguard
/ 25 swimmers in water

1:10
on land

1-8

-National Lifeguard
-Emergency Procedures & Rescues*

-First Aid Kit
-Radio Comms
-Buoyant Rescue Aids

- Sunscreen
- Waterbottle

+ Required Attire

Swim Test Required
Completed at ECOC only

*or equivalent


Land Activities

Ratio
Staff : Student

Grade Staff Certification
or Experience

Safety Equipment

Must Bring

Notes
General Activities

Archery
OPHEA guidelines »

1:4
while shooting
1-8

-Standard First Aid
-Ontario Archery Level 1*

-First Aid Kit
-Radio Comms
-Wrist & Finger Guards

-Sunscreen
-Waterbottle

+ Required Attire

Range is outdoors
Disc Golf
Not recognized by OPHEA
1:12 1-8 -Standard First Aid

-First Aid Kit
-Radio Comms

-Sunscreen
-Waterbottle

+ Required Attire

Warm up is provided
Mountain Biking
OPHEA guidelines »

1:4 (Grade 1-3)
1:10 (Grade 4-6)
1:12 (Grade 7-8)

After initial supervision:
1:6 (Grade 1-3)
1:12 (Grade 4-6)
1:15 (Grade 7-8)

+1 supervisor

1-8 -Standard First Aid
-NCCP Level 1 MTB*
-First Aid Kit
-Radio Comms
-CSA Helmet
-General Repair Kit

-Sun or Safety Glasses

+ Required Attire

Trails are maintained at a beginner level

Sports & Games
See OPHEA guidelines:
Soccer/Soccer Baseball »
Ultimate Disc »
Beach Volleyball »
Ball Hockey » 
Basketball »

1:12 1-8 -Standard First Aid -First Aid Kit
-Radio Comms

-Sunscreen
-Waterbottle

+ Required Attire

No body contact or slapshots in ball hockey.

Use of equipment prohibited without supervision.

*or equivalent

Climbing & Ropes Course
Climbing Wall
OPHEA guidelines »

Auto Belay
1 instructor per 2 active lines

1-8 -Standard First Aid
-ACCT Level 1*

-First Aid Kit
-Radio Comms
-Harness, Helmet, &  Safety Gear

-Sunscreen
-Waterbottle

+ Required Attire

Climb Only & Belay Conditions, including Auto Belay

Challenge Course
OPHEA guidelines »

Climb only
1 instructor per active line

Team Belay (Grade 4-8)
1 instructor per 3 active lines (Grade 4-8 only)

Auto Belay
1 instructor per 2 active lines

1-8 -Standard First Aid
-ACCT Level 1*
-First Aid Kit
-Radio Comms
-Harness, Helmet, &  Safety Gear

-Sunscreen
-Waterbottle

+ Required Attire

Climb Only & Belay Conditions, including Auto Belay

Grades
4-8 permitted in Participatory/ Team Belay

Bouldering
OPHEA guidelines »
1:8 (Grade 1-6)
1:12 (Grade 7-8)
1-8 -Standard First Aid
-ACCT Level 1*

-First Aid Kit

-Radio Comms
-Proper Matting
-Fall Protection Procedures

-Sunscreen
-Waterbottle

+ Required Attire

Grade 1-6 > hands must not be more than 2.4m above the ground

Grade 7-8 > hands must not be more than 3.5m above the ground

Low Elements & Trust Initiatives
OPHEA guidelines »
1:8 (Grade 1-3)
1:12 (Grade 4-8)
1-8 -Standard First Aid
-ACCT Level 1*
-Radio Comms
-Proper Matting
-Fall Protection Procedures

-Sunscreen
-Waterbottle

+ Required Attire

N/A

*or equivalent

Nature Games

Scavenger Hunt
OPHEA guidelines »

1:12 1-6 -Standard First Aid

-First Aid Kit
-Radio Comms

-Sunscreen
-Waterbottle

+ Required Attire

N/A
Orienteering
OPHEA guidelines »
1:12 1-8 -Standard First Aid -First Aid Kit
-Radio Comms

-Sunscreen
-Waterbottle

+ Required Attire

N/A
Camoflauge
OPHEA guidelines »
1:12 1-8 -Standard First Aid -First Aid Kit
-Radio Comms

-Sunscreen
-Waterbottle

+ Required Attire

Begin with warm up

*or equivalent

Relay & Tag Games
The Survival Game
OPHEA guidelines »
1:12 1-8 -Standard First Aid -First Aid Kit
-Radio Comms

-Sunscreen
-Waterbottle

+ Required Attire

Begin with warm up
Capture the Flag
OPHEA guidelines »
1:12 1-8 -Standard First Aid -First Aid Kit
-Radio Comms

-Sunscreen
-Waterbottle

+ Required Attire

Begin with warm up

*or equivalent


Evening Activities

Ratio
Staff : Student

Grade Staff Certification
or Experience

Safety Equipment

Must Bring

Notes
Campfire
OPHEA guidelines »
1:12 1-8 -Standard First Aid N/A + Required Attire N/A

Talent Show / Lip Sync
OPHEA guidelines »

1:12 1-8 -Standard First Aid N/A + Required Attire N/A
Minute to Win It
OPHEA guidelines »
1:12 1-8 -Standard First Aid N/A + Required Attire N/A
Night Hike / Astronomy
Not recognized by OPHEA
1:12 1-8 -Standard First Aid N/A + Required Attire N/A

Activity Centre
See OPHEA guidelines:
Table Tennis »
Ball Hockey »
Basketball » 
Spikeball » 
Relay & Tag Games »

1:12 1-8 -Standard First Aid N/A + Required Attire N/A

*or equivalent

Safety & Best Practices Instruction Provided

As a part of everyday programming, we provide detailed instruction to all our students with respect to best safety practices, procedures, and execution of each activity or skill. All specialized equipment is provided to every student. Equipment is inspected for usability on a regular basis. Each activity has a first aid kit readily accessible, along with a direct line of communication with the camp office and emergency services.

The safety of all participants is our top priority.

Our staff are trained to execute each activity to the highest principles and are required to be compliant with OCA and OPHEA Standards.

Required Attire

In addition to the equipment provided, it is necessary that all participants come prepared to participate in all activities. All participants are required to wear closed toe shoes (running shoes), remove all jewellery (Medical Alerts not included), and wear appropriate clothing (as instructed for each activity).

 All long hair must be tied back, hats, sunscreen, sunglasses and a water bottle are mandatory to comply with outlined standards.

A complete packing list is provided upon booking. 

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