464 Bathurst Street
Toronto, ON M5T 2S6
CEO: Alex Robertson
Board Chair: Don McCreesh

Charitable Reg. #:13111 6022 RR0001


Ci's Star Rating is calculated based on the following independent metrics:

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Audited financial statements for current and previous years available on the charity’s website.



Grade based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.



The demonstrated impact per dollar Ci calculates from available program information.


Charity's cash and investments (funding reserves) relative to how much it spends on programs in most recent year.



For a dollar donated, after overhead costs of fundraising and admin/management (excluding surplus) 74 cents are available for programs.

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About Camp Ooch:

Founded in 1983, Camp Oochigeas (Camp Ooch) provides camp experiences for children with cancer, offering opportunities for personal growth through fun and challenging activities. Its camp programs cater to children both in active treatment and in remission, as well as family members of children with cancer. Camp Ooch is based in Toronto and runs three overnight camp locations.

Recent News: Effective in 2020, Camp Oochigeas and Camp Trillium announced that they would merge and become a single charity. The most recent financial statements from F2019 posted by both charities are not consolidated. Charity Intelligence will complete a full update on the merged charity for F2020 when the new financial statements are available.

Camp Oochigeas runs two main programs: Overnight Camp and In-City programs.

Overnight Camp programs represented 51% of program spending in F2019. Camp Ooch runs one- or two-week camp sessions at Ooch Muskoka, Camp Trillium OuR Island, and Camp Trillium Rainbow Lake. It states that Ooch Muskoka is the only camp in Canada that offers on-site IV chemotherapy, central line care, and blood transfusions. At camp, children take part in activities such as swimming, waterskiing, fishing, high ropes, and rock climbing. Depending on their age group, campers can also participate in a cook-out, an overnight camping trip, or a three-day canoe outing. Pediatric oncologists and nurses are always available at Camp Ooch’s “Med Shed” for campers who need medication or care. Camp Ooch states that it provided overnight camp experiences for 602 campers in F2019 (up from 550 campers in F2018). Assuming overnight camps are 51% of operations, Camp Ooch spent roughly $9,280 in operating costs per camper during the year ($9,190 per camper in F2018).

In-City programs were 49% of program spending in F2019. These include in-hospital programs and community programs. Camp Ooch runs year-round, interactive activities for children staying at six pediatric care centres in Ontario. In F2019, Camp Ooch reports that it reached 1,898 children through in-hospital programs (up from 1,634 in F2018). It spent roughly $2,885 in operating costs per child in F2019 ($3,032 in F2018). Camp Ooch also runs community and family programs, such as day camps and weekend activities. Many of Camp Ooch’s year-round programs serve children who are too sick to attend overnight camp. In F2019, Camp Ooch reports that it served 419 families through community programs (up from 365 families in F2018).

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Results and Impact

Charity Intelligence has given Camp Oochigeas a Low impact rating based on demonstrated impact per dollar spent.

In F2019, Camp Ooch reports that it provided 12,999 in-hospital experiences, defined as 10- to 60-minute meaningful interactions with children undergoing treatment. Camp Ooch also states that children build confidence and make new friends through camp. Although 85% of children survive cancer, Camp Ooch reports that two-thirds of children are affected by disability or negative mental health following cancer treatment. Camp Ooch’s programs, both at camp and in hospitals, help children boost their self-confidence and stay positive.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Camp Oochigeas’ results and impact.

Impact Rating: Low

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Camp Oochigeas is a Large charity, with donations and special events revenue of $15.1m in F2019. Administrative costs are 8% of revenues (less investment income) and fundraising costs are 19% of donations and special events revenue. This results in total overhead spending of 26%. For every dollar donated to the charity, 74 cents go to the cause. This falls within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

Camp Ooch has $9.9m in funding reserves, of which $64k is donor-endowed. Excluding donor-endowed funds, the charity could cover almost two years of annual program costs.

Camp Ooch’s capital spending in F2017 was $15.1m, over ten times higher than F2019 levels. According to the charity’s financial statements, this capital spending was largely associated with the expansion of its Muskoka camp location. In 2014, Camp Ooch began reconstruction of its Muskoka site to accommodate up to 50% more campers each year. It reports that it completed construction of the expanded camp in 2018. Camp Ooch continued to undergo minor renovation projects at Ooch Muskoka in F2019.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Camp Oochigeas for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on August 27, 2020 by Eric Zhao.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 7.7%6.9%6.5%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 18.5%17.7%15.4%
Total overhead spending 26.2%24.6%21.9%
Program cost coverage (%) 195.4%150.3%219.0%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 14,59414,75513,851
Goods in kind 152115
Government funding 1330450
Business activities (net) 896250
Special events 5291,388115
Investment income 1323991
Total revenues 15,49116,26714,571
Program costs 5,0514,2443,691
Administrative costs 1,1871,113942
Fundraising costs 2,8002,8592,155
Total spending 9,0388,2156,788
Cash flow from operations 6,4538,0517,784
Capital spending 1,4548,55615,057
Funding reserves 9,9286,4358,486

Note: Ci removed goods in kind from donations to report them separately, and added back the value of donated shares to donations. Ci removed gala fundraising revenues and government grants from donations to report them separately. Ci reported rental income as net of expenses in business activities. This affected total revenues and expenses by ($116k) in F2019, ($105k) in F2018, and ($97k) in F2017.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 57

Avg. Compensation: $74,693

Top 10 staff salary range:

$350k +
$300k - $350k
$250k - $300k
$200k - $250k
$160k - $200k
$120k - $160k
$80k - $120k
$40k - $80k
< $40k

Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2018

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