Camp OKI is Canada's premier summer camp experience for children living with heart disease. The program began in the summer of 2004, as a short weekend getaway with a small group of children and volunteers from the Hospital for Sick Children pacemaker clinic. Since 2004, the program has grown and we now offer an overnight camp experience to up to 100 campers each summer. Originaly based at the Labatt Family Heart Centre at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), Camp OKI is now an independent charity, and our programming is made possible through the generosity of our volunteer team and our donors.
Our primary program is a week long summer camp session, offered each summer at a beautiful summer camp site in Muskoka. Our programming meets the unique and varied accessibility needs of our camper population, while offering all of the classic summer camping activities; including canoeing, archery, rock climbing, field and court sports, arts and crafts, swimming, kayaking, and more.
Children are eligible to apply to camp if they have a formal cardiac diagnosis, and are between the ages of 8-16yrs old.
Camp OKI was founded in 2004, by Dr. Elizabeth Stephenson and Dr. Joel Kirsh. Drs. Stephenson and Kirsh are still the camp medical directors, and Dr. Kirsh is the chair of OKI's board of directors. We are grateful for the contributions from our talented team of registered nurses who keep our Camp OKI MedShed operations running smoothly.