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Hockey Opportunity Camp

961 Park Road South
Machar Twp, South River, Ontario, P0A 1X0
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Hockey Opportunity Camp  

961 Park Road South, Machar Twp, South River, Ontario, P0A 1X0

  • Type:
    Overnight camp
  • Focus:
    Traditional (multi activity)
  • Cost:
    $1,260 to $1,525/week
  • Ages:
    7 to 16
  • Gender:
  • Main language:
  • Capacity:
  • Programs:
    0 available; 4 TBD
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  • Summary Profile

    Hockey Opportunity Camp answered our questions

    Who are you as an organization?

    HOC offers a big camp experience with a small camp feel. HOC is large enough to provide diversified camp opportunities including our Overnight Ultimate Camp (Traditional Camp Program) and our specialized Overnight Hockey + Camp and Overnight Water Ski Programs. With a small camper-to-staff ratio, we also have the resources to ensure campers and parents feel connected to the camp community and campers specific needs are heard, acknowledged and met. The HOC experience provides campers with the opportunity for improved self-confidence, friendship, individual challenge and skill development – all in a safe and enjoyable camp environment. HOC is truly “THE ULTIMATE HOCKEY AND SUMMER CAMP EXPERIENCE”.

    • Special needs: Yes, mild support.
      A few of our campers have special needs.
    • LGBTQ+ friendly community

    What do you do differently or uniquely well?

    "HOC offers a unique experience to all campers which allows any overnight program to bunk in the same cabin as their friends from other programs. "

    Who are your staff and counsellors?

    "Our tradition of excellence is built upon the strength of our staff. Each staff member brings with them commitment, enthusiasm and compassion for children. All HOC staff training is designed around four core principles: Community, Leadership, Accountability & Performance. Each staff member is trained and evaluated on their delivery of these four principles on a daily basis. This creates a very positive camp atmosphere for our children."

    What do families need to know about registration?

    "We use a database called Campsite. To begin registration, arents must create an account or login with an existing account. HOC accepts registrations on a first come first serve basis, so register early to guarantee your spot! There are 4 steps to the enrollment process which includes choosing their program/session, enrollment questions, forms, and terms/conditions. Upon completing the enrollment steps, campers registered require a $400 deposit to complete their enrollment. Once your enrollment is submitted, we will confirm the registration in 1 to 3 business days via email. "

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  • Programs, Rates & Dates

    Programs and Sessions Calendar

    Choose the right programs and sessions for your child; Hockey Opportunity Camp currently has 0 program available; 4 TBD.

    Filter activities :

    Overnight Camp
    Ages: 7 - 16
    $1,385 to $1,525/week
    Ropes Course|Wilderness Skills|Meditation|Mindfulness Training|Strength and Conditioning|Archery|Volleyball|Disc Golf|Mountain Biking|Hockey|Canoeing|Fishing|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Sailing/Marine Skills|Swimming|Waterskiing/Wakeboarding|Yoga
    Overnight Camp
    Ages: 7 - 16
    Traditional (multi activity)
    $1,175 to $1,330/week
    Ropes Course|Wilderness Skills|Arts & Crafts|Meditation|Mindfulness Training|Strength and Conditioning|Archery|Volleyball|Disc Golf|Mountain Biking|Canoeing|Fishing|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Sailing/Marine Skills|Swimming|Waterskiing/Wakeboarding|Yoga
    Overnight Camp
    Ages: 10 - 16
    Ropes Course|Wilderness Skills|Meditation|Mindfulness Training|Strength and Conditioning|Archery|Volleyball|Disc Golf|Mountain Biking|Canoeing|Fishing|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Sailing/Marine Skills|Swimming|Waterskiing/Wakeboarding|Yoga
    Overnight Camp
    Ages: 14 - 15
    CIT/LIT Program
    $2,210 to $2,440
    Ropes Course|Wilderness Skills|Arts & Crafts|CIT/LIT Program|Leadership Training|First-aid/lifesaving |Meditation|Mindfulness Training|Strength and Conditioning|Archery|Volleyball|Disc Golf|Mountain Biking|Hockey|Canoeing|Fishing|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Sailing/Marine Skills|Swimming|Waterskiing/Wakeboarding|Yoga

    Financial Aid & Payment Details

    Payment Options:

    Deposit required with acceptance Yes
    Credit card payment Yes


    Discount if paid early $65
  • Insider Reviews & Perspectives

    The Our Kids review of Hockey Opportunity Camp

    our take

    Fun, adventure, and team spirit are all on the docket at Hockey Opportunity Camp (HOC). Kids can expect good times and sweaty heads, paired with waterskiing, archery, mountain biking, and, of course, hockey. You don’t have to love hockey to attend—the camp has other programs that don’t include ice time. But for those where hockey is life, HOC offers an elite on-ice summer skills training program combined with the traditional camp experience. Kids don’t have to sacrifice summer camp while keeping their hockey legs, and the escape from the city into the scenic Almaguin Highlands can be magical. Friends can bunk together, no matter what program they’re in, but there are ample opportunities to make new friendships. This big camp has a small camp feel with staff who are trained and invested in making camp a positive experience for all. HOC has a long and storied history starting in 1966, with its start as a sports camp that lower-income parents could afford. The current owners, the McLaughlin family (Kevin McLaughlin was a former camper and counsellor at HOC), strive to keep to the roots of the camp and create camp opportunities for as many kids as possible. They do this by keeping the rates below most other overnight summer sport camps. Kids will not forget their time at HOC, both the skills they learn and the memories they make.

    Review(s) of Hockey Opportunity Camp

    Read all 10 reviews

    Parent- 2022 (Parent)Check-In Process

    This was our first year at HOC and we were blown away by the process on arrival. It's reassuring to know that you are leaving your child in such good hands with solid processes and policies in place.

    Parent- 2019 (Parent)Great Camp for New Campers

    I continue to promote HOC as a great place to send your kids- especially those who have never been away before. We've had two kids in our group now who went to camp for the first time as teens and they both loved it. The check-in process for new parents is always excellent and the follow up email to new parents is always so nice. The greeting staff at the road when you get there is always nice to see. When we checked in and bought a new bucket hat the staff were very attentive to ensure that we didn't need anything, we were always being approached which is great ... Read More

    Parent (Parent)Very Positive

    Everything, they teach you about being punctual, manners in the dinning lounge, the activities and most of all, have fun, meeting new friends and oh ya trying to be a better hockey player. Most of all, teaching you to become an adult, but still being a kid. ... Read More

    Parent (Parent)LOVE IT!

    My kids LOVE Hockey Opportunity Camp... and one doesn't play hockey!

    Lindsay T (2018) (Parent)Definitely Returning Next Summer

    My kids had a blast. I heard nothing but wonderful things the entire way home. The counsellors were amazing, fun and caring. The food is apparently amazing...they went on and on about that. Well done by all. I can't say enough and hopeful to recruit more of their friends next summer ... Read More

    Parent- 2022 (Parent)Loved Everything

    They loved it! Particularly my daughter who attended the LIT Program. She was there for 2 weeks and wants to stay for the whole summer next year. That speaks volumes.

    Nick K (2018) (Parent)Camp Processes

    Your communication is the best I have seen at any camp. Also your check-in process is outstanding!

    Camper 2019 (Camper)Engaging Instructor

    The archery instructor was very positive and patient with me and taught me a lot about archery. The outdoor survival instructor was also amazing and taught me so much about the wilderness and was patient and understanding when I was learning how to navigate with a compass ... Read More

    Camper 2019 (Camper)Best Experience of My Life

    Going to this camp was one of the best experiences of my life so thank you for taking great care of us and giving us a great time.

    2018 Camper (Camper)HOC is Awesome!

    This was one of the best weeks of my life. I loved how the counsellors were willing to teach me more and help me get better at what I was doing. And the other campers were awesome.

  • Location & Site Details


    961 Park Road South, Machar Twp, South River, Ontario, P0A 1XO, Canada



    Sleeping Accommodations

    • Cabins


    • Electricity in Sleeping Area

    Washrooms Facilities

    • Flush Toilets
    • Showers (indoor)

    More details about accommodations: Washroom facilities in buildings in close proximity to sleeping cabins.

    Are meals provided? Yes

    Is Hockey Opportunity Camp technology free? Yes No camper cell phones or electronics allowed at camp.

    Property Details

    Sports facilities

    • Archery Range
    • Climbing Wall
    • Rope Course


    • Beach
    • Forested Area
    • Lake/Pond/River
    • Nature Trails
    • Open Field

    More details about property: The ice rink used for our hockey program is located in South River, a 12 minute bus ride from camp.

    Rentals & Services

    Offers outdoor education program for schools or corporate groups: Yes
    We operate as Eagle Crest Outdoor Centre for the months of June and September, hosting both school groups and various other team and group bookings. Visit our website, www.ecoc.ca for more details.


    Ontario Camps Association Associations
    Canadian Camping Association/ Association des camps du Canada Associations

  • What's New

    Director's Message

    Kevin McLaughlin, Camp Director
    Over 35 years at HOC, as a camper, staff member and business owner.

    Dear Parents,

    I sincerely hope you will consider Hockey Opportunity Camp (HOC) for your son or daughter this summer.  Since 1966, the HOC experience has provided campers with the opportunity for improved self-confidence, friendship, individual challenge and improved skill development – all in a safe and enjoyable camp environment. 

    HOC is a camp for children with a variety of interests; those who play hockey and for those who don't. Offering three main program specialties: Hockey, Ultimate Traditional Camp and Water Skiing, campers can choose what they are most interested in, yet bunk and spend time with friends who are enrolled in a different specialty program. HOC is a camp for everyone.  

    By offering one-week camp sessions and being located only three hours north of Toronto, campers can enjoy a beautiful northern Ontario camp experience without the fear of being away from home for too long. Staff and campers from all over the world attend HOC, creating a diverse and inclusive camp environment.

    HOC is the “The Ultimate Hockey And Summer Camp Experience”. Please don't hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns about your child's stay with us this summer.






    • Camp Life at HOC
      Camp life is the foundation that ties all of the activities and programs together at Hockey Opportunity Camp. There is magic to camp life that turns activities into experiences, cabin bunkmates into friends and young children into self-confident individuals. Our camp is about people in motion - learning, sharing and enjoying. It is a self-contained community where memories are formed by experiences shared with friends and staff. One of the features of our camp is the diversity of those living in the community. We attract children from across Canada, the United States and abroad. Developing relationships with children from around the world is an important part of our camper's experience. Our community provides campers with an opportunity to learn about each other’s differences, but more importantly about their similarities. "There are no strangers within . . . only friends waiting to be met."
    • Parent Letter
      Just a quick note to let you know that my kids are hooked on HOC! My son and daughter just completed a week with you and had nothing but raving reviews. We have been involved in a number of high end Muskoka summer camps, and they don't come close to HOC. Every staff member that they interacted with was a positive influence on them. All of their activities were highly organized and enjoyed by every camper. The week flew by and they asked to stay another week when I arrived for their Saturday Scrimmage game. Well done HOC!!
    • Long Time Camper and Staff Member
      Hey HOC Staff, It is very seldom that a week should go by when I don't find myself day dreaming about my time spent at HOC. Between being a camper(for what seemed like a lifetime) to becoming a counsellor(which went by way too fast), I have 12 summers of memories that I will keep with me forever. I found myself looking through the pictures of all the staff and campers on your web site and was a little sad that I can no longer take part in all of these experiences. It is amazing to think that so many of my past campers are now on staff, and that the older and more experienced staff still are able to find the time to return year after year. Enjoy your time at HOC, because even though some weeks can be tough, your summer and your time there will be over in no time.
    • Letter from a First TIme Parent
      I just want to thank everyone for making my son's first time at camp a memorable experience. He is always telling me about different stories and memories from his time with you. He really enjoyed everything, including the staff, campers, waterskiing and hockey. I loved being able to email him and the fact that you had pictures of the campers updated daily on your website was amazing. You are doing a wonderful job. You are making a difference in many children's summers and creating unforgettable memories. We will definitely be back next year and my son hopes to become staff when he is older.

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