Archive for December, 2015

Announcing CCA President Elect

Posted on December 28, 2015 by Catherine Ross

CCA President Stephane Richard

CCA President Elect Stephane Richard

At the recent National Leadership Forum in Quebec held in November 2015, the CCA Board elected Stephane Richard as President Elect to assume the role of CCA President in January 2017.

Stephane is the Director Camps and Youth Programs for the Canadian Diabetes Association.  He is the Past President of the New Brunswick Camping Association and for several years has worked on the CCA Board.  Currently serving on the CCA Board as the Chair of the Database Task Force, Stephane has been working with the International Camping Fellowship to develop a much needed national database program for Canadian camps.  Given his many contributions in the past and his ongoing commitment to Canadian camping, we can be confident that CCA will continue to thrive under the capable leadership of Stephane Richard.

Canadian Camping Research Award of Excellence 2015 Winner

Posted on December 7, 2015 by CCA Communications Committee

Amanda Shore’s 2015 CCRAE winning paper, Notes on Camp: A Decolonizing Strategy, addresses a fundamental recurring Canadian social issue, which is now bordering on a crisis.

Shore describes our indigenous peoples as the colonized, while European settlers and governments are the colonizers. Her research into indigenous programs at camps is based on historical records, academic literature and personal interviews.

Shore recognizes the importance of repetitive traditional programming while questioning the need to re-evaluate some camp traditions for 21st century youth.

This richly layered qualitative study merits the attention of all camps that have “Indian Councils” or related programs. Please click here to download the paper.

Together We Are Stronger

Posted on December 1, 2015 by Catherine Ross

Canadian Camping Association National Leadership Forum November 2015

Delegates to the National Leadership Forum gathered in Bromont, QC in November 2015

In November 16, 2015, twenty six leaders in Canadian Camping including CCA Board Members, Provincial Representatives and Committee Chairs, Executive Directors and Provincial Presidents gathered at Chateau Bromont, Quebec. John Jorgenson, President of the International Camping Fellowship, opened with an inspiring message which concluded: If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.  Quebec presented three new programs, which we hope to share soon with the rest of the country:

  • Shape Up, a program designed to help summer camps incorporate healthy habits.
  • Sentinel, a computerized platform to assess a camp’s financial health
  • A complete tool kit for the integration of special needs campers.