The CCARAE 2017 Call for Papers is now online.
Please bring it to the attention of all staff or alumni who are engaged in camping–related research in their studies or work.
CCA is pleased to announce that Mandi Baker, PhD, Griffith U AUS, is the 2016 winner of the CCARAE for her doctoral dissertation: Becoming and Being a Camp Counsellor: a study of discourse, power relations and emotions.
Mandi attended camps in Southern Ontario as a camper, counsellor and program director. She obtained a Recreation degree at the University of Waterloo and is currently a lecturer at Torrens University, Blue Mountain International Hotel Management School NSW, Australia.
Mandi writes, “While camp counsellor experiences can be immensely positive opportunities for young people to mature and learn about the needs of others, the emotional demands can create pressures that staff struggle to manage.”
Mandi’s paper challenges camp directors to recognize the emotional, physical and mental demands of a counsellor’s job and to provide the necessary support and understanding.
For the ninth year, CCA partners with Andrea Koehle Jones, Executive Director, ChariTree Foundation, to offer free seedlings to all Canadian camps. Planting a tree is a powerful way to teach kids that they have the power to make Canada and the world a better place. Click (link) for the full details on how to participate.
This program is open to all Canadian camps, including camps that planted trees in previous years. We urge all camps to participate and to benefit from the program while celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday.
The camp agrees to:
For more information on Andrea Koehle Jones and the ChariTree Foundation see Charitree-foundation.org.
Alberta: Ted Lockie (Ted.Lockie@diabetes.ca)
Saskatchewan: Donna Wilkinson (email@example.com)
Manitoba: Kim Scherger (KimScherger@manitobacamping.ca)
Ontario: Jen Gilbert (firstname.lastname@example.org)
New Brunswick: John Savage (John@campcentennial.ca)
Newfoundland: Malcolm Turner (email@example.com)
After attending an International Camp Directors Couse at Camp Tawingo in Huntsville, Ontario in November 2016, Camp Director, Barb Weeden, with twenty-five years of experience, recommends that “every camp director, new or seasoned, should attend the International Camp Directors Course.” John Savage, Owner/Director, Camp Centennial, New Brunswick agrees:
Barb Weeden, Executive Director of Sparrow Lake Camp writes: “I am so thankful I got to attend the ICDC at Camp Tawingo in November 2016. It was so wonderful to spend time with other like-minded camp professionals for an extended period of time. This course confirmed for me that I can never stop learning and networking! It is so important to keep up with the issues and trends the industry is facing and also share openly with your camping peers. I wish I had the chance to take this course when I was first starting out. It covered every aspect of our responsibilities. We even got to start our own camps and present our business plans to “camp investors” on our last morning!
“Our class of twenty-five had participants from across Canada and two from the USA. We now have our own Facebook group and a new network of camping friends. Connie [Coutellier of Ohio, Past President of the American Camp Association], Donna [Wilkinson, Executive Director of Saskatchewan Camping Association] and Jen [Dundas, Executive Director of Camp Couchiching] were a great team! Jorgi [John Jorgenson, Director Camp Tawingo and President of ICF] was an amazing host and spread his joy of International camping with us. We all learned, loved the experience and sure did appreciate the resources we came away with.”
John Savage also enthusiastically endorses the course. “For an industry that is so entrenched in interpersonal connections and educational development, it is truly inspiring to be a part of a course that fosters both those connections and development to the highest level of professionalism in the industry.”
CCA intends to offer an International Camp Directors Course in 2017. Information will be publicized when available.