Archive for March, 2018

Looking to add a new program to your camp?

Posted on March 28, 2018 by CCA Communications Committee

An image of the Bondar Summer Camp Challenge flyerIn 2017, twenty-three camps across the country and thousands of campers participated in the Summer Camp Bondar Challenge. With direction form trained camp staff (training material available online and in hardcopy), campers took their cameras outdoors to explore, observe, appreciate, and photograph nature. Include this great program at your camp this summer!

The deadline to apply is May 1, 2018.

Download this Bondar Challenge flyer.

Fore more information, or to sign up, please visit http://www.therobertabondarfoundation.org/the-bondar-challenge/summer-camp-bondar-challenge/

Call To Action for Camps – Research 360

Posted on March 13, 2018 by Dr. Stephen Fine

Invitation to Canadian Camp Directors:

This is a significant opportunity for insights into the impact of summer camp on Canadian youth.

The American Camp Association is currently partnered with the University of Utah in the Research 360 Impact Study to discover if camp as a learning setting prepares youth & emerging adults for higher education, career, and success. The Study’s aims and methods align with the National Research Council’s work on college and career readiness, which means that reports on the results of this project will help position camp within the broad context of youth development programs.

We are currently recruiting camp directors from across the country interested in participating in the Research 360 partnership between the Canadian Camping Association (CCA) and the American Camp Association. Thanks to generous funding from our camp associations in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Ontario, the CCA is now able to go ahead with this significant opportunity to gather vital data on the camp industry in Canada. The survey will take place during the spring of 2018 and there is no cost for participation.

The study will be focused on new first time counselors that are hired for the 2018 summer season. These hires can include former campers, former members of your CIT/LIT programs, or others who have a past history at any camp.  Parental consent is not required for those under the age of 18 and the survey will be filled out online and submitted before camp begins. As such, the data collection process will not impinge on your camp’s programming or scheduling as staff will fill out the survey during the months of April and May. This is an industry wide study for Canadian camps.  Should you wish to have a report on data specific to your camp, additional cost would be involved.

To learn more about the findings from Phase One of the Research 360 Impact study go to:  https://www.acacamps.org/resource-library/research/acas-youth-impact-study-phase-1-findings

This invitation is time sensitive. Please respond prior to March 30, 2018.

Should have any questions please contact me at: sfine@alumni.utoronto.ca

Stephen Fine, PhD
Research Chair
Canadian Camping Association