Research Award of Excellence


The Purpose of the Award

The annual Award honours and celebrates excellence in research and writing that makes a significant contribution to the body of academic literature relevant to the organized camping movement in Canada.

It encourages graduate students, faculty and independent scholars from any academic discipline or professional field to examine issues and/or practicalities from a social, educational, economic, developmental, technological, political, ecological or organizational perspective that are relevant to children’s camping or informational toward camp research.

The winner receives the CCRAE trophy from the Canadian Camping Association. If practical, CCA will publicly honour the winner and present the trophy at a provincial camping association event.

Every entry will be accessible worldwide on the CCA Research webpage, and as hard copy in the unique Camping Collections at the Trent University Archives for long term access by future researchers.

Award Criteria

The judging criteria are the value to camping research in Canada, the depth and breadth of research, the strength of analysis and synthesis, and the quality of scholarly communication.

At their discretion, the judges may award the “Canadian Camp Research Award of Excellence”, and may also award one or more “Canadian Camp Research Award of Merit” certificates.

The CCRAE Committee works at arm’s length from the CCA Board. The judges’ decisions are final.

To Enter

Entries are accepted in English or French.

Please include a one page abstract with 5 or 6 key references for the CCA website.

Send your electronic entry to:

If your entry is hard copy, post it to:

Prof. Peter Gilbert (Chair), 14240 County Road. 2, Brighton, ON, Canada, K0K 1H0
and email us that you have sent it.

THE ENTRY DEADLINE is: Friday, September 30, 2016.



Stephen Fine, PhD (member)
Peter Gilbert, B.Arch, M.Ed, Prof. (E), Ryerson U.  (chair, judge)
Bruce Hodgins, PhD, LLD, Prof. (E), Trent U. (judge)
Tad MacIlwraith, PhD, Prof, Guelph U. (judge)
Trevor Norris, PhD, Prof. Brock U.  (judge)
Catherine Ross, BA, B.Ed  (ex-officio Board appointee)


2016 Winner:
Amanda Baker, PhD, Griffith University (Australia):
Becoming and being a camp counsellor: a study of discourse, power relations and emotion.

Teresa Beesley (Queen’s), Jessica Fraser-Thomas (York) & Michael C. Riddell (York):
S’more than just a Camp: exploring youths’ development of life skills within a Type 1 diabetic sports camp.

Adam Handler (Queen’s), Arielle Zahavi (Toronto), Mattan Lustgarten (Toronto), Daniel Freedman (Technion American Medical School):
Summer camp health initiative pilot study: an overview of injury and illness in two Canadian summer camps.

J. B. Blakey, Dr. R. Coughlan
Nature and physical activity at camp: a qualitative eco-psychological study.



Stephen Fine, PhD (judge)
Peter Gilbert, B.Arch, M.Ed, Prof. (E), Ryerson  (judge, chair)
Bruce Hodgins, PhD, LLD, Prof. (E), Trent (judge)
Trevor Norris, PhD, Prof. Brock  (judge)
Catherine Ross, BA, B.Ed  (ex-officio Board appointee)


2015 Winner: 
Amanda Shore, NSCAD University, (NS):
Notes on Camp: A Decolonizing Strategy.
(A recurring issue. Colonizers are European settlers. Colonized are Canada’s indigenous peoples.)

Alicia Dawn Cox, Atlantic School of Theology, (NS):
Pines over Pews: The Spiritual Experience of Campers Who Do Not Attend Church in the United Church of Canada.

Karen Hayward, (ON):
The Teresa Group Summer Camp Program, Evaluation Results.
(A one week camp for children affected by HIV.)



Stephen Fine, PhD  (judge)
Peter Gilbert, B.Arch, M.Ed, Prof. (E), Ryerson  (judge, chair)
Bruce Hodgins, PhD, LLD, Prof. (E), Trent  (judge)
Trevor Norris, PhD, Prof. Brock  (judge)
Catherine Ross, BA, B.Ed  (ex-officio Board appointee)


2014 Winner:
Catherine Laing, RN, PhD, Assistant Prof, Faculty of Nursing, U. Calgary, (AB):
“It’s not just camp:” Understanding Meaning of Children’s Cancer Camps for Children and Families.

Kyra Morris, Sociology, McGill, (QC):
Jewish Overnight Summer Camp: Socializing Agent and Informal Education Institution.