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BackCheck and TELUS, a Winning Partnership!

Posted on January 15, 2013 by Catherine Ross

By Catherine Ross, Communications Officer

BackCheck - background service checks for summer camps - Canadian Camping AssociationIn 2012, BackCheck processed a total of 3,072 criminal record checks (CRC) for 128 camps and camping associations across the country.  This volume represents an increase of 485 checks over 2011.  Of the total, 4.5% were deemed “not clear”, which speaks to the gravity of this important step in a camp’s hiring process.

Not only does BackCheck provide a necessary, efficient, paperless, economical service to our camps, BackCheck also contributes $2.00 for every CRC submitted back to CCA/ACC to help us do our work.  In turn CCA/ACC contributes $1.00 back to the provincial camping associations for each check originating in their province.   Everybody gains!

This year, we have even more to celebrate.  Thanks to the efforts of Brian Ward-Hall, the CCA/ACC Account Executive at BackCheck, BackCheck forged a partnership with TELUS. TELUS contributes $5.00 to each provincial camping  association for every BackCheck CRC originating in their province.  The total amount is designated to send children with disabilities or financial need to camp.  TELUS’s generous contribution of $15,360 from 2012 will send hundreds of campers to Canadian camps in 2013.  We are grateful to BackCheck and TELUS for their generous support in 2012 totaling $21,504 in providing the means for many more children to benefit from a great Canadian camp experience.

Giving a child the gift of a camp experience begins with a camp choosing to use the services of BackCheck. Contact Brian Ward-Hall as you begin the 2013 staff hiring process.  You will be well served and a new camper will be smiling!

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Communications Officer at Canadian Camping Association
Catherine's lifelong love of camping began in 1953 when she accompanied her mother, the new camp cook, to Camp Tanamakoon in Algonquin Park. She remained at Tan until 1978 as a camper and in several staff roles. After five years as a teacher, in 1979, Catherine and her husband George purchased Camp Mi-A-Kon-Da for girls in Parry Sound, Ontario which they owned for 20 years. Catherine has served on the Board of the Ontario Camps Association, and is Past President of the Society of Camp Directors. She is currently Communications Officer on the Board of the CCA. She is past editor of Camps Canada, published by the CCA, and the OCAasional News, the newsletter of the OCA. She is the author of four publications. Her articles on camping have appeared in numerous magazines.