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2015 Bondar Challenge – Registration Now Open!

Posted on March 9, 2015 by CCA Communications Committee

The Roberta Bondar Foundation is proud to offer the Summer Camp Bondar Challenge for the fourth year. The program brings art, science, photography, and outdoor learning to your camp.

Join camps from across Canada in the Bondar Challenge. The program focuses on engaging campers with the natural environment around camp. Campers are challenged to capture an image of their surroundings that highlights the unique biodiversity and ecosystem around camp, and then write an artist statement to accompany their photo. Campers and staff can use the Foundation’s provided materials and resources to help guide them through the challenge. The program fuses the art of photography with environmental sciences to promote a lifelong love of nature, protection of our environment and global citizenship.

The winning images and statements, and camps, will be recognized on the Foundation’s website and social media platforms. The winners will travel with the Foundation’s Travelling Exhibition and Learning Experience alongside the fine art works of Dr. Roberta Bondar in art galleries and museums across Canada.

For more information and to register your camp, visit the Foundation’s website. Registration will remain open until April 30, 2015 – 11:59PM (EST).

Role of the Foundation

The registration fee of $100 includes:

  • Unlimited use of the program for summer by trained staff counselors/leaders
  • Start up camp kits of detailed information about program regulations, judging criteria, competition deadlines, submission guidelines, etc.
  • Training materials for staff counselors/leaders delivering the program including certificates signed by Dr. Bondar certifying completion of the training program
  • Password protected on-line access to all learning tools, program materials, regulations, and instructions for submitting entries to the competition
  • Digital badge for trained staff counselors/leaders completing the evaluation of the program experience at the end of summer
  • Acknowledgment on The Roberta Bondar Foundation’s website as a participating camp
  • Winning entries will be posted on The Foundation’s website and social media sites
  • Opportunity to apply for loan cameras

Role of the Camp

Camps agree that:

  • All staff delivering the program have completed the training provided on-line through The Foundation’s website
  • The program may be run in any number of sessions during the summer but each session must ensure campers have allocated a minimum of 6 hours over at least 2 days for each camper/group who participates (any combination is acceptable to achieve the 6 hour commitment)
  • Access will be provided to necessary electronic support for campers /staff to view images, complete artist’s statements and make submissions online
  • An online evaluation questionnaire on the program experience will be completed

How and When To Register

Individual CCA member camps can apply on-line through The Roberta Bondar Foundation website.

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