In summer 2009, campers from twelve camps in the Muskoka/Parry Sound area of Ontario planted 2,300 white spruce seedlings supplied by The ChariTREE Foundation (charitree.ca), the children’s environmental learning charity, operated by Executive Director, Andrea Koehle Jones, of Bowen Island, British Columbia. Owing to the success of the 2009 pilot project and with the willing participation once again of The ChariTREE Foundation, in spring 2010, CCA/ACC offered free seedlings to camps across the entire country.
Forty-seven camps in nine provinces responded and committed to plant 10,000 trees. In mid June, Andrea arranged for the free delivery of seedlings to one location in each province. The CCA/ACC Provincial Board Representatives then facilitated the delivery to each site. Camp Wapati in Alberta eagerly planted seedlings to offset the loss of hundreds of trees on their property to the pine beetle infestation. Glen Bernard Camp in Ontario planted tress for a second summer. Other Ontario campers eagerly checked on the progress of their seedlings from last summer. Thanks to Andrea Koehle Jones and The ChariTREE Foundation, this summer hundreds of Canadian campers made a difference. Next summer, they will eagerly check the growth of their tree.