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: email@example.com
Stephen Fine, PhD
Canadian Camping Association
For the tenth year, CCA partners with Andrea Koehle Jones, Executive Director, ChariTree Foundation, to offer free seedlings to all Canadian camps. Planting a tree is a powerful way to teach campers that they can make a difference to their campsite and to the environment.
This program is open to all Canadian camps, including camps that planted trees in previous years. We urge all camps to participate and to benefit from this great program.
By April 10, 2018, contact your provincial representative (listed below) and place your order including the number of trees and the location where they will be planted. You may choose to plant between 40 and 800 trees. Andrea accesses the trees from nurseries in each province; therefore, the seedlings are suitable for growing conditions in your province. The trees are usually packed in packages of 20 in cardboard boxes.
You will be notified by your representative precisely when and where the trees are available for pick up in your province (the date will be within the last two weeks of June). Andrea’s commitment is to deliver the total order for each province to one location, which is chosen by the provincial representative. Your representative will notify each participating camp of this location prior to submitting your order to Andrea. Each camp is responsible for collecting their order from this location or pre-arranging to pay for delivery to their campsite. Andrea has found that Greyhound bus is the least expensive way to ship seedlings. If you do not receive your seedlings on the expected date, please notify your provincial representative.
The trees may be stored in a dark, cool place for a maximum of two weeks before planting.
The camp agrees to:
For more information on Andrea Koehle Jones and the ChariTree Foundation see www.charitree-foundation.org.
British Columbia: Andrea Koehle Jones (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Alberta: Ted Lockie (Ted.Lockie@diabetes.ca)
Saskatchewan: Donna Wilkinson (email@example.com)
Manitoba: Kim Scherger (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Ontario: Jen Gilbert (email@example.com)
Quebec: Jacqui Raill (firstname.lastname@example.org)
New Brunswick: John Savage (John@CampCentennial.ca)
Nova Scotia/PEI: Derek Mitchell (email@example.com)
The Canadian Camping Association is please to announce six very worthy recipients of the 2017 CCA Awards!
The CCA national awards recognition program honours outstanding achievement and contribution by Canadian camp leaders, camps, associations and institutions.
Please join us in congratulating:
Ron Johnstone Lifetime Achievement Award recipient
Skip is the Owner/Director of the camp he established in 1975, Canadian Adventure Camp in Temagami, ON. From the time Skip started his camp he has been an active member of Ontario Camps Association (OCA). He has on more than one occasion been a Board Member.
It was during these early times that Skip recognized that camping needed an increased visibility and he was able to secure for the Board and accredited camps community service ads that were responsible for an increased of awareness by the general population.
Skip has been an active volunteer at many OCA events and has shared his expertise at OCA Conferences over the years. He has been a mentor and an advisor for many camps. OCA recognized Skip’s service in the past few years as they made him an Honourary Life Member.
Significantly, Skip was catalyst for the establishment of an insurance program for Canadian camps. Until that time camps were at the mercy of the insurance companies. They could, at will, cancel policies with little or no explanation and with almost no notice. Skip recognized that there was a need to find a broker and then an insurer that was prepared to get involved with the camping community, offer reasonable rates to a low risk industry, and who would stand behind our camps. On behalf of the CCA, he established a committee to guide the process. Under Skip’s leadership, they surveyed camps to find out about the various policies that camps used and a history of their claims. The committee then found a company that agreed to meet the needs of camps. The policy, when compared by insurance consultants, was reasonably priced and comprehensive.
The committee recommended a broker who would represent the needs of camps and continues to provide the insurance package that is still in place and is constantly vetted and chosen by more than 300 camps in Canada.
For all these years, Skip has continued to chair the CCA Insurance Committee. Skip is responsible for creating an insurance program that insures that the interests of Canadian camps have been protected and has made it possible for accredited camps to benefit from the empirical data provided by our broker which proves our camps are safe.
Jack Pearse Award of Honour recipients
Harry has acted as the Executive Director of Stillwood Camp & Conference for over 20 years. During that time, Gail has been a constant support for Harry, and has enabled his effective leadership by offering her own relational care for fellow staff members and the community in general. Gail has also taken leadership in the Dining Room at Stillwood, using her gift of hospitality to make the camp one of the top outdoor-based conference centre destinations in British Columbia.
Through their time with Stillwood, Gail encouraged Harry’s volunteer involvement with a variety of causes related to camping. One of those was helping to found the Fellowship of Christian Camps, which helps to connect and support camping professionals from BC, Alberta, and Washington State. Harry is a long-standing Board member for this organization.
Harry also served on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Camping Association, including taking the role of President from 2012-2013. He was instrumental in raising the stature of the CCA for BC camps.
Through his years of service, Harry has been instrumental in the growth of camping in BC and across Canada. His name is well recognized by those in the camping world. However, those in BC know that without Gail and her generous spirit, Harry would have not seen the success or impact he has.
Jack Pearse Award of Honour recipient
Gabrielle has been a camp professional for over 20 years, and over her career she has had a great impact on camping in Quebec, across Canada, and around the world. She believes that camp is a powerful mechanism to help children and youth grow, learn, and be empowered.
During her career at Camp Ouareau, Gabrielle has focussed on creating a positive community for girls and young women. Her impact is felt not only at Ouareau, but in many other settings.
Gabrielle has been involved in many projects and communities, including:
Award of Excellence recipient
Shauna has been actively and continuously involved with Camp Amy Molson (CAM) for 23 years, beginning as a Counsellor-in-Training, joining the leadership team and, for the last 14 years, as Executive Director.
Her role as Executive Director includes the usual management, recruitment of staff and campers, governance, and fundraising responsibilities. Shauna is exceptional in carrying out these duties. Shauna’s involvement and commitment goes well beyond this. She attends all the camping sessions and oversees the effective delivery of camp programs and activities. Her level of engagement is because she relates so well to the children and believes so much in the positive effect of camping in their development. This level of participation goes much further than normally expected.
Shauna has been involved in camping beyond CAM. She has volunteered at Global Camps Africa (Camp Sizanani) and sat on the Association des camps du Quebec’s conference planning committee. Most recently, Shauna participated in the process organized by Centraide to evaluate the impact of camp on vulnerable youth. This process involved creating a model that comprised performance indicators, evaluation tools and collection and dissemination of data.
Shauna’s focus on helping youth is a consistent theme in her life. She is the Principal of an elementary school and has been a volunteer with Dans la Rue in Montreal for ten years, helping homeless youth. She also worked with vulnerable youth in various settings dealing with drug rehabilitation and youth protection in group homes.
Special Recognition Award recipient
A strong-willed force of nature in Ottawa’s LGBTQ community, Julia discovered a purpose in life helping children and families navigate a time she herself struggled with as a lesbian teenager coming of age in small-town northern Ontario.
With Holly Wagg — her wife of nearly 12 years, who had dreamed of starting a summer camp for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer families — Julia co-founded Camp Ten Oaks in 2005. It welcomed 22 campers that year. This summer, 100 are signed up and another 65 are on the waiting list.
You probably can’t wave a rainbow pride flag in Ottawa without touching someone who either knew Julia personally, was familiar with her work or was friends with someone who has benefitted from Camp Ten Oaks. It’s the single most important made-in-Ottawa contribution to LGBTQ children and families in Canada. Its work is that magical and transformative.
Julia herself had not been to summer camp as a child, which made her enthusiasm for its daily rhythms and rituals remarkable. “With her walkie-talkie buzzing constantly and a clipboard never far from reach, she still managed to bring a playfulness to the job of camp director, even on days when it required her to fish a toothbrush from the depths of an outhouse or comfort a homesick camper,” says Sonja Prakash, an early Ten Oaks board member and camp volunteer who became close friends with Julia.
Julia was a dynamic, natural leader, but she was also complex. She was fiercely committed to her values in a way that could be unflinching. She messed up sometimes, but would own up to and learn from her mistakes.
In the fall of 2015, she experienced frequent chest pains and bleeding gums but she soon realized something was up when a visit to the hospital in January 2016 landed her in a closed room with a horrified-looking medical resident. He took Julia’s hand and broke the news that she had leukemia, before breaking down himself. Relieved she finally had a diagnosis, even such a devastating one, Julia quickly switched into professional mode, offering the young man tips on how to deliver horrible news to people.
Her greatest legacy, says Holly, is not all the accolades and accomplishments Julia collected along the way. It was the people, her people, the ones she enabled to become better versions of themselves. “She could find a best in you that you didn’t even know you had.”
Julia unfortunately lost her life on Good Friday 2017.
Thanks to the generosity of the Alberta Camping Association, the CCA now has the funds to participate as a Canadian Oversample in the American Camp Association’s Research 360.
This five year, longitudinal, impact study identifies the benefits gained at camp (e.g. relationship skills, teamwork) and tracks the influence through college and career. The results could prove extremely useful in educating and selling the value of camp to the public.
Camps willing to participate in the research please contact Dr. Stephen Fine, CCA Chair of Research at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our sincere thanks to Alberta for their generous contribution to this important research project!
Margaret Schneider, PhD, C. Psych, of the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development, Ontario Institute of Studies in Education, University of Toronto, is interested in the lifelong impact of the camping experience.
She wishes to conduct one and a half hour interviews (in person or by phone) with adult camping alumni (over 35 years of age) from various types of camps.
If you are interested in being interviewed or receiving the results of her research, please contact Margaret Schneider at email@example.com.
Directors, please give the university students particularly graduate students on your staff and your alumni, the opportunity to enter and maybe win.
We welcome papers from any academic discipline with a topic that can be related to camping.
In late November 2107, twenty-three Canadian camping leaders met for two days at Camp Elphinstone on the Sunshine Coast of beautiful British Columbia. The group included five recently-elected provincial Presidents and two newly-appointed Administrative Staff, all keen to learn and to share.
President Stephane Richard led us through a packed agenda, which included items of importance to every camp in Canada.
We celebrated our successes:
We were invited to participate in two important initiatives:
We accepted a challenge:
A newly formed committee will seek alternate resources to enable us to continue to finance our programs and initiatives that benefit all camps. Marketing, research and lobbying have been identified as important national programs. With additional funding, we could accept the offer of the Quebec Camping Association to translate their newly created Emergency Procedures and Inclusion documents.
Do you need a reminder of the tremendous importance of what you do as a camp director? Whether your answer is yes or no, I encourage you to read Michael’s story.
At thirteen, Michael, an indigenous teen from Parry Sound, Ontario, attended camp for his second summer with assistance from the Kids in Camp charity. Here, in his own words, is Michael’s story.
Dear Kids in Camp,
Hi, I am Michael. I am 13 turning 14 in September. I live in Parry Sound, Ontario and I am in grade nine. I used to live on Bear Island that is one island away from the summer camp I got funding for. Bear Island is a small community that was fun to live on. Going to camp this year was like going home. My camp is a canoe trip camp and you learn how to make campfires, chop wood, and cook on a fire. There are other things you can learn as you get old enough to do it, being a stern in a canoe, and doing higher levels of rapids. I made so many friends this year, like people from America (mostly from Ohio) and I saw my friends.
On my group’s first seven-day trip, we went to the second highest point in Ontario, Maple Mountain. My second trip was down the Temagami River, and my last trip was for 21 days, which was up to New Liskeard and then down to Wanapitei Lake – that’s near Sudbury. Then on our way back to camp we went cliff jumping- that’s when you jump off cliffs into the water- and my staff jumped off a waterfall and it was awesome. This summer I learned a lot about how to carry a canoe, and also to stern the canoe. That made me lose a lot of weight and gain muscle. I have never been in better shape, ever.
Camp is important to me because over the last two years I have been in a bad place with my friends. I think I would have gotten into a lot of trouble this summer if you guys didn’t give me the money to go to camp this year. At camp I am with kids that don’t get into trouble because we don’t have time to get into trouble. My summer was so fun and I thank you for making this happen for me.
Chi-Miigwetch [thank you very much]
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Jennifer Straver, M.Ed., U. Windsor, ON, wrote the winning research paper: “Returning Year After Year: The Motivation and Retention of Coaches at Madawaska Volleyball Camp”.
This is a one week, end of season camp on the Camp Walden site. She explains why these dedicated staff keep returning for many more years than you would think possible.