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Cross Country Conversation

Posted on March 20, 2017 by Catherine Ross

In January 2017, Mark Diamond, Chair of the CCA Advocacy Committee, convened a cross-Canada conference call. The participants were: Bronco Cathcart (BC), David Godwin (SK) Jonathan Nyquist (ON), Dara Kahne (day camp director ON), Jacqui Raill (QC), Stephane Richard and John Savage (NB), and Dave Graham (NS).

They discussed minimum wage (now mandatory in some provinces for camp staff), the Early Years Act (a challenge for day camps in Ontario), and the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (an ongoing concern for camps across the country). Four times a year, this committee will convene to discuss issues that all provinces should be aware of so that we can be prepared and understand the legal changes across the country. As a result of this sharing of information, this committee will decide what particular issue(s) should be proactively worked on from a lobbying or government relations perspective. On two of these calls, the Government Relations consultant who has been hired by CCA, Allan Young of Tactix, will report on current concerns and updates of all pending and prospective legislative changes across each province and federally.

We are indebted to this group of camp professionals who are working on our behalf to be proactive rather than reactive to government policy and legislative changes.

Thousands of Campers Are Doing It!

Posted on by CCA Communications Committee

In 2016, twenty-six camps across the country and thousands of campers participated in the Summer Camp Bondar Challenge. With direction form trained staff (training material available online), they took their cameras outdoors to explore, observe, appreciate, and photograph nature.

Include this great program at your camp this summer!

Sterling Talent Solutions Ready to Assist

Posted on March 13, 2017 by CCA Communications Committee

In 2006 we entered into a partnership with Sterling Talent Solutions (myBackCheck) to provide camps across Canada with a convenient, secure and timely solution for completing criminal record checks. Over the years camp directors have relied upon myBackCheck to assist them in hiring the best camp staff. These checks are completed on-line with results direct to the authorized camp administrator within 24 hours.

Sterling Talent Solutions donates $2.00 to the CCA for every paid request performed for any member camp. In turn, the CCA returns $1.00 to the Provincial Camping Association for every check submitted from the province. Sterling Talent Solutions has processed thousands of requests for Canadian camps.

Linda Ferens is the dedicated myBackCheck representative for CCA members. If your camp would like to utilize this service or request additional information please reach out to Linda directly at: linda.ferens@sterlingts.com.

A Useful Resource for Camp Nurses

Posted on March 6, 2017 by CCA Communications Committee

Mary Casey Camp Nursing Circles of CareCamp Nursing – Circles of Care is written by Mary Casey, BScN PHN, an experienced camp nurse and award-winning author.

This handy, comprehensive, reference book includes an extensive chapter, Treatment Guidelines, which includes accepted procedures on illness and accidents. The content and principles presented in  apply to all camps.

Order now from volumesdirect.com or contact Mary Casey at CampNursingbyMCasey@gmail.com.

Canadian Camping Association Research Award of Excellence Call for Papers

Posted on February 21, 2017 by CCA Communications Committee

Camp Directors:

The CCARAE 2017 Call for Papers is now online.

Please bring it to the attention of all staff or alumni who are engaged in camping–related research in their studies or work.

2016 Canadian Camping Association Research Award of Excellence Winner

Posted on February 20, 2017 by Catherine Ross

Mandi Baker, CCARAE Winner (2016)

CCA is pleased to announce that Mandi Baker, PhD, Griffith U AUS, is the 2016 winner of the CCARAE for her doctoral dissertation: Becoming and Being a Camp Counsellor: a study of discourse, power relations and emotions.

Mandi attended camps in Southern Ontario as a camper, counsellor and program director. She obtained a Recreation degree at the University of Waterloo and is currently a lecturer at Torrens University, Blue Mountain International Hotel Management School NSW, Australia.

Mandi writes, “While camp counsellor experiences can be immensely positive opportunities for young people to mature and learn about the needs of others, the emotional demands can create pressures that staff struggle to manage.”

Mandi’s paper challenges camp directors to recognize the emotional, physical and mental demands of a counsellor’s job and to provide the necessary support and understanding.

Celebrate Canada’s 150th by Planting Trees!

Posted on February 13, 2017 by CCA Communications Committee

For the ninth 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 kids that they have the power to make Canada and the world a better place. Click (link) for the full details on how to participate.

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 the program while celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday.

  1. Ordering
    By April 10, 2017, 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 tress 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.
  2. Delivery
    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:

  • Go online promptly and acknowledge the receipt of their trees directly to Andrea. Andrea needs this information to satisfy her donors that their contribution is being used wisely and assists her in seeking future donations. To access the ChariTree Feedback form visit Charitree-Foundation.org. Camps that do not meet this obligation will forgo the opportunity to access trees in future years.
  • Plant their trees with their campers within two weeks.
  • Water the seedlings if the weather is dry.

For more information on Andrea Koehle Jones and the ChariTree Foundation see Charitree-foundation.org.

Provincial Representatives

Alberta: Ted Lockie (Ted.Lockie@diabetes.ca)
Saskatchewan: Donna Wilkinson (donnaw@sasktel.net)
Manitoba: Kim Scherger (KimScherger@manitobacamping.ca)
Ontario: Jen Gilbert (jen@ontariocamps.ca)
New Brunswick: John Savage (John@campcentennial.ca)
Newfoundland: Malcolm Turner (killdevil.camp@gmail.com)

Experienced Camp Directors Laud International Camp Directors Course

Posted on February 5, 2017 by CCA Communications Committee

After attending an International Camp Directors Couse at Camp Tawingo in Huntsville, Ontario in November 2016, Camp Director, Barb Weeden, with twenty-five years of experience, recommends that “every camp director, new or seasoned, should attend the International Camp Directors Course.” John Savage, Owner/Director, Camp Centennial, New Brunswick agrees:

Barb Weeden, Executive Director of Sparrow Lake Camp writes: “I am so thankful I got to attend the ICDC at Camp Tawingo in November 2016. It was so wonderful to spend time with other like-minded camp professionals for an extended period of time. This course confirmed for me that I can never stop learning and networking! It is so important to keep up with the issues and trends the industry is facing and also share openly with your camping peers. I wish I had the chance to take this course when I was first starting out. It covered every aspect of our responsibilities. We even got to start our own camps and present our business plans to “camp investors” on our last morning!

“Our class of twenty-five had participants from across Canada and two from the USA. We now have our own Facebook group and a new network of camping friends. Connie [Coutellier of Ohio, Past President of the American Camp Association], Donna [Wilkinson, Executive Director of Saskatchewan Camping Association] and Jen [Dundas, Executive Director of Camp Couchiching] were a great team! Jorgi [John Jorgenson, Director Camp Tawingo and President of ICF] was an amazing host and spread his joy of International camping with us. We all learned, loved the experience and sure did appreciate the resources we came away with.”

John Savage also enthusiastically endorses the course. “For an industry that is so entrenched in interpersonal connections and educational development, it is truly inspiring to be a part of a course that fosters both those connections and development to the highest level of professionalism in the industry.”

CCA intends to offer an International Camp Directors Course in 2017. Information will be publicized when available.

CCA 2016 Award Winners

Posted on January 31, 2017 by Catherine Ross

CCA is proud to recognize camping leaders from across the country who have made exceptional contributions to our industry within their own province and nationally.

Ron Johnstone Lifetime Achievement Award

Joe Kronick

Joe Kronick (second from left) with family and CCA Past President Jill Dundas (centre).

Joe Kronick has been a very active member of the CCA Insurance Committee for well-over 20 years and has made an immense contribution to the great policies that we are now so proud to offer to our CCA and Provincial camp members.

Joe was one of the prime members of an original group of camp professionals who saw that camps needed their own specially written insurance policies to fit their needs quite distinctly from any then available general commercial/business insurance policies.

When CCA made the decision to develop and offer proper insurance coverage to accredited camp members, we were able to benefit from a great deal of the work that Joe and his group had already done. We were extremely pleased when Joe accepted our invitation to join the CCA Insurance Committee and work with us to further develop and hone the policies.

As a committee member, Joe is a tireless worker and took on projects at virtually every meeting. He is the first to complete his tasks and is a huge storehouse of information and sage advice.

Jack Pearse Award of Honour

Mark Diamond

Mark Diamond (right) with CCA Past President Jill Dundas

As Chair of the CCA Government Relations Committee, for the past several years, Mark has devoted countless hours communicating with government officials and meeting with lobbying organizations as he and his committee worked on behalf of all camps affected by new government regulations. He has tackled boating and foreign worker regulations and the Child Care and Early Years Act. In addition, Mark is a member of the OCA Board and in 2016 spear-headed an initiative for Ontario camps to invite new Canadians to attend camp at no cost.

Award of Excellence

Howard Martin

For over 55 years, Howard has worked with children and youth in education and social services. Some of this work has taken him overseas to a South Africa Educational Management Project, an Educational Leadership Project in Trinidad and Tobago and closer to home, the Special Education Pilot Project with the First Nations Educational Council in Quebec. In 2005, he provided support and guidance to the Directors of Youth Protection in Nunavik for four years.

For the past 35 years, Howard’s passion has been Camp Weredale, in the Laurentians, a summer camp for children and youth at risk from foster homes and residential services of the Batshaw Youth and Family Centres in Montreal as well as other referring social agencies. Established in 1934, Camp Weredale is a summer camp for boys and girls, aged five to seventeen, who are receiving youth protection social services.

In the 1980s it became a special needs camp for both boys and girls from the Youth Horizons Reception Centre

In the 1990s (respite) programs of support to foster children and families were added to accommodate this growing category of children

Rob Tiessen

Rob Tiessen (left) with Paul Bailey.

Rob has been a constant example and inspiring leader and mentor for camping in BC for many years. As a counsellor, program staff and now an Executive Director, Rob continues to promote inclusive and traditional camping for all children while also creating space for diversity and progressive change. Rob has continued to push Camp Squeah to be a friend and ally to local Indigenous children, youth and families. Rob has been a long-time volunteer with FCC and BCCA including a number of years helping plan the annual BC Camping Conference

Nick Kitchen

Nick has helped run the, New Brunswick provincial canoe course for the past 15 years. This program has trained countless counsellors, thereby helping camps reach and exceed accreditation standards. Nick has also become the NB representative for Paddle Canada and the advocate for camping on that board. He now works permanently for Camp Centennial, encouraging the growth and success of camping in the province.

Kathy Koehler
Kathy and her husband Gary have provided leadership to the United Church’s Camp Kasota West for over 20 years. Kathy has served on many camping boards including the Canadian Camping Association Board of Directors. Currently Kathy sits on the Alberta Camping Association Board as Vice-President.

Kathy is a strong, calm and quiet leader that many in the camping industry in Alberta and across Canada can look to for wisdom, guidance and support.

Transgender Campers

Posted on January 23, 2017 by Catherine Ross

In the past six years, on three separate occasions, Ted Lockie (Manager, Camp and Youth Programs, Western Canada, Canadian Diabetes Association) received a request from parents asking him if he would register a transgender camper. Ted shares his experience.

When Lockie was asked to register a transgender camper, he did not hesitate. Ted simply asked the parent to identify whether their child chose to live in a female or a male cabin. In all three cases, a female was transitioning to a male. Ted was confident that the child would not behave in any way to make the cabin mates uncomfortable as that would be difficult for themselves as well. In most cases, the other campers were unaware of the gender change. Only the camper’s counsellor and the medical staff were informed.

In Ted’s experience, no problems arose and he received no negative feedback from other parents. He states, “It is not a problem; don’t make it a problem.” Ted is a millennial and completely comfortable with the situation. He speculates that older camp directors may be less at ease because they have had less experience with transgender youth. He considers that the issue may be more of a challenge for those with strong religious beliefs that do not accept gender change.

Ted believes that because camp is an inclusive, accepting, supportive environment, it is a great place for transgender youth to learn how to navigate society. They become accustomed to using a different washroom, have the opportunity to play on a different sports team or even start talking about the changes that they are experiencing.