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]
Those camps utilizing Sterling Talent Solutions to complete background checks for staff and volunteers should be aware of recent changes.
Effective December 1, 2017, Canada Post will no longer accept the Canadian Citizenship Card as a primary form of identification. Due to changes to the Canadian Citizenship Card, it is no longer compliant with the requirements for accepted forms of primary identification.
Other forms of accepted primary ID are below.
Please note: The Canadian Citizenship Card will continue to be accepted as a secondary form of ID.
Questions can be directed to Linda Ferens by email (Linda.Ferens@sterlingts.com) or phone (1-866-999-6133).
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.
Foodbuy, a Partner of CCA, can save you money, send you rebates and assist you with other useful services like reducing costs on food and non-food services, assurance of supply, nutritional information and recipes.
You or your caterer can contact Heather Cormier today to discover how to reap the savings and benefits now enjoyed by many Canadian camps. There is no cost to join; you simply sign a few forms and Foodbuy does the rest.
Foodbuy works with many Distributors that may already be delivering to your camp. Not only will your camp save money, but by using Foodbuy, you will also be supporting the CCA, your provincial camping association and helping Foodbuy in their new exciting initiative of sending 40 kids to camp next summer!
For more information please contact Heather at 1-800-465-2203 ext. 7211 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello CCA Members,
As another camping season has come to a close, we’d like to sincerely thank you for your business. We value our relationship and look forward to assisting you in new ways in the coming year.
In addition to our criminal record check (myBackCheck), we also offer other services:
As transporting campers can be a responsibility for some of your employees, appropriate Driver Screening would be recommended for those individuals:
Sterling Talent Solutions’ Driver Abstract (DA) allows clients that hire drivers to determine if their candidate has a clean driving record or if he or she has been caught speeding, neglecting the Highway Act, driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or otherwise has any convictions, suspensions, or prohibitions on his or her license. Sterling Talent Solutions’ DA service does not provide clients with information pertaining to accidents, correspondence, plate history, or vehicle history. Turnaround time: 1 – 10 business days depending upon province (Quebec has a longer TAT).
Sterling Talent Solutions’ Driver’s License Verification (DLV) allows clients to verify that their candidate holds a valid driver’s license. Although similar to Sterling Talent Solutions’ Driver Abstract service, the DLV is less detailed and has a turnaround time of 24 hours.
For employees or volunteers that are new to Canada best practice would include a criminal record check in their country of origin. Sterling Talent Solutions offers criminal record checks in 196 different countries. The turnaround time and fee varies by country. Please contact your account manager for country specific details.
To set up a new account or request additional information please contact Linda Ferens:
The Society of Camp Directors urges Provincial Camping Associations to apply to the Bruno Morawetz Speakership Program, which funds fees, travel costs and related expenses up to $2000 for a keynote speaker or seminar leader for any provincial conference, seminar or special workshop.
If you know of someone who could contribute to your professional development as a camp leader, talk to your Association today!
Deadline for submissions is November 30, 2017.