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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)

2016 CCA Partnership with ChariTREE Foundation a TREEmendous Success!

Posted on October 3, 2016 by CCA Communications Committee

Canadian summer campers planted over 13,000 trees provided by ChariTREE this summer.

Canadian summer campers planted over 13,000 trees provided by ChariTREE this summer.

In summer 2016, campers across Canada planted over 13,000 trees provided by the ChariTREE Foundation. The Foundation is celebrating its 10th anniversary. CCA has partnered with the ChariTREE Foundation since 2009.

Comments from participating camps confirm the many benefits of this program include:

Thank you for this continuing opportunity. We value the focus The ChariTREE Foundation provides to involve our campers in forest sustainability. ~ Jocelyn Palm, Director / Owner, Glen Bernard Camp

There is something hopeful in the act of planting a tree. Our campers enjoy enhancing our habitats, increasing bio-diversity and just being in nature. Thanks for this wonderful opportunity. You are growing hope for a greener future. ~ J. Rodenburg, Camp Kawartha

Thank you for your generosity and work as a charity. This is an incredible program for our camp, staff and campers. It is our 70th anniversary at Camp Couchiching so we are planting one of these trees in honor of each of our years in operation. Many thanks for being a part of this and contributing to our success this summer. ~ Ross McIntyre, Associate Director, Camp Couchiching

The trees we received from the ChariTree Foundation were planted during our Family Camp. Your donation is greatly appreciated as the Emerald Ash Borer has left many holes in our camp’s forest canopy. The White Spruce trees will help to replace the loss of our Ash trees. ~ Sarah Leitch, Camp Manager, Disciples Conference Grounds

ChariTREE Foundation 2016 Tree Planting Program

Posted on February 8, 2016 by Catherine Ross

Charitree Foundation Canadian Camping Association Photos 3For the eighth year, CCA partners with Andrea Koehle Jones, Executive Director of the ChariTREE Foundation, to offer free seedlings to all Canadian camps. Reports show that this program has helped to replenish diseased and burned forests, beautify sites, create future privacy walls and wind protection while inspiring young campers.

This program is open to all Canadian camps, including those that planted trees in previous years. Given the known benefits to camps and campers, we urge all camps to join the program in a big or small way.

Ordering

By April 8, 2016, 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 chose 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 packed in packages of 20 in cardboard boxes.

Delivery

You will be notified by your representative precisely when (the date will be within the last two weeks of June) and where the trees are available for pick up in your province. 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.

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 location for a maximum of two weeks before planting.

As a participating camp, you agree 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 Camp Feedback Form visit: http://www.charitree-foundation.org/resources-and-tools/tree-planting-project . (Camps that do not meet this obligation will forgo the opportunity to access free trees in future years).
  • Plant trees with your campers within two weeks.
  • Water the seedlings if the weather is dry.

For more information on Andrea Koehle Jones and the ChariTREE Foundation see www.charitree-foundation.org.

Provincial Representatives

British Columbia, Yukon, NWT, Nunavut
Andrea Koehle Jones (andreakj452@gmail.com)

Alberta
Ted Lockie (Ted.Lockie@diabetes.ca)

Saskatchewan
Donna Wilkinson (donnaw@sasktel.net)

Manitoba
Liz Kovach (lkovach@manitobacamping.ca)

Ontario
Jen Gilbert (jen@ontariocamps.ca)

Quebec
Christine Martin (cmartin@ptitbonheur.com)

New Brunswick
John Savage (john@campcentennial.ca)

Nova Scotia & Prince Edward Island
Derek Mitchell (president@canspei.ca)

Newfoundland and Labrador
Malcolm Turner (killdevil.camp@gmail.com)

Campers Beautify Canada!

Posted on October 25, 2015 by CCA Communications Committee

Charitree Foundation Canadian Camping Association Photos 3Reports from across the country confirm the many benefits of CCA’s Tree Planting Program. Plan to take part in 2016!

“As this was our 75th anniversary, the planting of these trees will help to make our camp even more beautiful for the next 75 years. The children also had a chance to plant one at home so this is an added blessing as they can watch their tree at home grow and enjoy the one at camp when they return each year.”
~ Lois Budd, UCW Rep, Camp Ta-Wa-Si, New Brunswick

“The interest and involvement of our campers in this annual experience is terrific and invaluable for them and for the environment.”
~ Jocelyn Palm, Director/Owner, Glen Bernard Camp, Ontario

“Trees are looking healthy after the summer. We’ll monitor them over the winter and look forward to their progress come spring.”
~ Breanna Heinrichs, Nature Instructor, Camp Assiniboia, Manitoba

“Our LIT students had a great time in the first week of July planting trees. This is enabling our camp to continue looking beautiful.”
~ Sean Cruickshank, Executive Director, The Quest at Christopher Lake, Saskatchewan

ChariTREE Foundation 2015 Tree Planting Program

Posted on February 9, 2015 by Catherine Ross

For the seventh year, CCA partners with Andrea Koehle Jones, Executive Director of the ChariTREE Foundation, to offer free seedlings to all Canadian camps. Feedback confirms that this program inspires and educates campers while serving practical needs for camps.

This program is open to all Canadian camps, including those that planted trees in previous years. Given the known benefits to camps and campers, we urge all camps to join the program in a big or small way.

Ordering

By April 7, 2015, 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 chose 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 packed in packages of 20 in cardboard boxes.

Delivery

You will be notified by your representative precisely when (the date will be within the last two weeks of June) and where the trees are available for pick up in your province.

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. 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 location 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. Camps that do not meet this obligation will forgo the opportunity to access free 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 www.charitree-foundation.org

Provincial Representatives

Alberta
Kathy Koehler (koehler.gk@gmail.com)

Saskatchewan
Donna Wilkinson (donnaw@sasktel.net)

Manitoba
Liz Kovach (lkovach@manitobacamping.ca)

Ontario
Nicole Markowitz (nicole@ontariocamps.ca)

Quebec
Julie Payeur (developpement@camps.qc.ca)

New Brunswick
John Savage (john@campcentennial.ca)

Nova Scotia & P.E.I
Derek Mitchell (derekmitchell@venturepartner.ca)

Newfoundland and Labrador
Malcolm Turner (killdevil.camp@gmail.com)

ChariTree Is Taking Root!

Posted on October 13, 2014 by Andrea Koehle Jones

This past summer on a family, cross country, camping trip, Andrea Koehle Jones, Executive Director of the ChariTree Foundation, visited several camps to witness the progress of some of the 100,000 trees that Canadian campers have planted since the inception of the CCA Tree Planting Program in 2009.

Andrea’s report describes the program’s successes and challenges, and Andrea’s appreciation of the provincial representatives who manage the program and the campers who do the work:

Canadian Family Completes Tree Planting Trip

charitree foundationIf a seedling is growing in the forest does anybody notice? This summer on a drive back to British Columbia from Ontario with my family, I learned the answer is a definite yes. For the last five years, the ChariTree Foundation – a children’s environmental tree planting charity I founded in 2006 – has been giving trees to campers at Canadian Camping Association camps across Canada. In that time, children at CCA camps across Canada have planted nearly 100,000 trees.

Every year I receive encouraging photos and reports from camps about the program. Comments like these make me feel like I am doing something important and ChariTree is on the right track:

“We successfully planted 300 saplings at Camp Wenonah in July this year! It was a unique experience for campers and staff alike, providing them with the opportunity to bond with nature and to contribute to the land of the Camp they all hold so dear. Every camper, ages 8-18, had the chance to plant a tree in the location of their choice- some groups even planted tree gardens near their cabins which they could revisit and watch with care. Thank you ChariTree Foundation for providing us with this wonderful opportunity.” – Janette, Assistant Director – Camp Wenonah

 “We had lots of fun with this tree planting project. With a certified arborist on our team we made good use of the trees with strategic placement while making it a fun time for our campers.” – Derrik, Tripper – Lake Scugog Camp

I’ve always dreamed of seeing these trees myself but living on a tiny island off the coast of Vancouver made such a dream unrealistic until this summer. In June I decided to purchase a used pop-up trailer and drive with my husband and two children to Ontario to visit my parents. I instantly thought it would be the ideal opportunity to drop in on some camps, see the trees and hear about the program from camp staff. I also think it’s important to report back to all of ChariTree’s generous donors that their donations are making a real difference and continue to grow in so many wonderful ways.

School ended early due to the British Columbia teachers’ strike so we packed up and hit the road with our nine-year-old and eleven-year-old for a once-in-a-lifetime geography lesson. After eight days driving and camping across the northern US and a memorable visit with the grandparents on Lake Simcoe, we geared-up to head back across Canada.

The kids were excited for the next phase of the journey — to see the trees their mom had donated to summer camps. But which camps do we visit? The question was not as simple as I first imagined; there were at least three camps within two hours from our departure point in Orillia, Ontario that had received trees. It was satisfying to realize that the ChariTree Foundation was on the ground growing in so many places. It’s something I was reminded of again and again as we continued to drive west.

Canadian Camping Association CharitreeThe first camp we visited was the YMCA Geneva Park on Lake Couchiching just outside Orillia. Camp youth leader, Tim Clement, welcomed us and took us around a grass field where a few weeks earlier campers had planted along the outside edge some beautiful little jack pines that will become a windbreak and an ideal sun shade.

Tim told us he was pleasantly surprised that many of the campers chose tree planting over more traditional camp activities. He said planting seedlings is something many campers have never experienced. Tim said they found it appealing that they could be part of planting trees that will grow for generations, beautify the camp and help the environment.

This story was reinforced to us when we visited Assiniboine Park zoo camp in Winnipeg. The camp takes in a large group of inner city kids. These kids don’t have many chances to experience nature so the park makes a big effort to allow kids to play in the trees by holding a week-long camp taking kids up in bucket cranes to see seeds in the tree canopy. They even set-up zip lines in the trees for the kids. Trees from ChariTree also play a big role in this program showing these kids the wonders of nature. A group of trees the youth planted on a section of perimeter road around the zoo has been left in a natural state for five years. In amongst the grass and mature jack pines are small pine seedlings sprouting up. Karen Pearce, Director of Grounds, Assiniboine Park Conservancy, says the kids that planted these trees ask to come back year after year to see how the trees are growing. It’s great to see these youth develop a sense of responsibility and pride for the environment in this way.

ChariTree has always believed there are some powerful lessons to be gained when campers are able to visit the trees they planted from previous summers. One of those lessons is that from a small idea a big thing grows. We experienced that ‘aha moment’ ourselves when we visited Kathy and Gary Koehler at Camp Kasota West on Sylvan Lake in Alberta. As the Alberta CCA rep responsible for taking tree orders and making sure camps in her province receive their ChariTrees, Kathy has played a vital role in ChariTree’s summer camp program.

Gary showed us where campers have been planting ChariTrees over the years. On our exploration we found some young seedlings planted earlier this summer as well as some strong and 8 ‘ tall blue spruce growing near the lakeshore that must have been four to five years old. To think they started out as tiny seedlings was inspiring.

Our 8,000 km road trip taught us that Mother Nature can also be harsh and cold. We experienced just about everything she could throw at us — tornado warnings, severe thunderstorms, flash floods and forest fires. At Caddy Lake Girl Guide Camp in Manitoba’s beautiful Whiteshell Provincial Park, we found ChariTrees meeting another need. Camp director Lindsay Lodge led us up to the tent platforms on a small ridge behind the camp kitchen. A couple of years ago a severe windstorm had knocked down many of the mature spruce and pine trees. The camp was helping replant the area with trees from ChariTree and campers were getting the opportunity to see how trees can help heal a scarred landscape.

Sometimes Mother Nature is not so kind to trees. Massive flooding this summer prompted Manitoba to declare a state of emergency and call on the military to help with sandbagging efforts. At Assiniboine Park, Karen showed us where the Assiniboine River had spilled over and flooded an area where campers had planted ChariTrees in previous years.

Earlier I mentioned the role provincial reps have in helping the tree program succeed. It was great to talk to Kathy about her experience and hear about some of the challenges of coordinating the orders and pick-up of the trees. I gained a better appreciation of the logistics required to arrange dates and times for multiple camps to pick up their trees. So thank you so much Kathy and all provincial reps and of course the CCA’s Catherine Ross for all the important work you do.

Some of the processes I have implemented, like the online order form are designed to simplify the process. Still, sometimes things fall through the cracks. I was disappointed to learn of instances where camps never received the trees they ordered, or were unable to make the pickup dates and so their trees were given to other camps. I will be taking some time to think of ways to improve the ordering and delivery process so these kinds of omissions don’t happen. I would appreciate any suggestions to make the program better.

Looking back on our trip and camp check-in, I realize the partnership between the ChariTree Foundation and the Canadian Camping Association has established some deep roots. Trees are springing up across the country and campers are truly making their world a better place. When campers plant their Wish Trees they get to make a wish for the world – my wish is that the programs continues to grow and even more children will have the opportunity to get out in nature and plant a Wish Tree.

Written by Andrea Koehle Jones, Executive Director ChariTree Foundation

ChariTREE Foundation 2014 Tree Planting Program

Posted on February 10, 2014 by CCA Communications Committee

Canadian Camps Tree Planting Environment NatureLast summer, campers in over 75 camps across Canada planted a total of 20,000 trees! Once again, for the sixth consecutive year, Andrea Koehle Jones, Executive Director of the ChariTREE Foundation, is offering free seedlings to all Canadian camps. You can join this excellent program that gives your campers the fun of planting their very own tree while beautifying your campsite and improving the environment for us all. This program is open to all Canadian camps, including those that planted trees in previous years.

Ordering

By April 1, 2014, please 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 chose to plant between 40 and 800 trees. Andrea accesses the trees from nurseries in each province; different native seedlings are chosen based on the province and growing conditions, as well as seedling availability. The trees are packed in packages of 20 in cardboard boxes.

Delivery

You will be notified by your representative precisely when and where the trees are available for pick up in your province (trees will be available for pickup sometime during 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. Each camp is responsible for collecting their order from this location or pre-arranging to pay for delivery to their campsite. The trees may be stored in a dark, cool location for a maximum of two weeks before planting. As a participant in the program, your camp agrees to:

  • Go online promptly and acknowledge the receipt of your trees directly to Andrea. Andrea needs this information to seek future donations. Camps that do not meet this obligation will forgo the opportunity to access free 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, please visit their website.

Provincial Representatives

British Columbia Margo Dunnet (margod@fircom.ca)

Alberta Kathy Koehler (koehler.gk@gmail.com)

Saskatchewan Donna Wilkinson (donnaw@sasktel.net)

Manitoba Liz Kovach (executivedirector@mbcamping.ca)

Ontario Nicole Markowitz (nicole@ontariocamps.ca)

Quebec Tanya Desrochers (tanyaire@hotmail.com)

New Brunswick John Savage (john@campcentennial.ca)

Nova Scotia & Prince Edward Island Derek Mitchell (derekmitchell@venturepartner.ca)

Newfoundland and Labrador Malcolm Turner (killdevil.camp@gmail.com)

Good Work Tree Planters!

Posted on November 4, 2013 by Catherine Ross

RKY Camp Canadian Camping Association

Courtesy RKY Camp

In summer 2013, campers from over 75 camps across Canada planted close to 20,000 trees. Regrettably, many of the Alberta seedlings were lost in the floods, which indicates the need and importance of this program. Sincere thanks to all the camp leaders who contributed to a successful planting season and Andrea Koehle Jones of the Charitree Foundation who generously supplied the seedlings.

“I never realized how much the kids would enjoy it!

“The campers loved the activity – they even named the trees: Jack, Sky, Barky and Sparkle – because it is supposed to be a Christmas tree when it grows up!

“The trees replaced a large number that we lost in a storm last year.

“The campers feel they have left their own legacy at the camp they love.”

Arlington Beach Camp Canadian Camping Association

Tree planting, courtesy Arlington Beach Camp

YWCA Tapawingo Canadian Camping Association

Courtesy YWCA Camp Tapawingo

ChariTREE Foundation 2013 Tree Planting Program

Posted on February 12, 2013 by CCA Communications Committee

The ChariTREE Foundation tree planting program is open to all Canadian camps in 2013, including those that planted trees in previous years.

Ordering

By April 1, 2013, please 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 chose to plant between 40 and 800 trees. Andrea Koehle Jones, Executive Director of ChariTREE, orders trees that are native to each province from nurseries across Canada; therefore, the seedlings are suitable for growing conditions in your province.

The trees are packed in packages of 20 in cardboard boxes.

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 bythe provincial representative. Your representative will notify each participating camp of this location prior to submitting your order.

Each camp is responsible for collecting their order from this location or pre-arranging to pay for delivery to their campsite.

The trees may be stored in a dark, cool location for a maximum of two weeks before planting.

For more information, planting instructions and updates visit: http://www.charitree-foundation.org/free-trees-for-canadian-campers/

Your Camp Agrees To:

  • Promptly acknowledge the receipt of their trees directly to Andrea (This step is done online Camps that do not meet this obligation will forgo the opportunity to access free 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 please see www.charitree-foundation.org

Provincial Representatives

British Columbia
Bronco Cathcart (bronco@sasamat.org)

Alberta
Kathy Koehler (Koehler.gk@gmail.com)

Saskatchewan
Donna Wilkinson (donnaw@sasktel.net)

Manitoba
Bryan Ezako (executivedirector@mbcamping.ca)

Ontario
Nicole Markowitz (nicole@ontariocamps.ca)

Quebec
Tanya Desrochers (tanyaire@hotmail.com)

New Brunswick
Dean Stephenson (dean.stephenson@xplornet.ca)

Nova Scotia
Roxy Peterson (education@artscentre.ca)

Newfoundland and Labrador
Malcolm Turner (killdevil.camp@gmail.com)