Fonds 12-001 - Ontario Camping Association fonds. 2012 additions

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Ontario Camping Association fonds. 2012 additions

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  • 2000-2010 (Creation)
    Ontario Camps Association

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1.25 m of textual records and related materials

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In 1900 A.L. Cochrane established the first private camp in Ontario. By 1925, the number of private camps in Ontario had increased to only six or seven. The camps established during this time period (1900-1925) were mainly for boys over the age of thirteen. Co-ed camps were unheard of at this time. As of 1925, the private camps were making headway in their development and agency camps, such as the Y.M.C.A., were opening up across the province. The leaders and directors of these camps, wanting to keep abreast of new trends, began to regularly attend the American Camping Association conventions, due to the absence of a Canadian or Ontario camping association. This situation, although helpful to the evolution of camps in Ontario, was not ideal. Issues relevant to Canadian camps, and camp leaders and directors, were not being addressed by the American association. As a result, the camp leaders in Ontario decided to form their own group. In the first few years, the meetings were informal, and held in private homes. The first members were A.L. Cochrane, H.E. Chapman, Mary Edgar, Mary Hamilton, Fern Halliday, and Taylor and Ethel Statten. One of the main topics of discussion centered on the need for a camping association in Ontario. In 1933, this group of private camp leaders and directors formally founded the Ontario Camping Association. Taylor Statten was made the first chairman of the Association. It was decided by the founding members that the Association would not just be for private camps, but would be open to anyone engaged in any aspect of camping. The interests of the founders of the Association encompassed the development and maintenance of high camping standards in the field of camping for children and an appreciation of the wider aspects of the camping movement. They believed that through discussion and consideration of common camping policies and problems, and by mutual exchange of ideas and knowledge, better camping would be achieved. The Ontario Camping Association was responsible for the development and implementation of standards for Ontario's children's camps, and, in 1941, in conjunction with the Provincial Department of Health, made the licensing of all camps mandatory. The headquarters of the Association are located in Toronto, Ontario. In 2012, the Ontario Camping Association changed its name to Ontario Camps Association.

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Fonds was in the custody of various Ontario Camping Association camps before being donated to Trent University Archives.

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Fonds consists of Brown Bag materials relating to camps associated with the Ontario Camping Association. Materials include pamphlets, photographs, film and other digital media.

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Fonds acquired through the Brown Bag Program from various camps.


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This fonds, along with 78-006, 82-009, 84-019, 86-018, 88-006, 89-015, 92-005, 93-021, 98-019, 01-018, 04-022, and 08-008 is an addition to 72-007.

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We gratefully acknowledge the assistance of students in Fleming College's 2011 Archival Management class who helped to process this collection.

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Box 1


1a. 5 Star Camps

  1. Ak-o-mak
  2. Ararat
    2a. Aurora Lutheran Bible Camp
  3. Autism Ontario Niagara Summer
  4. Awakening
  5. Bayview Glen
  6. Big Canoe
  7. Cairn Presbyterian Camping and Retreat Centres
    7a. Canadian Adventure Camp
  8. Cedar Bay Summer Explorers
    8a. Cedar Valley Ranch
  9. Centauri
  10. Celtic
  11. Cherita
  12. Chikopi
  13. Circle Sqaure Ranch
  14. Couchiching
  15. Crestwood Valley
  16. Crossroads
  17. Diamond
  18. Discovery
  19. Easter Seals, Camp Lakewood
  20. Eden
  21. Ein Gedi
  22. Forest Cliff
  23. Galbraith Optimist
  24. Ganadaoweh
  25. George
  26. Glen Bernard
  27. Glen Eagle Junior Golf
  28. Golden Lake
  29. Harbourfront Centre
  30. Hardwood
  31. Hidden Bay Leadership
  32. Hillside Nature
  33. Hockey Opportunity

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  1. Horizon Arts
  2. Humber Arboretum Nature
  3. Inner City Outtripping Centre
  4. International Hockey Training North
  5. Jacksons Point
  6. Kahouah
  7. Kemur Equestrian Girls
  8. Kenesserie
  9. Keywaydin
    9a. Kids on Deck Summer Baseball Camps
  10. Kummoniwannago
  11. Lambton Centre
  12. Magic Forest
  13. Manitou
  14. March of Dimes
  15. Massad
  16. McDougall
  17. McGovern
    17a. Mini-Yo-We
  18. Mooredale
  19. Muskoka Woods
  20. New Moon
  21. Natureways
  22. Newport Adventure
  23. Nominingue
  24. Oconto
  25. Onondaga
  26. Ouareau
  27. Outlook
  28. Par Golf
  29. Parks and Recreation; County of Brant
  30. Pearce-Williams Christian
  31. Pioneer
  32. Pleasant Bay
  33. Quality
  34. Ramah in Canada
  35. Robin Hood
  36. Rondeau Yacht Club
  37. Royal Ontario Museum
  38. Ryerson University Sports

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  1. Salvation Army Camps: Jacksons Point Camp, Day Camp, Camp Wabana, and Camp Rainbow
  2. Savation Army Jacksons Point
  3. Sans Souci-Centre d'Equitation
  4. SAC
  5. Saddlewood Equestrian Centre
  6. The Scott Mission
  7. Selah
  8. Seneca
  9. Shalom
  10. Sparrow Lake
  11. Spartacus
  12. Swallowdale
  13. Swallowdale con't
  14. Tamarack
  15. Tanner
  16. Tawingo
  17. Temagami
  18. Timberlane
  19. Tim Horton Memorial
  20. Tim Horton Onondaga Farm
  21. Towhee
  22. Trails Youth Initiative
  23. Trent
  24. Trent Summer Sports
  25. Trillium
  26. Trillium Day Camp
  27. Wahanowin
  28. Walden
  29. Waupoos
  30. Wanapitei

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  1. Wenonah 2001, 2002
  2. Wenonah 2003
  3. Wenonah 2004
  4. Wenonah 2005
  5. Wenonah 2006
  6. Wenonah 2006-2010
  7. Willow Springs
  8. Wimodausis
  9. Winnebagoe
  10. Winner's Circle
  11. Winning Techniques
  12. Winston
  13. YMCA, General
  14. YMCA Greater Toronto Area
  15. YMCA Day Camps
  16. YMCA Guelph
  17. YMCA John Island
  18. YMCA Niagara
  19. YMCA Oakville
  20. YMCA: Camp Queen Elizabeth 2005
  21. YMCa: Camp Queen Elizabeth 2010
  22. YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka
  23. YMCA Sudbury
  24. YMCA Summer Camps
  25. YMCA Wanakita

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