Fonds 14-007 - Ontario Camps Association fonds. 2014 additions

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Ontario Camps Association fonds. 2014 additions

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    • 1959-2014 (Creation)
      Ontario Camps Association

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    45 cm of textual materials
    4 CDs
    1 DVD

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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 member camps of the Ontario Camps Association before being donated via the OCA to Trent University Archives from 2012 to 2014.

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    Fonds consists of materials pertaining to the Brown Bag Program of the Ontario Camps Association (formerly Ontario Camping Association). Materials include brochures, photographs, staff manuals, registration packages, correspondence, and audio-video CDs and DVDs. Also included are OCA guides, reports, and marketing materials, and two papers on the subject of camping.

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    Fonds acquired from the Ontario Camps Association and from various camps directly.


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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, 08-008, 12-001, and 12-007 is an addition to 72-007.

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        In 2012 the Ontario Camping Association changed its name to Ontario Camps Association.

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        American Camp Association
        Beacon Bible Camp
        Brock University Camps, 2011
        Cairn Camps, 2010
        Canadian Camping Association, 2011
        Camp Can-Aqua
        Cedar Glen, 2012
        Camp Cherith, 2011
        DEEP Residence, 2012
        Edgewood, 2011
        Eden, 2004
        Glenbrook Day Camp, 2011
        Green City Adventure Camp, 2012
        GTA Photography Classes
        Harber Arboretum, 2009
        Hidden Acres Mennonite Camp and Retreat Centre, 2012
        Camp Hyanto, 2008-2012
        CGIT Camp Kalalla, 2008-2012
        Kearney, 2011
        King Day Camp, 2011
        Long Bay Camp
        Operation Camp Maple Leaf, 2010
        Medeba, 2012
        Menesetung, 2011
        Millstream: A Bible Learning Center, 2006-2011
        Camp Nokomis, 2012
        Camp Northway - Wendigo, 1959-2012
        Ontario Camping Association guides, reports, marketing materials, 1993-2011
        Camp Pathfinder, 2010-2012
        Pleasant Bay Camp
        Camp Ponacka
        Camp Quality, 2011
        Red Pine Camp, 2005-2011
        Ryde Lake, 2012

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        Saddlewood Riding Camp, 2010-2011
        Safari Zoo Camp At Jungle Cat World
        Sparrow Lake United Church Camp
        St. Vincent de Paul Camp, 2011
        Camp Tawingo, 2011
        Ten Oaks, 2009-2014
        Toronto Zoo, 2004-2007
        Trent Camps, 2010-2011
        Camp Trillium
        UCC Summer Camp, 2009-2011
        Camp U of T, 2011
        Upper Canada Village, 2011
        Wendigo Lake
        Camp Wenonah, 2014
        Wilvaken, 2011
        Camp Winston, 2011
        YMCA, 2011
        Danielle Ohana, "Exploring Occupation in Children at Summer Camp," 1999.
        Jeffrey Stephen Mann, "An Analysis of Factors Affecting Parents' Choice of Ontario Summer Residential Camp for Their Child," 1999

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