Fonds 74-007 - Canadian Camping Association : F.M. Van Wagner fonds

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Canadian Camping Association : F.M. Van Wagner fonds

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    • 1936-1965 (Creation)
      Canadian Camping Association

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    15 cm of textual records (1 box)

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    The first meeting of the Canadian Camping Association was held on May 20, 1936 at the Central Y.M.C.A., Toronto. At this meeting the Association was formally created, a constitution was adopted, officers were named, and steps were taken to begin the nomination process for a board of directors. The first officers of the Association were Mr. Taylor Statten, president; Miss Mary Edgar, vice-president; Dr. George S. Patterson, secretary; and Miss Mary C. Donaldson, treasurer. At the time, the primary objective of the Canadian Camping Association was to "further the interests and welfare of children, youths and adults through camping as an educative, recreative, and character developing experience." Over the years this primary goal has remained the focus of the Association with the addition of several other goals. These are: "to present the image of organized camping on a national level; to administer national camping affairs and to act as a liason between provincial camping associations; to encourage the development of high standards in camping; and to develop and promote research, training programs and conferences on a national level". The Canadian Camping Association continues to promote camping in Canada.

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    The fonds was collected by, and in the possession of, F.M. Van Wagner until it was donated to the Trent University Archives.

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    This fonds consists of the personal papers of F.M Van Wagner of Montreal, relating to his activities in the Canadian Camping Association from its founding in 1936 to 1965. He was at one time a president of the association. The papers consist of memos, correspondence, minutes, drafts of constitutions, and various materials on other provincial associations on camping standards and other topics.

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    The fonds was donated by F.M. Van Wagner.


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        1. Organizational records of the Canadian Camping Association in Ontario and Quebec; notes, clippings, telegrams, correspondence, disparate minutes, 1937 conference brochure, proposed C.C.A and Q.C.A. constitutions, 1964 by-laws, C.C.S., obituary of A.L. Cochrane

        2. Quebec section records: constitution, 1942; correspondence; 1933-38 convention materials; disparate Q.C.A., C.C.A minutes, letterhead with names of Officers and Board of Directors

        3. C.C.A. correspondence on ethics, 1937; "Business Principles in the Ontario Camping Association."

        4. C.C.A. constitutions, 1945-65; notes, correspondence drafts and redrafts, 1945, 1949, 1962-63, 65; Q.C.A. standards and by-laws 1956, 61

        5. C.C.A. minutes of annual meetings, 1955-61; minutes of Board of Directors, 1955-57; correspondence to 1959: minutes of general meetings, Q.C.A. 1955

        6. C.C.A. executive and annual meeting minutes, 1961; lists of officers, memoranda 1961; financial statements 1962; presidential reports and annual meeting minutes, 1964; correspondence, 1945-53

        7. C.C.A. executive minutes, with reports from various provincial associations, 1958-65; conference correspondence, list of "Provincial Key People", 1959-60

        8. C.C.A. convention materials; minutes of planning committee; C.C.A. - Q.C.A. correspondence, 1948-65

        9. Q.C.A. standards committee minutes, mailing lists, O.C.A. standards report 1955; various items on provincial association, 1943-56

        10. McGill University: F.M. Van Wagner's file on camping courses at McGill, 1934-48; counsellor training, camp training, outdoor education and camp administration, notes re: lectures and curricula, correspondence

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