Fonds 85-011 - Ontario Camping Association fonds. 1985 additions

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Ontario Camping Association fonds. 1985 additions

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  • 1947-1985 (Creation)
    Ontario Camps Association

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30 cm of textual records
ca. 185 photographs : ca. 50 colour slides
ca. 50 negatives and 85 photographs
3 engraving plates

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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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This fonds was created by and in the custody of the Ontario Camping Association before it was donated to the Trent University Archives.

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This addition to the fonds consists of camp brochures, photographs, newspaper clippings, conference reports, Ontario Camping Association Archives Committee correspondence, newsletters, minutes of meetings and files of Helen Stewart.

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This fonds was donated by the Ontario Camping Association.


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Further accruals expected. Additions to the fonds include 78-006, 82-009, 84-019, 86-018, 88-006, 89-015, 92-005, and 93-021.

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Box 1


1: Camp Kandalore application forms, general information

2: Camp Kandalore newsletters

3: Camp Kandalore brochures

4: Camp Kandalore advertisements

5: Camp Mithril trip itinerary, 1975 & 1974

6: Beaver Lake Camp brochure

7: Hilltop Camp brochures

8: Camp Oconto June Kennedy, camp craft notes

9: Camp Inawendawin brochure

10: Camp Allsaw booklet outlining philosophy, training, staff programs, and facilities - 2 copies

11: Tanamakoon brochure

12: Canadian Red Cross Society Campways 1948 brochure

13: Directors Weekend, Nov. 1978

14: Counsellor Conference, 1979

15: Conference Report, 1973

16: Blue Springs Scout Reserve

17: Newspaper clippings

18: Newspaper clippings

19: Ranch Royale - brochure

20: Girl Guides

21: Kilcoo Camp banner - brochures

22: Chapel Talks at Kilcoo

23: 50th Anniversary Photo Kilcoo, Kilcoo Sketch Book (photos), 1envelope - Kilcoo photos, Conference 1967

24: Kilcoo Camp Photo Album, 1932-1933 (donated by Bob Doering)

25: Photographs & Engraving Plates

26: Blue Lake & Rocky Shore accounting and advertising

27: Photo: Conference - 2 - Feb. 1985; OCA 60th Birthday Party taken by Eleanor Kay - 13

28: Photos Envelope (Shadow Lake Camp)

  1. group photos - 42
  2. individual photos - 27
  3. groups of two people - 13
  4. winter - 19
  5. buildings & scenery - 11
  6. golfing & fishing - 9
  7. canoeing & sailing - 13
  8. swimming - 10
  9. equestrian - 34 & wartime - 17

29: Envelopes 11.negatives 12. negatives

  1. Camp Nomininque

  2. Education Committee

  3. OCA Archives Committee general correspondence, 1979-1983

  4. Archive Committee minutes of meeting, 1981-1983

  5. Copies of archives newsletter, assorted correspondence, 1966-1978, draft and copy of "Today - Tomorrow's Yesterday"

  6. Returned questionnaires

  7. Occasional news and related correspondence,1981-1983

  8. American Camping Association

  9. Mary Northway list of taped interviews

Loose Items: Slides of OCA Archives - 2 slide cases Photo contest winners

Blue Binder: Helen Stewart Files, Chairman of Archives Committee OCA

Onondaga Camp Diploma (rolled up)

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