Fonds 86-018 - Ontario Camping Association fonds. 1986 additions

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Ontario Camping Association fonds. 1986 additions

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    • 1908-1986 (Creation)
      Ontario Camps Association

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    1.5 m of textual records and other material
    45 photographs
    2 prints : posters
    1 videocassette
    4 audio cassettes

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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 correspondence, camp brochures, standards kit, committee minutes, clippings, photographs and tape recordings.

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    This fonds was donated by the Ontario Camping Association.


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        For related records see: Canadian Camping Association, the Society of Camp Directors and Windy Pine Camp.

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        Further accruals expected. Additions to the fonds include 78-006, 82-009, 84-019, 85-011, 88-006, 89-015, 92-005, and 93-021.

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        Over-sized items located in Large Materials Cabinet - Drawer 31.

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        SERIES A. Camp Files

        SERIES B. Reading Files

        SERIES C. Membership Files

        SERIES D. Completed Standard Kits

        SERIES E. Camping Literature and Brochures

        SERIES F. OCA Conference and Committees

        SERIES G. Publications

        SERIES H. Miscellaneous / Historical Records

        SERIES I. Photographs

        SERIES J. Tapes

        SERIES K. Oversized Materials

        APPENDIX 1: List of Photographs

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        (contains membership information, correspondence, brochures)

        Box 1


        1: Adventure Education Centre (McGhie's Wilderness Camp)

        2: Algonquin Experience

        3: Almaquin Trails (Homeback Expedition Co. Ltd.)

        4: Camp Ambassador (Ambassador for Christ Church)

        5: Anishnawbe (private)

        6: Arrowhead (Trent City Association)

        7: Antaban - Bolton (Anglican Church of Canada)

        8: Beausoleil (Toronto YMCA)

        9: Blue Heron (private)

        10: Blue Water (Bike Camp)

        11: Elizabeth F. Brown Memorial Camp (Ontario Association for the Mentally Retarded)

        12: Boulderwood

        13: Cambridge Day Camp

        14: Camp of the Woods (Baptist Mission)

        15: Cayuga

        16: Cheppewa (Hamilton YMCA)

        17: Computer Camp

        18: De La Salle (the Christian Brothers)

        19: Endobanah (St. Clemments Church)

        20: Everton Scout Forest (North Waterloo District)

        21: Fair Glen (Associated Gospel Churches of Canada)

        22: Frontier Ranch (private)

        23: Genesee

        24: Grippen Lake (Brockville YM - YWCA)

        25: Gypsy Glen (Toronto YWCA)

        26: Hamilton Regional Boys Clubs (Camp Assistance Plan)

        27: Hockley Valley

        28: (empty file)

        29: Hockley Valley (German Culture & Language)

        30: Tim Horton Memorial Camp

        31: Camp Kalalla

        32: Kandalore and Youth Outdoors Ltd.

        33: Kawartha (Peterborough YMCA)

        34: Kelso (Peel County YM - YWCA)

        35: Kiwanis

        36: Knotly Knoll

        37: Kohai (Exceptional People) - pulled by request, March 17 1988

        38: L'Auberge des Pioneers, Inc.

        39: Mansfield Environmental Camp

        40: Maple Leaf (War Veterans)

        41: Massad (Kosher Hebrew culture & language)

        42: Minwandum (Kitchener/Waterloo YWCA)

        42a: Metropolitan Toronto Parks Department

        42b: Metropolitan Toronto Association for Retarded Children

        43: Moshava (Bnei - Akiva - Mizrachi - Hapoel - Hamizrachi)

        44: Newport (The Salvation Army) - pulled by request, Jan. 1991, & returned to OCA office

        45: Onawaw (private)

        46: Orr - Walton sports camp

        47: Pauwating (Sault Ste. Marie YMCA)

        48: Pine River Camp

        49: Ranch Royale

        50: Rolling Acres Ranch (private)

        51: Rondo Valley Ranch (private)

        Box 2


        1: Samac (Boy Scouts of Canada)

        2: Tapatoo (Toronto YWCA)

        3: Timberlea (private)

        4: Tri-bell

        5: Wangoma (Toronto YWCA)

        6: Wa-sa-ah-bun (St. Catharines YMCA)

        7: Wigwasati (private)


        Box 3


        1: Reading files, Nov. 1972 - Dec. 1972

        2: Reading files, May 1973 - Dec. 1972

        3: Reading files, Jan. 1973 - April 1973

        4: Reading files, Jan. 1974 - Nov. 1974

        5: Reading files, Nov. 1974 - April 1975


        6: Membership - Friendly Advisors File 1

        7: Membership - Friendly Advisors File 2

        8: Membership - Friendly Advisors File 3

        9: Membership - Friendly Advisors File 4

        Box 4


        1: Memberships - Committee volunteers

        2: Memberships - Presenting the OCA

        3: Memberships - General

        4: Memberships - Enquiries, 1971-1972

        5: Memberships - Enquiries, 1973-1975

        6: Memberships - Data Collected by Helen Stewart as Membership Chairman, 1976

        SERIES D: COMPLETED STANDARDS KITS 1981 (in alphabetical order by Camp)

        7: Ak-O-Mak

        8: Ambassador

        9: Blue Mountain

        10: Catchacoma

        11: Chetwyad (Sacred Heart)

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        1: Downtown Tennis Camp

        2: Flamborough Equestrian Farms

        3: Glenbrook

        4: Christian Horizons

        5: John Island

        6: Katonim

        7: Keewaytan

        8: Lakewood

        9: Manitouwabing

        10: Maple Leaf

        11: Merrywood

        12: Minwassin

        13: Nominingue

        14: Northwood

        15: Opemikon

        16: Ouareau

        17: Outward Bound

        18: Pathfinder

        19: Pioneer Day Camp

        20: Project Canoe

        21: Queen Elizabeth

        22: Robin Hood

        23: Saddlewood

        24: St. Vincent de Paul

        25: Scott Mission

        26: Solelim

        27: Sparrow Lake

        28: Summerland

        29: Swallowdale

        30: Tamarack

        31: Timberlane

        32: Toronto Brigantine

        33: Trail Finder

        34: Valley View (Day)

        35: Wabikon

        36: Wa-sa-ah-bun

        37: Woodeden

        1982 (in alphabetical order by Camp) 38: Arrowhead

        39: Bark Lake

        40: Big Canoe

        41: Bil-O-Wood

        42: Claireville (day)

        43: Clover (day)

        44: Connemara

        45: Doe Lake

        46: Gay Venture

        47: Glen Bernard

        48: Haliburton Scout Reserve

        49: Heritage Riding

        50: Hum-Ri-Va

        51: Huron Church Camp

        52: Keewaydin

        53: Kemur Camp

        54: Kamp Kiawa

        55: Kilcoo

        56: Kitchikewana

        57: Ki-wa-y

        58: Manitomono

        59: Mary Grove

        60: Naorca

        61: New Frenda

        62: New Moon

        63: Northland B'nai B'rith

        64: Pinecrest

        65: Pioneer Camps

        66: Rainbow Valley Ranch

        67: Samac

        68: Scugog

        69: Shalom

        70: Tamakwa

        71: Tapawingo

        72: Teen Caravan (Travel)

        73: Wabanika

        74: Wabun

        75: Wahanowin

        76: Wanapitei


        Box 6


        1: Camp Bolton newspaper article about camping inquiries (1985)

        2: Camp Can-Ski general information, brochure

        3: Camp Catchacoma brochure

        4: Celtic Sport Camp and Art Centre brochure

        5: Christian Horizons staff manual, brochure

        6: Circle "R" Ranch staff manual, newsletter

        7: Earlscourt Child and Family Centre brochure

        8: Edgewood 40th anniversary copy of "Inside Edge", 1984

        9: Forest Valley (day) brochure

        10: Glen Bernard brochure, staff manual, general information

        11: Glenbrook brochure, staff manual

        12: Glen Mhor brochure, camp manual, 50th anniversary information

        13: Haliburton Hockey Camp newsletter and history

        14: Hilltop history, brochure, colour photo

        15: Hollyburn brochure

        16: Jeaunesse et sante pamphlet

        17: Joy Bible Camp photocopies of brochure and letters

        18: Kadimah general information, brochure

        19: Kitchener/Waterloo YWCA brochure

        20: Kwasind brochures, poster

        21: Lakehead Association for the Mentally Retarded pamphlet

        22: Mi-a-kon-da counsellor handbook, brochure

        23: Minwassin history

        24: Missanabie Woods Christian Academy brochure, history

        25: Moorelands history, brochure, budget 1981 (Downtown Churchworkers Association), committee minutes, OCA 1985 canoe, instructor workshop mid-course evaluation. 1 copy "The Challenge of Change" by John F. Hayes, 5 (2 1/2 x 4) black and white photos, camp buildings

        26: Naorca history, staff manual, handbook brochure

        27: New Moon history

        28: Oconto history, brochures

        29: Opemikon 40th Anniversary booklet; staff manual; annual report, 1984-1985 Boy Scouts of Canada; brochure

        30: Ponacka brochure, general information

        31: Quin-mo-lac pamphlet, registration from 35th birthday invitation

        32: Richildaca letter

        33: Richmond Hills (day) flyer

        34: Ridley College brochure, general information

        35: Robin Hood newsletters, pen, brochure

        36: Camp Robin Hood 3 staff manuals, 3 photos

        37: Silver Lake Mennonite Camp staff manual, history, brochure

        38: St. Vincent de Paul Children's Camp brochure

        39: Taylor-Statten Camps Ahmek / Wapomeo - general information: canoeing, fitness, nature program; the original C.I.T. Report; brochures; Ahmek handbook "Developing Program With Teenagers" by Adele Ebbs

        40: Tawingo brochures, general information

        41: Towhee (Integra Foundation) staff guide; staff manual brochure; history of "Integra"; "Social and Behavioral Problems: a social learning theory approach" by Marc Wikhesky, Phd.

        42: Toronto Brigantine handbook, brochure

        43: Venture calendar, 1985

        44: Voyageur staff manual, brochure

        45: Wanakita brochure, staff handbook

        46: Wanapitei brochures, poster, history, general information

        47: Winnibagoe brochure, history


        48: Advisory Board 1969-1970, minutes

        49: Aquatics Committee correspondence, 1985

        50: Board of Directors minutes, correspondence, Nov. 1983 - Aug. 1985

        51: Conference Committee miscellaneous correspondence, minutes, announcements, etc., March 1982 - Aug. 1985

        52: Report of 1972 convention National Camp Directors and Camping Standards Workshop Report, Feb. 1973; Conference Report, 1973; Conference Report, 1974

        Box 7


        1: National Camp Directors Leadership Conference, Jan. 16-19, 1975 1978 Counsellor Conference Digest

        2: Conference Committee Minutes, 1980-1982, 1981 Conference Evaluation; 1981 Conference Brochure; 1981-1982 Annual Meeting

        3: International Camping Congress, 1983, brochures, correspondence, minutes, etc.

        4: International Camping Congress, 1983, brochure and information

        5: Bark Lake, International Youth Program, 1983 correspondence and 2 black & white photos; annual meeting, 1984

        6: Counsellor Conference, 1985 brochure

        7: Annual Conference for Directors and staff, 1986 also Key to Slide show presented

        8: Counsellor Placement Bureau, 1984, 1985 bulletins

        9: Education Committee, Nov. 1977 - April 1986 minutes, members lists, related correspondence

        10: Executive Committee, Nov. 1983 - April 1985

        11: Legislation Committee Report 1985

        12: Nominating Committee correspondence, Feb. 1984 and Feb. 1985

        13: Standards Committee, May 1984 - Aug. 1985 correspondence concerning accreditation and camp visitation


        Box 8


        1: Camping Clues, 4 copies

        2: Occasional News, material from editor Martin Hunt

        3: same


        4: 2 articles from Dominion Illustrated Monthly: "A Feminine Camping Party"; "Canoeing for Women"

        Camp Franklin, brochure

        "Canadian Camping - It's Foundation and its Future" by Mary L. Northway

        Annual Address, 1946

        "Ah-sah-nwah-dont ah", 1935 brochure

        YMCA Souvenir Program, 1908

        YMCA Souvenir Program, 1910-1911

        Boy's National Work Committee

        Standard Efficiency Lists

        Canadian Boy Builder, Vol.1 No.3 Feb. 1916

        5: Black Binder - newspaper clippings, 1948-1957

        6: Returned Questionnaires

        7: Material from Helen Stewart concerning Camp Wahcahmie, 1952-1974, includes brochures and paste-ups for brochures and photos

        8: Treasurer's Report, 1973, 1974

        9: Miscellaneous letters, pamphlets, etc.


        10: Photographs (see Appendix 1: List of Photographs section)


        (NOTE: Oral history cassettes have been removed to Canadian Camping Association: Sound Tape Recordings, accession 83-002)


        NOTE: All oversized items are located in the Large Materials Cabinet - Drawer 31

        Item 1: Poster, "Boy's & Leader's Conference on Boy's Work for YMCA" (Ottawa), 1921

        Item 2: same

        Item 3: Photo, "Name Us for the Archives"

        Item 4: Poster, "Camps Lost and Found"

        Item 5: Copy Photo (large), Sailboats

        Item 6: Copy Photo (large), Canoeing

        Item 7: Copy Photo (large), Group Photo

        Item 8: Copy Photo (large), Young boy and instructor

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        Appendix 1


        Box 6 Folder 14: 1 Colour (4x5), Camp Hilltop

        Box 6 Folder 25: 5 Black & White (2 1/2 x 4), Camp Moorelands

        Box 6 Folder 30: 1 Colour (4x5), Camp Ponacka

        Box 6 Folder 36: 3 Black & White (3 1/2 x 3 1/2), Camp Robin Hood

        1 Slide (same)

        Box 7 Folder 5: 2 Black & White (4x4), Bark Lake Canoeing

        Box 8 Folder 7: Indian Council Rock at Wahcahmie - 1 (8x10) Black & White - 2 (4 1/2 x 6) Black & White Portraits, Helen Stewart - 1 (6x9) Black & White Portrait, Young girl with toy

        Box 8 Folder 10: #1-13 - OCA 50th/60th Birthday; #14 - Unidentified; #15 - Barb and Peter Gilbert and Family; #16 - Mary S. Edgar, early 1940's; #17 - Unidentified; #18 - Card to "Helen" from "Mazenaw Tribe", 1974; #19 - same, 1973; #20-21 - "Camp Tawingo"; #22 - Mr. and Mrs. Drew with A.L. Cochrane; #23 - Mable Jamieson

        NOTE: See also Series K for oversized photos.

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