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 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

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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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