Fonds 88-006 - Ontario Camping Association fonds. 1988 additions

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Ontario Camping Association fonds. 1988 additions

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  • 1940-1987 (Creation)
    Ontario Camps Association

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14 cm of textual records
ca. 250 photographs
1 film strip
ca. 12 audio cassettes
4 5.25 diskettes

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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 until it was donated to the Trent University Archives.

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This addition to the fonds consists of financial records, camp brochures, committee minutes, photographs and cassette recordings.

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This fonds was donated by the Ontario Camping Association.


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  • French

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For related records see: See the Canadian Camping Association, the Quebec Camping Association, the Society for Camp Directors and Windy Pines.

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This fonds along with 78-006, 82-009, 84-019, 85-011, 86-018, 89-015, 92-005 and 93-021 is an addition to 72-007.

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Camp brochures may have been removed from folders and placed in Camp Brochures collection located in Special Collections.

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Box 1


1: Old Cash Book Sheets - OCA, 1964-1974 - list of receipts and disbursements

2: OCA Receipts, Jan. 1979

3: OCA Receipts, Feb. 1979

4: OCA Receipts, March 1979

5: OCA Receipts, April 1979

6: OCA Receipts, May 1979

7: OCA Receipts, June 1979

8: OCA Receipts, July 1979

9: OCA Receipts, Aug. 1979

10: OCA Receipts, Sept. 1979

11: OCA Receipts, Oct. 1979

12: OCA Receipts, Nov. 1979

13: OCA Receipts, Dec. 1979

14: OCA Disbursements, Jan. 1979

15: OCA Disbursements, Feb. 1979

16: OCA Disbursements, March 1979

17: OCA Disbursements, April 1979

18: OCA Disbursements, May 1979

19: OCA Disbursements, June 1979

20: OCA Disbursements, July 1979

21: OCA Disbursements, Aug. 1979

22: OCA Disbursements, Sept. 1979

23: OCA Disbursements, Oct. 1979

24: OCA Disbursements, Nov. 1979

25: OCA Disbursements, Dec. 1979

26: OCA Receipts, Jan. 1980

27: OCA Receipts, Feb. 1980

28: OCA Receipts, March 1980

29: OCA Receipts, April 1980

30: OCA Receipts, May 1980

31: OCA Receipts, June 1980

No file for July 1980

32: OCA Receipts, Aug. 1980

33: OCA Receipts, Sept. 1980

34: OCA Receipts, Oct. 1980

35: OCA Receipts, Nov. 1980

36: OCA Receipts, Dec. 1980

37: OCA Disbursements, Jan. 1980

38: OCA Disbursements, Feb. 1980

39: OCA Disbursements, March 1980

40: OCA Disbursements, April 1980

41: OCA Disbursements, May 1980

42: OCA Disbursements, June 1980

43: OCA Disbursements, July 1980

44: OCA Disbursements, Aug. 1980

45: OCA Disbursements, Sept. 1980

46: OCA Disbursements, Oct. 1980

47: OCA Disbursements, Nov. 1980

48: OCA Disbursements, Dec. 1980

49: Black Ledger book - general information, 1966-1973

50: Accounts and financial records, 1975 Ledger

51: Accounts and financial records, 1977 Ledger

52: Accounts and financial records, 1978 Ledger

53: Accounts and financial records, 1979 Ledger

54: 1978 OCA Summer Research Project - correspondence, notes and documents relating to an Experience '78 summer employment research program

55: Experience '78 summer employment program - correspondence, notes and documents

56: Experience '78 - accounts and financial records

57: "Skills Across Camping '78" - summer employment program, employee information and expense reports, plus correspondence and documents

58: "Skills Across Camping '78" - list of camps visited and the workshops held at each camp

59: Reports prepared by employees on the camps visited

60: Questionnaires from camps providing feedback on the "Skills Across Camping '78" program

61: "Skills Across Camping '78" payroll book and some documents relating to the program

62: Correspondence to OCA, 1979-1980: requesting purchases, refunding, etc.

Box 2


1: Correspondence, notes and documents relating to Grants to the OCA, 1947-1960

2: Correspondence, notes and documents relating to Grants, 1961-1969

3: Correspondence, notes and documents relating to Grants, 1970

4: Correspondence, notes and documents relating to Grants, 1971

5: Correspondence, notes and documents relating to Grants, 1972-1973

6: Correspondence, notes and documents relating to Grants, 1974-1975

7: Correspondence, notes and documents relating to Grants, 1976

8: Correspondence, notes and documents relating to Grants, 1977-1978

9: Leadership Development Seminar, 1975 - correspondence, notes and documents

10: Leadership Development Seminar, 1977- 1978 - correspondence, notes and documents

11: Leadership Conference, 1974 - financial records

12: Directors Conference, 1975 - financial records

13: Executive Development Conference, 1974 - correspondence, notes, documents and financial records

14: Executive Development Conference - Stoney Creek, 1975 - financial records

15: Counsellor Conferences - 1979-1982 - brochures and financial records

16: Audio-Visual costs, OCA, 1974

17: "Drama in Camping" - report for the Ministry of Community and Social Services - Sports and Recreation Bureau, 1974

18: Day Camp Campcraft Workshop, 1976 - correspondence, notes and documents

19: Education Committee - financial report, 1974

20: French Language Conference - Quebec, 1976 - correspondence, notes and documents

21: Mountain Guiding Conference - Kandalore, 1976 - notes and financial records

22: Oral History project, 1976-1977 - financial record

23: Outdoor Education project, 1976 - correspondence

24: Regional Development, 1977-1978 - correspondence and financial records

25: Researcher - Bruce Buie, 1975 - correspondence

26: Woodsmanship School, 1975-1980 - correspondence, notes and documents

27: Environmental Concerns Workshop, 1975 - financial registration, and seminar content information

28: Pollution Probe, 1970 - correspondence and materials on pollution in Ontario, including reports

29: Standards Committee Workshops - correspondence, 1974-1978

30: Standards Committee - proposed mandatory standards and reports for the OCA, 1979, 1981

31: Camping Standards - American Camping Association Report, 1954, revised 1956, plus a 1953 ACA standards pamphlet

32: American Camping Association - miscellaneous correspondence, notes and documents, 1963-1980

33: President reports from the OCA to the CCA Annual Meetings, 1962-1967, 1971

34: OCA Board Meeting Minutes, 1985-1987

35: OCA Committee Minutes, 1985-1988 (Conference Committee, Directors Conference, Executive Meetings)

36: OCA Committee Minutes, 1985-1987 (Aquatics, Education, Environmental, Integration, Membership, Program, Standards, Woodsmanship, Workshop)

37: OCA Archives Committee Correspondence, 1979-1986

38: OCA Archives Committee - Minutes of Meetings, 1981-1985; 1984 Annual Report of the Archives Committee; 1982-1983 Archivist's report; 1981 Archives Committee Membership list

39: OCA Archives Committee - Miscellaneous materials - interview lists, projects, correspondence to OCA camps

40: New Brunswick and Saskatchewan Camping Association Materials - First Publication of the NBCA, 1970; SCA membership list, 1969; board meeting minutes, 1985-1987; SCA Standards, 1984

41: Quebec Camping Association (English Section) - minutes, reports, some correspondence, 1972-1977

42: Quebec Camping Association (English Section) - correspondence, minutes, reports, constitution, 1978-1979

Box 3


1: Miscellaneous camp materials: - Camp Ahmek - notice of Leader's camp, 1920; Advertising letter, 1922; certificate, 1925 - Camp Allsaw - brochure and other materials, 1986 - Camp Awakening - brochure, history and program, 1986 - Branchton Camp - brochure, 1985 If not here try Camp Brochures.

2: Miscellaneous camp materials: - Colline aux Nuages (Clouds Hill camp) - brochure, background information, 1973-1974 - Camp Ekon - data sheet (OCA questionnaire), 1986 - Camp Hollyburn - brochures, map, data sheet (OCA questionnaire), 1986 - Camp Horizon - brochure, data sheet (OCA questionnaire), 1986 - Camp Humriva - history, brochure, data sheet (OCA questionnaire), 1986 If not here try Camp Brochures.

3: Miscellaneous camp materials: - Manitou-Wabing - application kit with various brochures, 1973 - Muskoka Summers (Kamp Kawandag) - brochure, 1945 - Onondaga Camp - advertisement from the Toronto Symphony Supplement, April 25, 1987 - Camp Ponacka - brochure and history, photo (sailing) - Richildaca Camp - information letter, 1985 - Ryde Lake Camp - four group photographs of participants, 1962-1964; list of camp counsellors, 1964 If not here try Camp Brochures

4: Miscellaneous camp materials: - Shadow Lake camp - brochures, information and data sheet (OCA questionnaire), newspaper article re opening of Shadow Lake camp; 1986 - Shangri-la (Glen Bernard Camp) - brochure for fund-raising to establish Shangri-la, a new camp for British war- guests, 1942 - Camp Summerland - brochure (c1980) - Camp Tamarack - booklet, 1968 - Camp Towhee - background information of the camp and its program - Woodeden Camp - booklet, 1979 - YMCA camps (Toronto) - Camp Norval, Camp Wangoma, Camp Pine Crest, folders (c1960); Camp Woapak folder; Camp Pow Wow folder; letter re YMCA camping in Canada, 1968; budget - Toronto YMCA, 1968 - YWCA camp - Burleigh Falls; photograph, 1916. If not here try Camp Brochures.

5: "Camping Clues" - A History by Eanswythe Flynn

6: "Report of the Camp Committee" of the Ontario Boys' Work Board, 1931

7: Transcript of Interview with Adele Ebbs about her father, Taylor Statten

8: Assorted newspaper clippings, 1986-1987. Photocopy of article about the start of camping season, 1963

9: Assorted OCA conference materials; photograph, 1985 counsellor conference; brochure from international camping conference, 1987; OCA counsellor conference, 1986 pamphlet; photograph presented to session leaders, 1988 OCA conference for Directors and Senior Staff; photographs from 1967 OCA Board meeting, Kilcoo

10: Miscellaneous camp materials - Camps of the Easter Seal Society (Northwood Camp, Blue Mountain Camp, Woodeden Camp, Merrywood Camp, Lakewood Camp) brochure, 1986; Blue Mountain Camp brochure, 1987; Canadian Adventure Camp brochures, 1986; Outward Bound program pamphlet; Esso Swim Canada program pamphlet; Statistics for Ontario Association for the Mentally Retarded and a copy of the presentation to OAMR conference, 1974; Recreation Leadership program at Centennial College pamphlet; Program of the 65th Reunion of Taylor Statten Camps, 1986

11: Alphabetical listing of defunct camps and whether they are run privately or by a group or organization

12: OCA Promotional Materials, 1978

13: General information regarding membership in the OCA; mailing lists

14: Correspondence - Jocelyn Palm, 1977-1979

15: Correspondence - Douglas Booz, 1978-1979

16: Correspondence - Grant Kerr, 1983-1985

17: Correspondence - Wayne Hussey, 1984-1985

18: General correspondence - OCA, 1985

19: General correspondence - OCA, 1986

20: General correspondence - OCA, Jan. - April 1987

21: Miscellaneous OCA Materials, 1983-1985: Camp Nursing News; Treasurer's report; financial report; minutes of Annual OCA meeting, 1983

22: Miscellaneous OCA Materials, 1986: Membership list; staff placement bureau bulletins; assorted materials relating to OCA programs and events during 1986

23: Miscellaneous OCA Materials, 1987: staff placement bureau bulletins; assorted materials relating to OCA programs and events during 1987

24: Tenders for the 1986, OCA Skills Weekend Tender: Information on Camp Arowhon, Camp Hilltop, Camp Pathfinder, Sacred Heart Child and Family Centre, Camp Tanamakoon, Camp Tawingo, Camp Wanakita and Camp Wanepitei

25: 1986 OCA Annual Conference for Directors and Senior Staff, Program booklet, and photo album

Photographs/Slides/Negatives Photographs:

  • 1985 OCA Conference

  • Toronto Brigantine

  • 1986 OCA Conference and the 1985 Fall Education weekend

  • Camp Tapawingo slide show Slides:

  • Alberta/B.C. Leadership course

  • Gary Luthy - Solomon Island canoes Negatives:

  • Joc Palm and June Labett

  • miscellaneous others

Negative block:

  • Anne Vail

Box 4

Camp Robin Hood Materials


1: Camp materials stored on four floppy discs - Administration, staff, program camping, manual

2: Miscellaneous materials - mailings, lists, brochures, 1960-1970

3: Miscellaneous materials - mailings, lists, brochures, 1977-1986

4: OCA - Day Camp Committee Report, 1969-

5: OCA - Day Camp Committee Report, 1984-

6: Camp Robin Hood Staff Manual, 1969

7: Camp Robin Hood Staff Manual, 1977

8: Camp Robin Hood Staff Manual, 1978

9: Forms sent to Camp Robin Hood, 1978

10: Camp Robin Hood Staff Manual, 1979

11: Camp Robin Hood Staff Manual, 1981

12: Camp Robin Hood Staff Manual, 1983

13: Camp Robin Hood Staff Manual, 1984

14: Etobicoke Day Camps Staff Manual, 1986

15: Camp Robin Hood Song Book, 1963

16: Camp Robin Hood Song Book, 1970

17: Camp Robin Hood Song Book, 1971

18: Songbook

19: Camp Robin Hood Song Book, 1977

20: Camp Robin Hood Song Book

21: Camp Robin Hood Song Book

22: "Les Memoires", Camp Robin Hood, 1962; "The Robin Hood Arrow", 1963 camp newspaper; Camp Robin Hood "Daily Arrow", 1970 camp newspaper

Box 5

Various Camp Materials, 1986-1987


1: Bayview Glen - Summer Day Camp - various papers, brochures

Camp Belwood - brochure and papers

Branchton Camp, "Indian Day", 1986 - photographs and papers

Camp Brebeuf - crests, brochures, papers

Canadian Adventure Camp - brochure

Cave Springs Camp - assorted papers, annual report, map, brochure, button

2: Camp Cherith - assorted papers, documents, Staff Manual, brochure

Dorion Bible Camp - crest, brochures, assorted documents

Camp Edgewood - brochure and assorted papers

Etobicoke Day Camps - Staff Manual

3: Etobicoke Day Camps - baseball cap, staff manual, games, crafts, songs, cookout books; brochures and various papers

4: Fraser Lake Camp - A history and brochure

Galilean Bible Camp - cap, crest, photographs, brochures, staff manual and other papers

Camp Hilltop - brochure, photographs, staff manual and other papers

Hockey Opportunity Camp - brochure and assorted papers

Hollows Camp - brochure, handbook and other papers

The Horse People Inc. - poster, pamphlet, various papers

5: Jack and Jill Kinder Camp (Maple Key Adventure Camp) - brochure and papers

Jackson's Point Camp (Salvation Army) - pin, postcards, handbooks and manuals, other papers

Joy Bible Camp - brochure, handbooks, other papers

6: Camp Kakeka - cap, crest, ward medal, pen, Counsellors Manual, Song Book, brochures, various other materials

Box 6


1: Camp Kawartha - brochure and papers, photographs

Camp Kintail - brochure, staff manual, song book, assorted papers

Camp Maple Glen - various papers

Camp Marydale - crests, brochures, staff manual, other papers

Camp Mazinaw - miscellaneous materials, 1948-1951

2: Camp Mi-a-Kon-da - crests, pamphlet, song book, miscellaneous other materials

Moorelands Camp - map, assorted papers

3: Tanglewood Day Camp - brochures and other materials

Camp Tapawingo - Staff Manual, brochures

Camp Tawingo - brochure and various other materials

Youth Leadership Camp - various handbooks, photographs

Loose on shelf in separate box: Filmstrip: "Shelters for Trip Camping"

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