Fonds 89-015 - Ontario Camping Association fonds. 1989 additions

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Ontario Camping Association fonds. 1989 additions

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  • 1934-1990. (Creation)
    Ontario Camps Association

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3 m of textual records and other material

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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 records pertaining to the Ontario Camping Association and member camps in Ontario. It includes brochures, camping standards (camp visits), photographs (Camp Wanakita, 1934 to 1950), slides and other material.

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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 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, 85-0141, 86-018, 88-066, 92-005 and 93-021 is an addition to 72-007.

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Over-sized items located in Large Materials Cabinet - Drawer 32.

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Box 1


1: Camp Robin Hood

2: Forest Valley

3: Camp Ramah

4: Camp Nominingue (t-shirt only)

5: Camp Awakening

6: Camp Kawabi

7: Loyal True Blue & Orange Camp

8: Eco-skills Workshops

9: Integra

10: Haliburton Hockey Haven / Quanahar Ringette Camp

11: Camp Wanakita

12: Camp Kilcoo (Photo 1933?)

13: Teen Ranch

14: Chippewa Day Camp

15: Camp Mi-A-Kon-Da

16: Missanabie Woods Academy

17: Camp Chimo

18: Camp Catchacoma

19: Camp Moorelands

20: Camp Cheboygan

21: Camp Northern Lights

22: Crusaders Bible Camp

23: Camp Couchiching

24: Ontario March of Dimes

25: Camp Hollyburn

26: Kinark

27: Celtic Sports and Arts Centre

28: Camp Ouareau

29: Northwood Camp

30: Camp Ponacka

31: Camp Arrowhon

32: Circle `R' Ranch

33: Olympia Sports Camp

34: Camp Mini-Yo-We

35: Onondaga Sports Camp

36: Camp Can-Ski

37: Camp Green Acres

38: Simpresca

39: Matt Mann Camps

40: Taylor Statten Camps

41: Camp B'Nai B'Rith of Ottawa

42: Camp Northway

43: Camp Medeba

44: Camp Walden

45: Camp Oconto

46: Camp Winnebagoe

47: Crystal Springs

48: Camp Chetwynd

49: Camp Tawingo

50: Miscellaneous correspondence, camp pamphlets, 1 photo

51: OCA Archives Committee - minutes, newsletters, correspondence

52: Correspondence and photo of Jack Pearse

53: 1988 OCA Board photos

54: Tanamakoon photos

55: ACA 1988 Convention photos

56: CCA Magazine's misc. photos

57: OCA Skills Weekend timetable drafts, meeting minutes

58: Youth Camp Director Institute 1984 minutes, conference agendas

59: ACA 1990 National Conference brochure

60: Draft proposal for accreditation in the OCA

61: OCA Board minutes May 1985 - March 1986

62: Saskatchewan Camping Association Board minutes November 1986 - September 1989

63: "A Warranty for Planet Earth" (article by Sam Hambly)

64: OCA operational review - minutes, consultant correspondence., "Martin Hunt's Thoughts", draft report



Box 2


1: Bayview Glen, Camp Belwood, B'Nai B'Rith, Bolton Camp, By-Oa-Ca

2: Brebeuf, Canterbury Hills, Canadian Adventure Camp, Camp Cherith, Chippewa Day Camp

3: Davern, Dorothy Lake, Durham Region - YMCA, Earlscourt Special Day Camp, Camp Ekon

4: Everton Scout, Fraser Lake Camp, Camp Ganadaoweh, Glenhuron, Camp Hilltop

5: Hockey Opportunity, The Hollows, Hurontario, Illahee Northwoods, Jackson Pt.

6: Camp Kakeka, Kandalore, Camp Kintail, Lake Joseph CNIB, Langskib

7: Lorien Wilderness Camp, Mi-A-Kon-Da, Maple Glen, Maple Key Day Camp, Camp Marydale

8: Camp New Strides, Onondaga, Pathfinder, Quin-Mo-Lac, Shadow Lake, Sidrabene

9: Simpresca, Tanamakoon, Camp Tawingo, Thorncroft Day Camp, Wabikon, Camp White Pine

10: Camp Adanac, Ahmek, Arowhon, Camp Awakening, Camp Calumet

11: Can-Ski, Canadette Sports Camp, Circle R Ranch, Columbus Boys Camp, Camp Couchiching

12: Crusaders Bible Camp, Crystal Springs, Explora Camp, Glen Mhor, Green Acres Day Camp

13: Hollyburn, Huronda, Hyanto, Kawabi, Kee- Chi-Ha

14: King Valley Day Camp, Lakefield Computer Camp, Le Camp, Medeba, Miri-Yo-We

15: Mishewah, Mooredale Summer Day Camp, Oconto, Olympia Sports Camp, Ontario March of Dimes 1984-1985

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1: Otterdale, Ponacka, Camp Reena, Richildaca, Salvaine

2: Thornhill Day Camp, Towhee, Walden, Wanakita, Wapomeo - (Taylor Statten)

3: Winnebagoe, Wyoka, Y Outdoor Centre 4: BIG DOE, Catchacoma, Camp Chetwynd, Couchiching, Dog Lake

5: Camp Duncan, Easter Seals: Blue Mountain Earlscourt, Forest Valley, Glenbrook Day Camp

6: Haliburton Hockey, John Island Camp (YMCA), Kadimah, Katonim, Keewaytan

7: Kennebec, Kin Camp, Kinark Camp, Lakewood Camp, Long Bay

8: Minwassin, Mulmer Hills, Northwater, Northwood Opemikon

9: Ovareau, Pioneer Day Camp, Project Canoe, Queen Elizabeth, Ramah

10: Camp Robin Hood, Saddlewood, St. Vincent de Paul, Scott Mission, Sparrow Lake, Sports Ridley

11: Swallowdale, Timberlane, Toronto Brigantine, Trailfinder, Valleyview Day, Voyager, Woodecles1986

12: Director's response forms for 1986 booklets


13: Arrowhead Day Camp, Barklake, Camp Big Canoe, Bil-0-Wood, Branchton Camp

14: Christie Lake Boys Camp, Clover Day, Connemara Camp, Doe Lake Camp, Camp Fundale

15: Campgay Venture, Camp Gesher, Glen Bernard, Haliburton Scout Reserve, Humriva

16: Keewayden, Kilcoo Camp, Kitchekewana, Camp KI-WA-Y, Kwasind

17: Manitomono, Merrywood, Mooredale Day, Camp Naorca, New Freda Youth Camp

18: Camp New Moon, Camp Nominingue, Northland B'Nai B'Rith, Ottawa YMCA/YWCA Day Camp, Pinecrest

Box 4


1: Pioneer Camps, Pleasant Bay Bible Camp, Rainbow Valley, Ryerson Day Camp, Camp Shalom

2: Shomria, Camp Solelim, Camp Tamakwa, Tapawingo Teen Caravan

3: Camp Wabanai, Wabun, Wahanowin, Wanapitei


4: Bayview Glen, Camp Bellwood, Belwood Lodge and Camp, B'Nai B'Rith of Ottawa, Bolton Camp

5: Brebeuf, By-Da-Ca, Canadian Adventure, Canterbury Hills, Cave Springs

6: Cherith, Dorian Bible Camp, Dorothy Lake, Camp Edgewood, Camp Ekon

7: Fraser Lake, Camp Canadaoweh, Glen Huron, Hilltop, Hockey Opportunity

8: The Hollows Camp, The Horse People, Huron Church Camp, Camp Hurontario, Illahee Northwoods

9: Camp-Ka-Ke-Ka, Kandalore, Camp Kintail, Lake Joseph Centre, Langsxib Canoe Camp

10: Maple Glen, Maple Key, Marydale, Camp Mazinaw, Camp Mi-A-Kon-Da, Camp New Strides

11: Pathfinder, Shadow Lake, Sidrabene, Silverlake, Silver Lake Menonnite, Tanamakoon

12: Tangewood Daycamp, Tawingo, Wabikon, White Pine, Camp Y-Ma-Wa-Ca, City of Toronto Leadership Camp


13: Canadette Sports (Private)

14: Camp Chamara

15: Connemara (Private)

16: Charles N. Agree Outpost Camp

17: D'Ette (French Day) Toronto Montessori Schools

18: Downtown Tennis Camp

19: Durham Region YMCA Day Camp

20: Explora Camp - Communication Development Program

21: Flamborough Equestrian Farms

22: Glenhuron (The Salvation Army)

23: Green Acres Day Camp (Private)

24: Heritage Riding Camp

25: Kinark Child and Family Services Lottit Lake Camp

26: Lorien Wilderness Camp

27: Rainbow Programmes for Children

28: Richildaca (Day) Private

29: Thorncroft Equestrian Centre

30: Thornhill Day Camp

Miscellaneous Items:

31: Camp B'Nai B'Rith of Ottawa

32: Crests from Camps - Northwood, Blue Mountain, Merrywood, Bolster

33: Guidelines for Accreditation for Residential Camps Draft 1989

34: Camp Wanakita Photos 1934-50, 5 unidentified slides

35: 14 photos and 1 slide of 20th anniversary of Society of Camp Directors

Box 5


1: Members Addresses 1974-1976 Environmental Committee

2: Reports 1975-1978, Budgets, Objectives, Progress - 2 photos of Moorelands Camp

3: OCA Board "Business" September 1982 - November 1983

4: OCA "Board Information" February 1983 - February 1984

5: OCA Board, Minutes, Correspondence, Agendas September 1984 - March 1987

6: OCA Board Minutes, Correspondence... 1984/1985

7: Board and Members Addresses

8: OCA Minutes, Agendas 1985-1986

9: OCA Operational Review 1986

10: OCA Board Business, Agendas, and Minutes April 1987 - August 1987

11: OCA Board Business, Agendas, and Minutes September 1987 - November 1987 - includes 1 photo

12: OCA Board Business, Agendas, and Minutes December 1987 - February 1988

13: OCA Board Business, Agendas, and Minutes March 1988 - May 1988

14: OCA Board Business, Agendas, and Minutes June 1988 - September 1988

15: OCA Board Business, Agendas, and Minutes October 1988 - January 1989

16: OCA Board Business, Agendas, and Minutes January 1989 - June 1989

17: Submissions for Newsletter

18: Research Information

19: Letterhead

20: Environmental Concerns Committee (E.C.C.) Board Minutes 1975-1978

21: E.C.C. General Correspondence 1974-1977

22: E.C.C. Correspondence 1975-1979 ??

23: E.C.C. Correspondence ??

24: Camping and Environmental Seminar 1975- 1976

25: E.C.C. Pamphlet

26: E.C.C. Chair Manual

27: E.C.C. Miscellaneous Correspondence June 1982 - October 1983

28: E.C.C. Minutes, Agendas ??

29: E.C.C. Year End Report 1984, Financial Forecast 1985

30: E.C.C. Minutes and Agendas 1986-1987

31: E.C.C. 1977-1978 Conference

Box 6


1: ECO Skills Weekend 1982-1984 - lists, photos, negatives, reports

2: ECO Skills Weekend 1982-1987 - miscellaneous information, correspondence

3: ECO Skills Weekend 1986 - questionnaires, timetables, 2 photos

4: ECO Skills Weekend 1986 - minutes

5: Resource Materials

6: "Northern Conservation" - includes 1 map and Provincial Parks materials

7: E.C.C. questionnaires 1982

8: "Environmental Issues"

9: Environmental Standards for the O.C.A.

10: Conservation and Alternate Resource Development in Camping (CARDIC)

11: "Save Maple Mountain"

12: Mailing Forms from 1977-1978 E.C.C.

13: E.C.C. Correspondence April 1985 - March 1987

14: E.C.C. Correspondence 1986 re: Red Squirrel Road extension

15: E.C.C. Correspondence with M.N.R. re: camping and forestry

16: E.C.C. Minutes, Agendas November 1985 - March 1986

17: E.C.C. concerns ??

18: Guide to Membership

19: Wilderness Camping Standards draft

20: Wilderness Camping Standards

21: Day Camp Standards

22: Woodsmanship School

23: as above

24: Membership Committee (M.C.) Recruitment of New Camps

25: M.C. Form Letter Drafts

26: M.C. "Old Notes" October 1977 - February 1979

27: M.C. Minutes, Correspondence February 1978 - October 1981

28: Individual Members Lists 1978-1982

29: Membership Prospects

30: M.C. Correspondence March 1978 - October 1981

31: Re: Camping Directory Inserts

32: Re: OCA Code of Ethics

33: M.C. Forms and Form Letters

34: M.C. "Old Reports" 1977-1983

35: M.C. Budgets/Expenses 1981-1983

36: M.C. Minutes, Questionnaires October 1982 - November 1983

37: Re: Girl Guides: Northern Ontario

38: Report on the Nova Scotia Outdoor Leadership Development Program

39: C.C.A. Constitution and By-Laws

40: Correspondence with other camping associations

41: C.C.A. ---------

42: Auditors File 1969-1972

43: Better Business Bureau - correspondence

44: Canada Permanent Trust Company - bank statements, correspondence

45: Charters Sharpe Estate

46: "Office" 102 Eglinton Ave. E. - leases, correspondence

47: 1986 Director's Conference

48: 1985 Director's Conference

49: 1984 Director's Conference

50: Advertising Information 1981-1983

51: Counsellor's Conference 1979

52: Counsellor's Conference 1980

53: Counsellor's Conference 1981

54: OCA Corporate Planning Process

55: Camp Kawagama Materials from David Towler 1986

Box 7


1: Counsellor's Conference 1982 - correspondence, materials

2: Counsellor's Conference 1983

3: Counsellor's Conference 1984

4: Counsellor's Conference 1985

5: Exhibits

6: Director's Conference 1978

7: Director's Conference 1979

8: Director's Conference 1980

9: Programme Committee Minutes - Director's Conference 1980

10: Director's Conference 1981

11: Director's Conference 1982

12: OCA Conference Notes 1977

13: OCA Conference Notes 1978

14: OCA Conference Notes 1979

15: OCA Conference Notes 1980

16: OCA Conference Notes 1981

17: OCA Conference Notes 1982

18: OCA Conference Notes 1984

19: OCA Conference Notes 1985

20: Miscellaneous Conference Notes 1980-1982

21: ACA Convention Workbook 1985

22: 1985 Conference Materials

23: OCA Conference Notes 1986

24: Miscellaneous Conference Programmes

Box 8


1: OCA Fall Weekend 1973 Arrowhead Ranch

2: Director's Weekend December 1974 Keswick Youth Camp

3: Open Meeting Black Creek Pioneer Village October 1975

4: Camp Director's Weekend November 1977

5: Director's Fall Weekend November 1978

6: Director's Fall Weekend November 1979

7: Director's Fall Weekend November 1980

8: Director's Fall Weekend November 1981

9: Director's Fall Weekend November 1982

10: Education Committee - General Correspondence 1961-1981

11: Membership Correspondence 1976

12: Membership Committee General Correspondence 1977

13: Membership Committee General Correspondence 1978

14: Membership Committee General Correspondence 1979

15: Membership Committee General Correspondence 1980

16: Membership Committee General Correspondence 1981

17: Membership Committee General Correspondence 1982

18: Membership Committee General Correspondence 1983

19: Membership Committee General Correspondence 1984


20: Camp Adelaide (Girl Scouts of Canada)

21: "Doris Goldfarb's Day Camp"

22: Cooper Sports Camp

23: Camp Crossroads

24: Edelweiss Sports Centre

25: Evangel Church

26: Gilford Sports Camp

27: Handicapped Action Group

28: Jewish Community Centre of Ottawa

29: Little White Fish

30: Nanawaqua

31: Camp Nee Jee

32: Northwoods Youth Camp

33: Outdoor Educational Services

34: Outlook Hamilton

35: Owandonze

36: Quetico Centre

37: Scallywag Camp

38: Camp Sirrah

39: Spectrum

40: Summer Adventures Canoeing Program

41: Camp Sun Rise

42: Camp Tekakwitha

43: Weight Watchers Camp

44: Wagonwheel Ranch

45: Lost Bay Camp

46: Ontario Hydro Eastern Ontario Transmission Lines

47: Education Committee 1966-1977

48: Department of Education General File 1954-1969

49: Department of Education General File 1970

50: Quetico Foundation

51: Conservation Council of Ontario 1967- 1971

52: Education Committee - Director's Weekend 1966-1968

53: Education Committee - Director's Weekend 1969

54: Education Committee - Director's Weekend 1970

55: Education Committee - Director's Weekend 1971

56: Education Committee - Director's Weekend 1972

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Slides (17) and Script for January 26, 1989 - Jane McCutchen receives Dorothy Walter Award at the OCA Conference Annual Meeting

1 envelope containing 3 slides from Joy Bible Camp

Miscellaneous slides for Archives Slide Show - 1989 Annual Meeting (4 boxes)

1 box of the 1988 OCA Counsellor's Conference (13 slides)

Winners of the Annual OCA photo contest 1988? (17 slides)

Large Materials Cabinet - Drawer 32:

Haliburton Hockey Haven OCA Accreditation Certificate 1971-1978

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