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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.
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 material pertaining to the Ontario Camping Association such as brochures, membership records, camping standards, financial records, photographs and committee minutes.
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For related records see: Canadian Camping Association, the Quebec Camping Association, the Society for Camp Directors and Windy Pines.
Further accruals are expected. This fonds along with 78-006, 82-009, 84-019, 85-014, 86-018, 88-066, 89-015 and 93-021 is an addition to 72-007.
SERIES A: CAMP BROCHURES
Allsaw, 1985, 1986
Arowhon Pines, 1988
Arrowhead, 1986, 1988, 1989
Bark Lake, 1992, n.d.
Big Canoe, 1992
Big Doe, 1986
Blue Heron, 1983
Bon Echo, 1980s
Canadette Sports Camp, 1978, n.d.
Canadian Adventure Camp, 1971, 1974,
1976, 1977-1986, 1989, 1991
Canadian Sports and Fitness Camp, n.d.
Cedar Ridge, n.d.
Celtic Sports & Arts Centre, 1986, 1987,1989
Cherith, 1986, 1988, 1989
Chikopi Canoe Tripping Camp, 1983
Chipiwa Lodge, 1972, 1973
Circle R Ranch, 1989
Circle Square, 1987
Combermere Lodge, 1972, 1972
Country Club Day Camp, 1988
Crystal Springs, 1986
Easter Seal Society, n.d.
Etobicoke Parks and Recreation Services,
Explora Camp, 1986
Fraser Lake Camp, 1988, 1992, n.d.
Frontier Trails Camp, 1980s
Gay Venture, 1985, 89
Glen Bernard, 1988, 1989, n.d.
Glen Mhor, 1980s
Glenbrook, 1992, n.d. (see also Fraser
Lake Camp brochure, n.d.)
Haliburton Hockey Haven, 1986, 1987
Horizon, 1986, 1988
Horse People, 1986
Illahee Northwoods, 1980s
Inn & Tennis Club at Manitou, n.d.
Kandalore, 1988, 1989
Lakefield Camp International, 1987
Lakefield Computer, 1984 (see Otterdale,1984 brochure)
Le Camp, 1989
Lorien Wilderness, n.d.
Manitou-Wabing Sports, 2 postcards, program, n.d.
Maple Glen, n.d.
Matt Man Camps (Ak-O-Mak & Chikopi),1983
McKeeby Lodge, 1985
Metro Toronto Zoo, 1986
Mi-A-Kon-Da, 1985, n.d.(2)
Mini-yo-we, 1983, 1986, 1988, 1989
Mooredale Day, n.d.
Mulmur Hills, 1986
Muskoka Woods, 1980
New Frenda Youth Camp, 1980s
Northway, 1989 (+ Songbook 1962) 10:
Oconto, 1988, 1992
Ojibway of Keewaydin, n.d.
Ontario Camp Leadership Centre,
Ontario Cystic Fibrosis, n.d.
Ontario March of Dimes, 1988
Ontario Pioneer Camps, 1988
Otterdale, 1984, 1986, 1989
Owl Rafting Inc., 1989
Pine Crest, Information, 1986, 1987,1992
Pioneer Camps, 1986
Queen Elizabeth, 35th Season, 
Quin-Mo-Lac, 1987, 1992
Rainbow Valley Ranch, 1980s
Robin Hood, n.d.
Red Pine, 1988
Richmond Hills Day Camp, 1980s
Seneca College, 1987
Sports Ridley, 1980s, 1989
Tamakwa, 1980s, 1988
Tanamakoon, 1986, 1992
Tapawingo, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1992
Tawingo, 1980, 1987, 1988, 1992
Taylor Statten Camps (Ahmek & Wapomeo),1980s
Taylor Statten Camps (Ahmek, Wapomeo, Outpost,), n.d.
Taylor Statten Camps, 1985
Taylor Statten Camps Newspaper Canoe
Lake Echoes, 1987
Temagami ("Announcing the FiftiethSeason..."), n.d.
Toronto Brigantine, n.d. (2)
Trailfinder, n.d. (2)
Trillium, , n.d.
United Church Summer Camps, 1989
Vaughan (City of), Dept. of Recreation, 1992
Wanakita, 1989, 1991/92, 1992
Wanapitei, n.d., 1992
Wanapitei, Newsletter, 1986
White Pine, 1988
Willow Bluffs Area, 1992
Y, n.d. (see Camp Davern, n.d.)
YMCA Day Camps, 1988, 1992
15: American Camps, A-M
16: American Camps, N-Y
SERIES B: BROWN BAGS PROGRAM
Canadian Adventure, 1991
Country Club, 1989
Dorian Bible, 1991
Etobicoke, 1990 (+ staff manuals 1989 &1990)
Galilean Bible, 1991
Glen Bernard, 1990 (includes envelope of undated photos)
Horizon, 1990 (materials all enclosed in black manual)
Horse People, 1991
Kin, 1989 (red manual only)
Kintail -envelope containing materials, especially photographs, from 1981-1990 -brown bag,1991
Lakefield International, 1990
Marydale (Catholic Youth Organization),1991
Mini-yo-we (photo), 1963
New Moon, 1990
Northland - B'Nai Brith, 1990
Ontario Pioneer, 1990
Pearce Williams Christian Centre, 1991
Pine Crest (with staff manual), 1990
Quin-Mo-Lac, 1989, 1991
Robin Hood Staff Manual (manual only),1987
Scott Mission, 1990
Shalom, n.d. (photos only)
*Sparrow Lake Camp manual (by Madeleine Ferguson), July 1958
Tamakwa, 1989, 1990
Tawingo, 1991 (also red staff manual 1990), (also photo of Bubby [Nashman]and Nancy Bramm, 1987)
Toronto Teen Leadership, 1991
Wahanowin, n.d. (photos only)
Westcoast Connection Travel, 1990
SERIES C: OFFICE RECORDS
Receipts, Jan.-Dec. 1983 Disbursements, Jan.-Dec. 1983 Receipts, Jan.-Dec. 1982 Disbursements, Jan.-Dec. 1982
1: (Note: The following materials were all received in large brown envelopes - the titles in parentheses are as found originally on each individual envelope) "OCA: Rough Info." [1986-1987] - paper by Ron Johnstone entitled "Ontario Camping Association Study re: Mandate and Goals for Future Development", n.d. - miscellaneous notes re: membership survey, interviews, summary of comments from member camp survey, summary of current committee responses, etc. [1986- 1987] - sponsor's mailing list 1986/1987 - lists of recreational camps
2: "Committee Survey" [1987-1988]- OCA Operational Review survey forms and related rough notes
3: "Random Sample Member Camps",1987 - OCA Operational Review survey forms and related rough notes
4: "Personal Interviews - Non-MemberCamps", 1987 -O.C.A. Operational Review Study: Non- O.C.A.Member Interview forms
5: "Bark Lake Camp Director Workshop Survey", n.d. -OCA Operational Review: Individual Survey: Non Ontario Camping Association Members forms
6: "Membership Survey", n.d.- OCA Operational Review Membership Survey forms
7: "Membership Survey", n.d.- OCA Operational Review Membership Survey forms
8: OCA Executive Meetings 1989-1990 (agenda and minutes of meetings and related materials)
9: OCA Advisory Council Meetings 1989-1990 (agenda and minutes of meetings and related materials)
10: OCA Regional Representatives Meetings1989-1990 (agenda and minutes of meetings and related materials)
11: Old Board Member Lists, 1960-72- includes photographs of board members
12: Board Correspondence, 1967-81
13: Board Weekend, 1981 -correspondence, etc.
14: OCA Board of Directors 1989-1990(agenda and minutes of meetings and related materials)
15: Society of Camp Directors [1990-1991]-Society of Camp Directors' "proposal to stimulate camping research in co-operation with Trent University and the OCA", ie. in the form of writing awards (also includes related notes)
16: "Presidential Package" - 1988 -conclusions and recommendations of operational review, presidential appointments, correspondence, etc.
17: OCA Volunteers - n.d. "The Volunteer Game"; "Volunteerism: The Art of Wearing Different Hats"
18: Bethany Hills School information package- 1980-1981
SERIES D: CANADIAN CAMPING ASSOCIATION, and QUEBEC CAMPING ASSOCIATION
19: CCA - Correspondence 1968-1975: Correspondence and memos between OCA and CCA, Quebec Camping Association and CCA, etc.; report of the task force studying development of the CCA - 1970; CCA mailing list 1968, etc.
20: CCA - Correspondence 1973-1976: Correspondence and memos between provincial associations and CCA; reports of executive meetings of CCA; Canoeing School Committee report; Archives Committee report; reports of various provincial camping associations; annual report 1973 of CCA president, etc.
21: CCA - Correspondence 1974-1977: Correspondence and memos; CCA National Standards Workshop Preliminary Session1974; CCA executive lists and provincial association offices lists with addresses; report of CCA executive development workshop 1976, etc.
22: CCA - Aquatics 1968-1978: regulations and correspondence (with OCA) regarding lifejackets, canoeing standards, canoeing terms; canoeing school pamphlets, etc.
23: CCA 1970-1977- Minutes of CCA executive meetings and board of directors meetings; membership lists of each province 1974;`Report of the President and the Provincial Assoc. 1972 CCA', etc.
24: CCA Reports 1966-1967: -Project Report #6: Report of the CCA's National Seminar on Intercultural Camping, Jan 27-30, 1966 - Project Report #7: Report of the CCA's Western Region Seminar on Intercultural Camping, April 5-9, 1967
25: Quebec Camping Association Inc. - letterhead paper and envelopes, n.d.
SERIES E: COMMITTEES
1: Outdoor Resources (Outdoor Education), (Environmental) Committee 1960-1969
2: Outdoor Education Committee 1980 (includes "Code of Recommended Practices for Outdoor Education in Toronto", 1980)
3: OCA Camp Committee 1989-1990 (minutes of meetings and related materials)
4: Day Camp Committee 1972-1973 (minutes of OCA Day Camp Committee meetings; correspondence and reports)
5: OCA Day Camp Committee 1989 (minutes of meeting Nov.28)
6: OCA Conference Committee 1989-1990 (agenda and minutes of meetings and related materials)
7: OCA Conference Steering Committee 1989-1991 (list of members of conference steering committee 1991, agenda and minutes of meetings and related materials)
8: OCA Staff Placement Bureau Committee 1989 (Staff Placement Bureau Bulletin #'s 1,3-11)
9: OCA Archives Committee 1990 (30photographs each with accompanying identification:..."Archives 1990 Conference BanquetPhoto"...) ...................
10: OCA Standards 1972-1973: standards committee reports; standards committee correspondence; standards volunteer visitors lists and standards visitor request forms; lists of camps to be visited by standards visitors
11: Proposed Standards & Guidelines for Outdoor/Wilderness Programming, 1979-80
12: OCA Standards Workshop for Visitors andCamp Directors 1988 - program and workbook
13: OCA Standards Committee 1989-1990 (OCA publication entitled "Guidelines for Accreditation for Residential Camps" - also draft proposal; minutes of meetings; correspondence and memos, etc. re: matters relating to standards committee)
14: Miscellaneous Committee & Nomination Information, 1959-74
15: Nominations 1972-1976: nominations for OCABoard of Directors positions, president, members-at-large, etc.; certificates from University of Western Ontario for in-service training course in recreation; correspondence, etc.
SERIES F: PUBLIC RELATIONS
16: Public Relations 1969-1978: press release entitled "'Endowing the Future Canadian': a speech by... Jean Chretien... to the Ontario Camping Association... 1969"; public relations committee reports, correspondence, newspaper clippings 1969-1974; correspondence and newspaper clippings 1973-1976; 'Lions International Club Officers Directory 1970-1971 - Region 7 Zone 7 Central'; public relations - newspaper clippings and magazines 1974- 1977; public relations - newspaper clippings and magazines 1976-1978; letters, minutes, financial reports, etc. from CCA in a duotang entitled "Stan Talesnick" 1978
SERIES G: CORRESPONDENCE
Series G - Subseries A: Miscellaneous Correspondence
17: Miscellaneous correspondence, etc. from "binders of material which were Hartland M. Devenney's personal files from the Ontario Camp Leadership Centre" - correspondence from Irwin Haladner, Director, [Wabi-Kon Camp], addressed to 'Dear Staff Member', May-June 1948 - Pre-Camp Staff Training presentation, 1964 - OCA Canoeing Tests, November 1961 and Canoeing Test Report sheet; OCA Definition of Canoeing Terms-Section B, n.d. - memos, etc. re: Ontario Camping Association Staff Supervision Session, 1964
18: Miscellaneous correspondence, ie.- Camp Winnebagoe, 1970 -Brush Ranch (New Mexico) to Mrs. Ebbs, Taylor Statten Camps, 1970 - Camp Carolina (North Carolina) to Mrs. Ebbs, Camp Wapomeo, 1970 - re: Le Pere Paul Belanger, n.d. (in French) -Riding Camps - Kiniya, Vt. to "Couchie"(Mrs. Ebbs), 1972 - Integra Foundation,1972 - O'Connor-Conmee Baptist Church to "Couchie" (Mrs. Ebbs), Taylor Statton Camps, 1972 -Camp Services Co-Operative Inc. 1978 -Camp Wanapitei to Adele and Harry [Ebbs],1987 (includes Wanapitei 1931- 1986 anniversary dinner programme brochure and "A History of Lake Temagami's Sandy Inlet and Wanapitei 1891-1986"
19: Miscellaneous correspondence and Memos, etc. - 1989-1990 (correspondence, memos, notices, ie. re. election of board members, conference exhibitors lists, membership renewal notices, etc.; also, an obituary of F.M. VanWagner (1894-1989))
20: Provincial Leadership Development Consultation, Curtis Eastmure, 1979 (also "A Report on the Provincial Leadership Development Consultation", etc.)
21: Legislation-Water Resources Commission- Ron Johnstone, 1971 (also "Preliminary Report on the Influence of Industrial Activity on the Lakes in the Sudbury Area" 1969-1970)
22: Ontario Forestry Association, 1962-1981
23: Ontario Department of Lands & Forests, 1960-1968
24: Ontario Place, 1972
25: Ontario Recreation Association, 1966-72
SERIES H: CONFERENCES, WORKSHOPS, SKILLS WEEKENDS PROGRAM, EDUCATIONAL TRAINING AND EXCHANGES
1: Conferences - 1975-1988 -programs 1975-1978, 1980-1982, 1984- 1986, 1988 -overall or summary evaluation reports of conferences in 1978, 1979, 1980, 1984 -conference committee minutes of meetings 1984-1985 and other materials related to conferences of 1984 and 1985
2: OCA Councellor Conferences 1976-1977: Councellor Conference 1976 "We're going to be partners" booklet and subsequent report; OCA Councellor Conference Digest1977; report on 'Camping is alive with the sound of music" 1977 OCA Councellor Conference; Councellor Conference Committee meeting minutes, etc.
3: OCA Councellor Conferences 1978-1988: Conference programs 1978-1982, 1985-1988; miscellaneous correspondence and notes; list of councellor conference committee members 1983, etc.
4: OCA Conferences 1977-1979: booklet entitled "The OCA Camping Association 1979 Conference Salutes "The Year of the Child""; brochures, correspondence;OCA Program Committee and OCA Conference Committee minutes of meetings; folder entitled "OCA Conference '78 "A Time to Share"", etc.
5: Directors' Conference: Exhibits, 1979-89-lists of exhibitors, correspondence, -"Sharing the Spirit - OCA Conference, January 28-30  - What's Where, Exhibitor's Newsletter" -photograph of 36' Montreal Canoe
6: Directors' Conference: Exhibits, 1988 - lists of exhibitors, correspondence, etc.
7: Conference Records, 1986 -list of 1986 conference committee chairmen, correspondence, etc.
8: Conference Records, 1987 -correspondence, program of events, expenses, etc.
9: Thunder Bay Camping Association Campference 1989 (OCA Regional Development) -pamphlets, notes, correspondence, minutes, financial arrangements
Folders 10-49: Skills Weekends Program:
10: General, 1986
11: Addresses, 1986
12: Outtripping, 1986
13: Evaluation, 1986
14: Common Program, 1986
15: Masters, 1987
16: Evaluation, 1987
17: Ecoskills, 1987
18: Outtripping, 1987
19: Canoeing, 1987
20: Administration, 1987
21: Addresses, 1987
22: Canoeing, 1988
23: Bark Lake, 1988
24: Evaluation, 1988
25: Food, 1988
26: Evaluation Summaries, 1988
27: Common Program, 1988
28: Administration, 1988
29: Registration, 1988
30: Ecoskills, 1988
31: Arts/Crafts, 1988
32: First Aid, 1989
33: Evaluation, 1989
34: Food, 1989
35: Canoeing, 1989
36: Addresses, 1989
37: Registration, 1989
38: Arts/Crafts Package Master, 1989
39: Evaluation, 1989
40: Arts/Crafts, 1989
41: Ecoskills, 1989
42: Bark Lake, 1989
43: Administration, 1989
44: Addresses, 1989
45: Crests, donated by Urin, Theresa, 1989
46: Arts/Crafts Administration, 1989
47: Arts/Crafts Supplies and Suppliers, 1989
48: Eco-skills registration forms, 1990
Eco-skills "Suggestion Box" forms,
 & related correspondence
49: OCA Skills 1989 - 6 photos
OCA Skills 1991 - 27 plus negatives
1: OCA Canoe Weekend - Glen Bernard Camp - 1981 (workshop for camp canoe leaders) -handwritten documents relating to the canoe weekend entitled: -1981 OCA Canoe Weekend -Activity Schedule -Philosophy and Objectives of Camp Canoeing -Being an Effective Teacher -Effective Canoe Safety Training -Organization of the Waterfront -The In-Camp Out-Trip -History and Resources -Assessment -paper entitled "A Canoeing Leadership Course for the Ontario Camping Association"
2: Belgian-Ontario Exchange - 1985-1987 (an exchange of camp counsellors organized between 'Jeunesse et Sante' of Belgium and the OCA) - (NOTE: much of this material is in French) -"Belgium-Ontario Exchange" by Martin Hunt - handwritten outline of events leading up to and including the exchange -newsletters, brochures, pamphlets, etc. of 'Jeunesse et Sante' -2 publications entitled "Rapport de l'echange de Jeunesse et Sante en Ontario du 4 au 19 juillet 1986" and "Rapport de la mission exploratoire de Jeunesse et Sante en Ontario du 10 au 20 aout 1985" -correspondence and misc. notes -notes relating to a conference presentation -lists of participants in the exchange and participant contracts
3: Bolton Education Centre: Professional Leadership Development program (developed by the OCA) - Phase 1 held at Bolton Education Centre September 1977 - task force report of phase 1; brochures and information on Bolton Outdoor Education Centre, etc.
4: OCA Standards Committee - minutes 1986-1989; correspondence; OCA standards concerning canoeing, swimming, waterskiing, archery, camp safety, health, etc. 1966-1990; standards committee members list 1989-1990, constitution & by-laws 1988; Camp Allsaw accreditation matter 1984-1988
5: Miscellaneous memos, correspondence, notices, etc. to Bolton Education Centre from OCA 1977-1989
6: "The OCA Binder Finder Orienteering Classic" plus photographs of workshop, n.d.
SERIES I: CAMPING BOOKS, ARTICLES, AND PAPERS, DIRECTORIES, MAPS
(including related notes, memos, research materials, etc.)
7: -research material and typescripts for the 50th anniversary publication to commemorate the history of the O.C.A., 1983 includes handwritten notes and chapters, memos to and from the OCA History Committee)
8: -black folder containing OCA history committee minutes and original typescripts with corrections, research materials
9: -typescripts with corrections, research materials
10: -Titles - correspondence and suggested title lists referring to the search for a title for the book commemorating the OCA's first 50 years
11: -Quotes - correspondence, expense records, etc. re: the Wintario grant used to help publish Blue Lake and Rocky Shore
12: -Book Reviews - & newspaper clippings, etc. of Blue Lake and Rocky Shore
13: R.H. Perry material for book entitled Canoe Trip Camping, 1953 - photocopy of partial book -typescript
14: Camping-related papers - 1951, 1965 - Toronto Nursery Education Association, "What About Camping for Young Children?" 
-"A Camp Director Comments on T.N.E.A. Report of Camping for Young Children"
-"Some Conclusions Growing Out of a Study on Programme, and Staff Qualifications in Camps Catering to Children From Two to Six Years of Age." (This study was made available under the auspices of the Toronto Nursery Education Association, Summer - 1951)
-Brief to the "Select Committee on Youth" Province of Ontario...1965 by the Ontario Camping Association -"A Prayer for Parents", n.d.
15: Miscellaneous publications and newsletters:
- "It's Wise to Supervise" / compiled and edited by Alan Klein and Irwin Haladner (published by Canadian Camping Magazine Co. and distributed by OCA), n.d.
-"Camp Sights: Desirable Practices for Canadian YMCA Camps", 1965
"Ontario Forests" / Ontario Forestry Association, Sept. 1971
"National Lifeliner" / The Royal Life Saving Society Canada, Sept. 1988
-"On Record" / Family Service Association of Metropolitan Toronto, Oct. 1981
-"International Camping Fellowship Newsletter", 3 issues 1987-1989
"Together Towards Tomorrow Times", 3 issues 1988-1989
"Camp gives your child everything under the sun" / CCA, n.d.
16: Latimer, John R., article in Fox Valley Living magazine, March 1990, entitled "Why Send Your Children to Camp?"
17: Miscellaneous magazine articles and newspaper clippings related to camping, 1972-1991 (includes several newspaper
18: Miscellaneous camping directories, maps
"Globe and Mail Directory of Kids Camps": two 1991 issues; Jan., Feb., and March 1992 issues
"HMS Summer Camps" (partial listing of OCA accredited camps), n.d.
"Butterfield & Robinson European Trips for Students. Summer 1972" (Toronto)
Algonquin Provincial Park map 
St. Lawrence Islands National Park map, 1970