Fonds 92-008 - Hodgins - Wanapitei fonds

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Hodgins - Wanapitei fonds

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  • 1956-1985 (Creation)
    Hodgins - Wanapitei

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91 cm of textual records

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Stanley Hodgins was born in 1900 in Manitoba. He was raised in Stratford, Ontario and when he was old enough started to teach school near Kitchener, Ontario. Later he became a public school principal. He met Laura Belle Turel and they were married in 1926. Just before their marriage Laura Belle had graduated as a registered nurse from Hamilton General Hospital. They honeymooned on a canoe trip in Algonquin Park. Eventually they would take their two sons, Larry and Bruce on canoe trips. In 1943 Stanley became camp director at Camp Wabanaki near Honey Harbour in Georgian Bay. In 1956 they purchased Camp Wanapitei Limited, from Ed Archibald. In the purchase they acquired a chateau, a number of buildings, tent floors, an ice house, dining hall and canoes. The Camp opened under the directorship of the Hodgins. It was co-ed with boys and girls as well as men and women forming a group that would be community based and informal and relaxed. The ideals and beliefs of the Hodgins, which were part of Camp Wabanaki where the Hodgins were previous to Wanapitei, were brought in Wanapitei. A youth camp was offered as well as a spring season. Canoe tripping played a major role in the life of Camp Wanapitei. Eventually they expanded their canoe tripping to four week trips that took campers to Moosonee and Ottawa. As well there were numerous regattas every summer. In 1971 a cooperative company, called Camp Wanapitei Co-ed Camps Ltd., purchased the youth camp from Laura Belle and Stanley Hodgins. The Hodgins kept the Chateau and continued to operate it. The president, and camp director, of the new private Camp Wanapitei was Bruce Hodgins. In 1973 an adult tripping program was offered and organized by Bruce and Carol Hodgins. The youth camp offered woodcraft, swim instruction, sailing, crafts, canoe re-canvassing, square dances and special activities for the younger crowd. By this point in time the canoe tripping encompassed rivers and lakes in Northwestern Quebec and Northeastern Ontario. Trips were still going to the James and Hudson's Bay. The camp had also led trips down the Nahanni and Coppermine in the Northwest Territories and trips into Manitoba, British Columbia and New Brunswick. In 1989 Laura Belle Hodgins (nee Turel) died. In 1990 legal ownership of the Chateau was transferred to Bruce and Carol Hodgins and the Chateau property was transferred to Larry and Bruce Hodgins. In 1993, at age ninety, Stanley Hodgins died. The dreams and ideals instilled, at Camp Wanapitei, under the Hodgins directorship continued with the younger Hodgins. The Canadian Studies program of Trent University, in Peterborough, Ontario, took trips to Wanapitei every September. In 1991 the Chateau received an official Heritage Building Designation. The trips and camping continue on into 1996 and the future. (Taken from: Hodgins, Bruce W. Wanapitei on Temagami: A Story of Adventures. Peterborough, Ontario: Wanapitei Publishing, 1996.)

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This fonds was in the custody of ProfessorBruce Hodgins before it was donated to the Trent University Archives.

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This fonds consists of records of Laura Belle Hodgins who was Chair of the Kitchener, Ontario, Branch of the Women's Voluntary Services from 1942 to 1946; papers and legal documents of Stanley and Laura Belle Hodgins who bought Camp Wanapitei (a wilderness canoe tripping camp) in the mid-1950s; and correspondence, legal records, financial records, and camper, staff and program records of Camp Wanapitei under the directorship of Bruce Hodgins from 1960 to 1985.

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This fonds was donated by Professor Bruce Hodgins of Trent University.


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For related records see: 82-1000, 93-013, the Canadian Camping Association fonds and the Ontario Camps Association fonds.

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Box 1


1: Series A consists of the records of Laura Belle Hodgins, Kitchener, Ontario, Chairman of the Kitchener-Waterloo Women's Voluntary Services for the Department of National War Services, 1942 to 1946. Final report of the group's activities such as blood donor program, T.B. survey, Russian Relief Committee, Nutrition Committee, Civil Defence Committee, salvage project, national clothing drive. Included in front of box is a minute book, April 16, 1942 to April 25, 1945 and a book of organization strategy for the T.B. canvas.


2: Series B consists of papers, correspondence and records of Stanley and Laura Belle Hodgins, their purchase of the canoe trip camp of Wanapitei at Temagami, Ontario in 1959 (and leased by them from 1956) and administrative records of the camp's early days under the directorship of the Hodgins.


Series C consists of records of Camp Wanapitei from 1960 to 1985 under the directorship of Professor Bruce Hodgins (son of Stanley and Laura Belle Hodgins).

3: Wanapitei - History and Philosophy
4: Wanapitei - Federation of Ontario Naturalists
5: Canoe Tripping Course
6: Temagami Lakes Association
7: Photographs
8: Maps
9: Wanapitei - Legal Documents
10: Wanapitei - Trailhead
11: Wanapitei - Associate Director
12: Wanapitei - Medical Supplies and Personnel
13: Wanapitei - Cross-country skiing
14: Wanapitei - Site, Buildings, Equipment, Food

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1: Wanapitei - Program

2: Wanapitei - Adult Canoe Tripping

3: Wanapitei - Director's Reports; Staff Reports; Trip Reports

4: Wanapitei - Advertising and Publicity

5: Wanapitei - Brochures

6: Wanapitei - Forms; Registration, Health, Staff

7: Wanapitei - Indian Night

8: Wanapitei - British Canoe Trippers

9: Wanapitei - Campers (General): See also correspondence files

10: Wanapitei - Standards

11: Wanapitei - Board Minutes, Agendas

12: Wanapitei - Alternatives

13: Wanapitei - Staff: See also correspondence files

14: Wanapitei - Financial records; receipts

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1: Correspondence, 1960-1969 and n.d.

2: Correspondence, 1970-1974

3: Correspondence, 1975-1977

4: Correspondence, 1978-1979

5: Correspondence, 1980-1982

6: Correspondence, 1983-1985

7: Hodgins: Centenary Journey

8: Wanapitei - New Brunswick, Miramichi River

9: Miscellaneous

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