Fonds 98-012 - Ontario Camp Leadership Centre (Bark Lake, Ontario) fonds

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Ontario Camp Leadership Centre (Bark Lake, Ontario) fonds

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  • 1948-1989 (Creation)
    Ontario Camp Leadership Centre (Bark Lake, Ontario)

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112 cm textual records
ca. 100 photographs

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In 1948, the camp at Bark Lake was started as a wilderness camp for boys and was financed through the government of Ontario. In 1953, girls were admitted, and the camp operated in July for girls, and in August for boys. In 1969 the Leadership Camp was established to teach youth leadership skills. The camp was later closed [1993].

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This fonds was in the custody of Ken Cressman before it was donated to Trent University Archives. Additional materials (17 framed and matted photographs) in the custody of John McCutcheon were added in 2002.

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This fonds consists of administrative papers of the OCLC, and includes lists of staff members as well as delegates for programs. It also includes an extensive collection of staff photos as well as photos of camp buildings, etc. Also included are maps of the camp, and papers related to programs.

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This fonds was donated by Ken Cressman. Additional materials donated by John McCutcheon.


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SERIES A: Reports

SERIES B: Camp programs

SERIES C: Questionnaires and surveys of camp activities

SERIES D: OCLC reunions

SERIES E: Staff and delegates

SERIES F: Administrative papers

SERIES G: Photographs and slides

SERIES H: Cassette tapes and filmstrips

LOOSE ON SHELF: 17 framed photographs

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SERIES A: Reports

Box 1


1: OCLC annual reports, 1948-1949

2: Same, 1950-1952

3: Same, 1953-1954

4: Same, 1955-1959

5: Same, 1960-1961

6: Same, 1962-1963

7: Same, 1964

8: Same, 1965

9: Same, 1967

10: Same, 1968

11: Same, 1970-1971

12: Same, 1972

13: Same, 1973

14: Same, 1974

15: Same, 1975

16: Same, 1977-1978

17: Same, 1979

18: Same, 1980

19: Same, 1981

20: Same, 1982

21: Same, 1983

22: Same, 1984

23: Same, 1985

24: Same, 1986, 1988

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1: Quarterly reports and weekly reports, 1983-1988

2: Report of the camp consultation service to nonprofit camps in the North Western and Eastern regions of Ontario, 1982

3: A history of OCLC, Bark Lake, 1973

4: Safety management at Outward Bound, 1988

5: A strategic review of the OCLC, Bark Lake, 1989, 1990

6: Conference papers: Outdoor education without boundaries, 1972

7: A report on the visitation/consultation program to nonprofit resident camps in South Western and South Central Ontario, 1983

8: The development of leadership training philosophies at the OCLC, Bark Lake, 1971

9: An investigation into facilities, activities and structure of outdoor centres in U.S.A., Canada, United Kingdom, Sweden, and Germany with a view to redevelopment of the Yarrawood Conference Centre, 1978

10: Leadership training for Youth, 1978

11: Towards an assessment of OCLC, Bark Lake, 1968

12: Report and recommendations for the OCLC - user groups, 1983

13: Evaluation report of the OCLC at Bark Lake, 1982

14: Risk management evaluation report for OCLC, 1988

SERIES B: Camp programs

15: Complete program notes, 1964

16: Crafts

17: Ropes course

18: Environmental Youths Corps Program, 1989

19: 24 hour experience program, notes

20: Workshop in camping for older adults, 1985

21: OCLC Sponsors weekend, 1985

22: OCLC Visitors day, 1975-1986

23: Hikers guides, 1985, 1986

SERIES C: Questionnaires and surveys of camp activities

24: Personal development assessments for delegates, 1993

25: Questionnaires for program satisfaction, 1978

26: Survey of Ministry of Tourism & Recreation OCLC Bark Lake Leadership program, includes sample questionnaire and report

27: Leadership assessments, 1969

28: Results of Bark Lake June Skills survey, 1988

29: OCLC Questionnaires, 1978

SERIES D: OCLC reunions

30: Miscellaneous documents regarding the 35th Anniversary including correspondence, budget, programme, 1983

31: Miscellaneous documents regarding the 40th Anniversary including correspondence, budget, programme, 40th anniversary celebration questionnaires, notes, etc., 1988

SERIES E: Staff and delegates

32: Staff and delegate directories, 1968-1988

33: Staff manuals, prior to 1987, 1987, 1989

34: Miscellaneous staff guidelines, programs for staff

34: Staff resource material Leadership course, 1973

SERIES F: Administrative papers

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1: Aims and objectives of Bark Lake leadership program, 1950-1974

2: Bark Lake roads and property maps

3: Various documents relating to site development, 1961-1980

4: History: yearly changes and recommendations, includes correspondence, etc.

5: OCLC linked trail proposal, includes correspondence, maps, etc., 1984

6: Various documents re user fees in the camp, 1979-1983

7: Proposal for the year round resident unit, 1973-1975

8: Safety management proposals, 1988

9: Correspondence re: roads, Belwood Building, highway signs, etc., 1949-1974

10: Miscellaneous documents re crests and pennants

11: Letters of appreciation, 1951-1987

12: Miscellaneous administrative documents

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1: Systems and procedures manual

2: Philosophy of development and planning in OCLC

3: Feasibility study for office automation, 1988

4: Minutes, 1952-1975

5: Minutes of the Bark Lake Advisory committee and Implementation committee, 1972-1976

6: Minutes of the Administrative Team meetings, 1974-1982

7: Minutes of the Administrative Team meetings,1987-1988

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1: Leadership manual

2: Administration manual, includes mission statement

3: Feasibility study for laundry/storage building & Polc barn, 1983-1984

4: Documents re purchase of Bark Lake, includes inventories, correspondence, etc., 1949-1976

SERIES G: Photographs and slides

Box 6

Loose in the box: Photo album with miscellaneous photos of the staff, and events in the camp. Miscellaneous photographs and slides of camp buildings, etc.

Box 7

Loose in the box:

Slides from 1940-1950: Buildings, canoeing, swimming, camp crafts, drama, sightseeing, kayaking, cross-country, archery, music, etc.

Slides from 1960-1970: Site plans, nature, Project Dare, canoeing, swimming, sailing, arts, crafts, etc.

Box 8

Loose in the box: Slides from 1980's: People, nature, site, buildings

SERIES H: Cassette tapes and filmstrips

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Cassette tapes of various conference sessions:

1.Staff training - working effectively with a high staff return, part 1

2.Same, part 2

3.Recruiting and interviewing techniques, part 1

4: Same, part 2

5: Staff development

6: On volunteers

7: Policies: What's fair for all?

8: Threats to camping

9: Marketing your camp

10: Keeping the lid on and replacing it when it blows

11: Bringing children and nature together

12: Group control, cohesion and roles

13: Currie in Outdoor Education: story 1

14: Global perspectives of Environmental Education: story 2

15: International Environmental Education Programs: story 3

16: Camp with added flair - Planning with a difference

17: Keynote speaker - Bob Proctor

18: The other end of the portage - Trends in camping

19: The nature and development of Children's pro social behaviour

20: Day camp survey meeting, 1972

21: Counselling teenagers

22: An innovative approach to staff selection

23: International Camping Congress, 1983

24: Bringing the concepts of global communication into our camps through special events and program

25: Socially and environmentally responsible purchase and program ideas

26: The OCA Conference, 1984

27: Opening general sessions, ACA, 1979

28: Opening general session, ACA, undated


1: Spring wild flowers in Northern Ontario and Quebec

2: Canoeing

3: The campsite

4: Algoma flora

5: Spring wild flowers in Southern Ontario and Quebec

6: A visit to the woods

7: A visit to the ponds

8: The camper and his equipment

9: Fires and cooking

10: Aquatic plants

Magnetic tape:

1: Betty Hunt's interview, 1969 Loose on Shelf:

Photographs donated by John McCutcheon, August, 2002:

  1. Gordon Wright, Director of Physical Education - Health Leadership Camps, Lake Coochiching, Bark Lake, 1947-1961 - First Director of Fitness and Sport Canada.

  2. Gordon Wright (lt.) and Bob Newton (rt.) Introduced kayaking to Ontario (was from Loughborough College, U.K.

  3. Campers washing, Elm Rock, 1948

  4. Bark Lodge, 1948, Doug Kerr and Ron Johnston

  5. Flag-raising ceremony, Jack Watts, Penny Hayes, Bob McGregor

  6. Five boys on shore, only one identified, Charlie Fick (staff)

  7. Junior Counsellors: Patrick Watson and Charlie Fick, 1948

  8. Three men in water includes Bob Waterfield, Supervisor of Bowmanville Boys' School, 1948

  9. Indian Night, 1948, John Kennedy and Doug Goudie.

  10. Tents

  11. Morning Watch - Jack Griffith and Bob Gladish

  12. Indian Day Celebration

  13. Jack Griffith, Director

  14. Junior Counsellor with duffle bag

  15. Indian Day Celebration

  16. Group of campers with Claire Zufeldt

  17. Indian Day Celebration

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