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Accession Number: 01-018

Title

Ontario Camping Association fonds. Additions. -- 1978-2001. -- 3.5 m of textual records and other materials.

Biography / History

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 YMCA, 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.

Custodial History

This fonds was in the custody of the Ontario Camping Association before it was donated to Trent University Archives.

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of original textual materials and photographs relating to various camps (Brown Bag Program), camp songbooks, three VHS tapes, one of a speech by John Jorgenson, one entitled "Choosing a Suitable Camp", and one, "Camping in Ontario (Our First Century)". Also included are annual reports and slides from Moorelands Camp, conference and international congress materials, OCA constitution and by-laws, and administrative records, correspondence, and minutes of the various committees and board of governors of the Ontario Camping Association. Included also are articles written by Charles Plewman on the subjects of Tom Thomson, Taylor Statten, and the formation of the OCA.

Notes

Title based on the contents of the fonds.

Includes ca. 100 photographs, ca. 240 slides, and 3 VHS tapes.

Fonds acquired in the years 1998 to 2001 from the Ontario Camping Association.

Restrictions: N

This fonds, along with 78-006, 82-009, 84-019, 86-018, 88-006, 89-015, 92-005, 93-021, and 98-019, is an addition to 72-007.

For related records see: Canadian Camping Association, Quebec Camping Association, and The Society for Camp Directors.




Finding Aid

Boxes 1-5: Camps: Brown Bag Program (Note: Some Brown Bags contain photographs)

Box 1

Adanac

Ak-O-Mac

Alfred College

Allsaw

Arrowhead

Awakening

Banting

Bark Lake

Barrie - YMCA

Bayview Glen

Beacon Bible

Bellaleo

Belwood, Ki-Wa-Y, Wabanaki

Big Canoe

Bimini

Birchmount

Blooming Acres

B'Nai Brith of Ottawa

Bolton

Bonita Glen

Bon Echo

Can-Aqua

Canterbury Hills

Cedar Glen - YMCA

Cedar Valley Ranch

Centre

Cherith

Cinch Stables

Circle R Ranch

Circle Square Ranch

Claireville

CNIB Lake Joseph Centre

Columbus Boys

Conestogo



Box 2

Cottage

Couchiching

Country Club

Countryside Camp and Conference Centre

Crusaders Bible

Doe Lake Girl Guide

Ekon

Firewood

Five Oaks

Foxfire Equestrian Centre

Frontier Trails

Galbraith Optimist

Ganadaoweh

Gay Venture

Gesher

Glen Bernard

Glen Mhor

Glenbrook

Gorton Summer Camp and Petting Farm

Greenwood Outdoor Discovery

Grippen Lake

Halton School of Equitation

Havergal Summer

Hila Science

Hollows

Horse People

HTS

Hum-Ri-Va

Huronda

Hurontario

Hyanto

Iawah

Iona

Joy Bible

Kagawong

Kalalla

Katonim

Kawabi

Kawartha



Box 3

Keewaydin

Kemur

Kennebec

Kiawa

Kidventures

Kienuka

Kilcoo

King

Kingston Family YMCA

Kintail

Kirk

Kitchikewana

Kwasind

Lakefield

Lambton United Church Centre

Langskib

Ma-Kee-Wa

Manitou

Manitou-wabing Sports and Arts Centre

Maple Leaf

March of Dimes

Marshes & Moccasins

Marydale

Maun-Kiki

Medeba

Mi-A-Kon-Da

Middlebury

Min-Yo-We

Minwassin Outdoor Education Centre

Mishewah

Misquah

Missanabie

Montessori Schools (Toronto)

Mooredale

Moshava

Muskoka Woods Sports Resort



Box 4

National Music

New Frenda

New Moon

New Strides

Newport

Northwaters Wilderness Program

Northway-Wendigo

OCY

Olympic Sports

Onondaga

Ontario Pioneer

Opemikon

Otonabee

Otter

Ouareau

Par Golf

Pathfinder

Pickering College

Ponacka

Pripstein's

Project C.A.N.O.E.

Quin-Mo-Lac

RKY

Robin Hood

Ryerson

Saddlewood

Selkirk

Seneka College

Shalom



Box 5

Silver Lake Mennonite

Silver Lake United Church

Simpresca

St. Vincent de Paul

Summer Circle

Tall Ship Adventures

Tamakwa

Tanamakoon

Tapawingo

Tawingo

Texas Longhorn

Towhee

Trails Youth Initiatives

Trent Summer Sports

Trillium

Tropicana

Upper Canada College

Wabun

Wahanowin

Waldon

Wanakita

Wanapitei

Waupoos

Wenonah

West Coast Connections

White Pine

Willow Springs

Winnebagoe

Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre

Wyoka

Yamaha Summer Arts

Zodiac Swim & Specialty

Folder

1. Presbyterian Church: camping notes, board minutes of Camping and Outdoors Ministries Committee, 1986-1991

2. Defunct camps



Box 6

Camp songs: music books and sheet music



Box 7

Folder

1. OCA Counselor's Conference, 1985, 2000

2. Camp Director's Conference, 1993

3. OCA Director's Conference, 1979, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1999

Loose in box: VHS tape: John Jorgenson BCCA keynote speaker, February 5-8, 2001 Camping conference


Box 8

Moorelands Camp: annual reports, 1980-1997, plus slides

Folder

1. OCA annual reports, 1995, 1996

2. OCA Executive Committee minutes, 1995-1996



Box 9

Folder

1. 1st International Camping Congress, 1983

2. 2nd International Camping Congress, 1987

3. 3rd International Camping Congress, 1994

4. as above

5. as above

6. as above

7. 5th International Camping Congress, 2000

8. Society of Camp Directors, re Speakers' Fund (Morawetz), Essay Prize

9. Canadian Camping Association: miscellaneous

10. Plewman, Charles, articles written by:

- The Days Leading up to the Formation of the Ontario Camping Association (also entitled: Commencement) (handwritten and typed)

- Some Aspects of Tom Thomson's Death and Burial (typed) (Note: Plewman was a pallbearer at Thomson's funeral)

- Taylor Statten (handwritten and typed)

- The Camp Movement (handwritten)

- Plewman (handwritten and typed)

11. Day Camp Committee: minutes, correspondence, etc., 1978-1988

12. Guidelines for accreditation of camps: last draft and two revisions, 1989



Box 10

Folder

1. OCA operational review, 1987

2. OCA awards and member recognition

3. OCA insurance

4. Standards, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1989

5. OCA constitution and by-laws, 1963; new constitution as of November 1988

6. OCA Archives Committee - oral history guidelines, 1989

7. OCA Special Needs Committee minutes; Integration Committee minutes, 1996-2000

8. OCA Public Awareness minutes, 1996, 1999

9. OCA Advisory Council minutes, 1996-1999

10. OCA Health Care Committee minutes, 1996-2000

11. OCA Editorial Committee minutes, 1999



Box 11

Folder

1. OCA Human Resources Committee minutes, 1996-1999

2. OCA: Miscellaneous, i.e. newsletters, membership (1990), committee guidelines ca. 1996, Code of Ethics for volunteers 1996, list of camps and accreditation visitors, AGM 1997, personnel policies report 1997, action plan 1997-1998, membership survey summary n.d.

3. "Choosing a Suitable Camp" VHS tape

4. OCA Board of Governors minutes, 1987-1989

5. Annual meeting notices, 1994-1997

6. OCA Board of Governors minutes, 1994-2000

Loose in box: "Camping in Ontario (Our First Century)" VHS tape, OCA 2000

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