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Accession Number: 02-015

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Ontario Camping Association fonds. Additions. -- 1930-2002. -- 1.8 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 centred 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 deposited at Trent University Archives.

SCOPE AND CONTENT

Fonds consists of camping-related materials such as Brown Bag Program deposits, and song books, photographs, correspondence, reports, 4 VHS tapes, and one movie film.

Notes


Title based on the contents of the fonds.
Includes ca. 1500 photographs and negatives, 4 VHS tapes, and 1 movie film.
Fonds acquired in 2002 from the office of 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, 98-019, and 01-018 is an addition to 72-007.
For related records see: Canadian Camping Association, Quebec Camping Association, The Society for Camp Directors.

 

FINDING AID

 

Brown Bag Program, Boxes 1-3 (camps listed alphabetically; some of the folders include photographs)


Box 1

Folder:
1. Summer Adventures, 2001
2. Alive Outdoors, 2002
3. Arrowhead Camp, 2002
4. Aurora Lutheran Bible Camp, 2001
5. Camp Awakening, 2002
6. Bayview Glen Day Camp, 2002
7. Camp Big Canoe, 2001
8. Brampton YMCA Camps, 2002
9. Brockville YMCA Camps, 2002
10. Campfire! Bible Camp, 2001
11. Canterbury Hills Camp, 2002
12. Cedar Valley Ranch, [2002]
13. Camp Celtic, 2001
14. Chetwynd, 2000
15. Chilawee Trails Camp, 2001
16. Chilawee Trails Camp, 2002
17. Circle Square Ranch, 2001
18. Circle Square Ranch, 2002
19. Claireville Day Camp, 2002
20. Creative Wheel Camps, 2002
21. Crestwood Valley Day Camp, 2002
22. Camp Crossroads, 2001
23. Doe Lake Girl Guide Camp, 2002
24. Easter Seal Camps, 2001
25. Camp Eden, 2002
26. Camp Ekon, 2002
27. Elite Camps, 2002
28. Elite Basketball Camps, 2001
29. Camp Encore, 2001
30. Camp Encore, 2002
31. Camp Equus, 2001
32. Family Y of Cobourg Day Camp, 2002
33. Fleming College Get Up & Go Camp, 2001
34. Forest Cliff Camp, 2001
35. Fort Erie YMCA Summer Camps, 2002
36. Galbraith Optimist Camp, 2002
37. Camp Gesher, 2001
38. Glen Bernard Camp, 2002
39. Gorton Summer Camp, 2001
40. Camp Hardwood, 2001
41. Camp Hardwood, 2002
42. Hidden Bay Leadership Camp, 2002
43. Camp High Park - YMCA, 2001
44. InnerEdge, 2002
45. Camp Joshua, 2001
46. Camp Joshua, 2002
47. Camp Kahquah, 2001
48. Camp Kakeka, 2002


Box 2

Folder:
1. Kemur Camp, 2002
2. Kennesserie Camp, 2001
3. Camp Kennebec, 2001
4. Kettleby Valley Camp, 2002
5. Camp Kiawa, 2002
6. Kinark Outdoor Centre, 2001
7. Kingston Family YMCA Camps, 2002
8. Camp Kirk, 2002
9. Camp Kwasind, 2002
10. Lakefield Camp International, 2002
11. Lake Scugog Camp, 2002
12. Lambton Centre, 2001
13. Magic Forest Day Camp, 2001
14. Camp Maple Leaf, 2002
15. Camp Massad, 2002
16. Camp Muskoka, 2001
17. Camp Muskoka, 2002
18. National Capital Region YWCA - YMCA, 2001
19. National Capital Region YWCA - YMCA, 2002
20. New Frenda Youth Camp, 2002
21. Camp Nominingue, 2002
22. Camp Northern Lights, 2001
23. Northwaters Wilderness Program, 2002
24. Camp Oconto, 2002
25. Camp Opemikon, 2002
26. Camp Otterdale, 2001
27. Outward Bound Canada, 2001
28. Par Golf Camps, 2001
29. Par Golf Camps, 2002
30. Pearce-Williams Summer Camp, 2001
31. Pripstein's Camp, 2001
32. Camp Prospect, 2001
33. Camp Prospect, 2002
34. Camp Queen Elizabeth, 2001
35. Camp Ramah, 2002
36. Richmond Hill Country Club Day Camp, 2001
37. Rideau Hill Camp, 2002
38. ROM Summer Camp, 2001
39. ROM Summer Camp, 2002
40. Ryerson Day Camps, 2002
41. Salvation Army Camp, 2001
42. Sans Souci Riding Camp, 2002
43. Summer Adventurers, 2001
44. Summer Fun Camps, 2002
45. Swallowdale Camp, 2001


Box 3

Folder:
1. Taylor Statten Camps, 2002
2. Camp Timberlane, 2001
3. Time Traveller's Camp, 2001
4. Toronto Montessori Day Camp, 2002
5. Camp Trillium, 2001
6. Camp U of T, 2001
7. Camp U of T, 2002
8. Wahanowin, 2002
9. Waterbrook Farm Camp, 2001
10. Waterbrook Farm Camp, 2002
11. Camp Wenonah, 2001
12. Camp Wenonah, 2002
13. Westcoast Connection 2002
14. as above
15. Whitechurch Riding Academy Camp, 2001
16. Whitechurch Riding Academy Camp, 2002
17. Willow Springs Camp, 2001
18. Wilvalken Camp, 2002
19. Camp Wimodausis, 2001
20. Camp Winston, 2002
21. Woodeden Easter Seals Camp, 2001
22. YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington Camps, 2002
23. YWCA Camp Clover, 2002
24. Youth Leadership Camps Canada - 2001


Box 4

Folder:
1.
Camp Brochures [1946-1962]:
Camp Comak
Camp Gay Venture
Glen Bernard Camp
The Camp for Jack and Jill
Camp Kandalore
Camp Kawagama
Camp Lochinvar
Camp Metagami
Moorecroft on the Sea
Camp Nominingue
Camp Oconto
Camp Pine Crest
Camp Ouareau
Camp Ponacka
Camp Tanamakoon
Taylor Statten Camps (Ahmek & Wapomeo)
Camp Temagami
Camp Waseosa
Camp Winnebagoe
Youth Outdoors Unlimited

VHS tapes:
Swallowdale Camp, Huntsville, Ontario, n.d.
Bayview Glen Day Camp, Summer 2001
Camp Nominingue, n.d.
Westcoast Connection: Active Teen Tours & Outdoor Adventures, n.d.

Photographs (Boxes 5-7)


Box 5

Folder:
1. Birchard - Camp B'Nai B'Rith Album, 1948
2. Birchard - Camp Mohawk Photo Album, 1957


Box 6

Folder:
1. Birchard - Camp Mohawk photos, 1957-1964
2. Birchard - Camp Mohawk photo album II, 1958-1959
3. Birchard - Camp Mohawk album III, 1964
Loose in box
Photograph album: includes [Charlotte Birchard family] photographs
Unidentified scrapbook: includes newspaper articles relating to camping and photographs relating to camping activities


Box 7

Folder:
1. Birchard - Camp Oolahwan, negatives
2. Birchard - Camp Oolahwan photo album, 1949
3. Birchard photo albums - Camp Oolahwan
4. as above
5. as above
6. Birchard - Camp Oolahwan slides, 1951-1955
7. Birchard - Brashear Camp C.V.T. photos, 1947
Loose in box: Birchard - "Camp Snaps" photo album, 1930-1935 (several envelopes of photos)
8. Birchard - miscellaneous camp photos, etc.
9. Birchard - Beau Rivage album, c.1933
10. Birchard - Stewarton C.G.I.T. Album
11. Unidentified photos included in 2002 Brown Bag
12. Camp Tawingo photos, 1966


Box 8

Folder:
1. Birchard - Guestbook: Opening of C. Birchard Centre of Early Learning
2. Birchard - Programming Resources
3. Birchard - Youth Programming & Leadership items
4. Birchard - Counsellor training
5. Birchard - Indian Council Fire
6. Birchard - Mohawk Programme, 1957
7. Birchard - Programme, 1964
8. Birchard - Camp Mohawk: correspondence, 1961-1966
9. Birchard - Camp Mohawk: misc.
10. Birchard - Camp Oolahwan: correspondence, 1954-1956
11. Birchard - Camp Oolahwan: reports, 1951
12. Birchard - Camp Oolahwan: reports, 1954
13. Birchard - Camp Oolahwan: reports, 1955
14. Birchard - Camp Oolahwan: programmes
15. Birchard - Song book compiled by C. Tupper (Birchard)
16. Birchard - Songs (sheet music, etc.)
17. Birchard - Song books, Brashear Camp C.V.T., 1946
18. Camp Ouareau: correspondence, 2001
19. OCA annual report, September 2000
20. OCA Conference, 1963: handouts
21. Kirk Whipper, publicity
22. Camping media, i.e., newspaper article re Mary Eleanor Keyes; Our Kids Go to Camp magazine
23. Camping market research report, 2001
24. Society of Camp Directors releases, 1999-2001
25. OCA conference materials, 1999

Loose on shelf:
Movie film, 16 mm, colour: "Girls Camp"
(Note: the label on the case says ""Girls Camp" for Mrs. Birchard")






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