The Canadian Camp Directors Course (CCDC) is scheduled to be held from Sunday, January 23 – Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at Tim Hortons Onondaga Farms (St. George, ON).
The CCDC provides the basics for camp directors, camp operators and seasoned camp staff. This course has been designed to provide one step in the professional development of Camp Directors. The course format includes interactive presentations, small group discussions and work groups. Course content includes the basics and the principles of an updated body of knowledge from the field. The retreat setting allows formal and informal interaction between participants.
If you are interested, please download the Course Information flyer.
You can register for the CCDC one of two ways:
Distance, timing and financial restraints have made it difficult for the Newfoundland Labrador Camping Association (NLCA) to participate in regular meetings of the CCA/ACC Board. Eager to keep the NLCA connected to CCA/ACC, President Jeff Bradshaw decided that if Newfoundland could not come to CCA/ACC, then CCA/ACC would travel to Newfoundland.
During his two-day visit on September 14 and 15, 2010, Jeff listened to Newfoundland camping leaders who gathered at Killdevil Camp, directed by Malcolm Turner, President of the NLCA. He learned about the challenges facing Newfoundland camps: declining camper-age populations, attracting new user groups, adjusting programs based on camps growing or shrinking, recruiting and retaining staff, and coping with the increased cost of food and fuel and the province’s minimum wage legislation. Regrettably, most of these problems are not unique to Newfoundland. Camps on the west coast are concerned about out-migration to the east coast. Camps on the east coast are dealing with migration to the mainland.
Jeff also used the opportunity to deliver training sessions on camp management. He stressed the importance of identifying how your camp is distinctly different from other camps and other activities that children and staff can experience. He suggested using websites to communicate current information about your camp, tapping international markets, continuous communication with current families, staff and campers and the recruitment of the next generation of campers. He offered some simple steps to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the camp. Jeff stressed the value of gathering as camp leaders and learning from one another. He confirmed that, “no matter what the style, the scope, the size of a camp program might be, you can learn from one another.”
Malcolm Turner concluded, that Jeff’s contribution “cemented a solid relationship between CCA/ACC and NLCA now that everyone understands the benefits of being part of the organization.” He intends to use the content of Jeff’s presentations, which received excellent feedback, for discussion at the October meeting of the NLCA and to share the content with those members who were prevented from attending the workshop because of camp commitments. Malcolm also expressed his appreciation to CCA/ACC for supporting Jeff’s trip. An article on Jeff’s presentations with photos appeared in The Western Star on September 17, 2010.
In 2007, Jocelyn Palm, Director of Glen Bernard Camp (GBC), Ontario, received CCA/ACC’s highest award, The Ron Johnstone Lifetime Achievement Award, for her considerable contribution to camping in Ontario and across the country. But Joc does not rest on her laurels. In 2009, she completed a Living Lightly Lab, a sustainable building on her camp property, to teach campers and students how to care for our environment. Her campsite demonstrates her commitment to living lightly: composting toilets replace flush toilets to save many thousands of litres of water, solar hot water provides showers and solar power generates electricity to the various buildings.
In 2010, Joc initiated another impressive environmental project when she purchased a former church building in Sundridge, Ontario.
With few parishioners remaining and insufficient funds to maintain the building, a For Sale sign appeared on St. Paul’s Anglican Church on Main Street in Sundridge, a village on the shore of Lake Bernard opposite GBC. The camp had a coincidental tie to the church. The original building, built in 1888, burned to the ground in 1960, and Mary S. Edgar, GBC’s founder and director at the time, provided much of the funding to rebuild that same year. By purchasing the church, Joc combined Miss Edgar’s legacy to support the local community and her own passion for the environment in a project to celebrate GBC’s 90th anniversary in 2011. Joc’s vision is to convert the church building into a new Eco-Education Centre (working title). The centre will continue to increase eco-tourism in the area and put sustainable ideas into action.
A new, four-lane highway, connecting Huntsville to the south and North Bay, will open soon and bypass Sundridge to the west. The community will need unique features in order to attract future visitors. She is well aware that an important component in preserving the sparking waters of Lake Bernard for locals, visitors and Glen Bernard campers is having the area’s residents take action.
An invitation to members of the community to a consultation meeting on April 9, 2010 attracted forty interested citizens representing health, business, education and community services. The enthusiastic group shared thoughts about ways in which the eco-center’s activities could benefit the town’s residents and business owners. The first priority is to make the building fully accessible and more energy efficient. Further plans will incorporate community and education programs in keeping with GBC’s mission to live lightly on the earth.