Archive for April, 2011


Posted on April 19, 2011 by spreston

In 2007, the canoe was named one of the Seven Wonders of Canada via a CBC Radio feature, in which over one million votes were cast. In celebration of this recognition, the Canadian Canoe Museum founded National Canoe Day with the aim of increasing paddle sports in Canada. In 2011, the designated day is Sunday June 26. However, a special day to celebrate canoeing and kayaking could be scheduled for any day in the camp summer season!

You are invited to get involved by co-ordinating then documenting a canoe-related event in your area. Register your event on the Canoe Museum Website and share your participation with a photo, video or blog. A visit to the Website provides suggestions of how participants in the past have celebrated the canoe, a symbol of our Canadian heritage.

The website also provides an activity for campers to have fun while learning about three of the unique craft on display at the museum in Peterborough, Ontario: a kayak from the Hudson Bay area, a dugout from British Columbia and an Ojibway birch bark canoe. You may download a template for campers to make their own model craft from card stock and then float or race their creation.

The Canadian Canoe Museum welcomes members and donors and offers a unique Adopt a Canoe program.


Posted on April 12, 2011 by spreston

By Barb & Peter Gilbert

An urban family centre is celebrating its Centenary in 2011. While researching old records, they discovered that the centre operated a summer camp from 1918 to 1970 at a prominent Canadian family’s lake shore vacation estate, and that one member of the family had been the main sponsor and driving force behind the camp for most of its existence. That was all they knew.

They asked us to help them find out more about this camp.

There was no record of the camp being a member of the provincial camping association.  There was nothing in the Camping Collections at the Trent University Archives (in Peterborough, Ontario).

We called a good friend who is on the board of a foundation created by a family with the same name and in a similar business.

Sometimes you get lucky.

He and his brother are descendants. They both remember the camp, although they were not involved in it. They gave permission to contact the archivist researching their family history, and directed us to records in the city archives on the family, their business and their charitable work.

From these sources the committee was able to access a broad range of significant records. The archivist also recalled seeing some old movies, photos and memorabilia somewhere. A search for them in the family centre building finally turned up a box hidden at the back of a “dead storage” closet. It was all there, including, annual movies of the campers and the camp, from grainy black and white of the 1920’s, all the way to Super-8 colour of the 1960’s. These by themselves are an archival and heritage treasure. Fortunately for the family centre people today, forty years ago, when the camp closed, somebody decided to save all that old stuff.

Their camp will now be remembered and documented in activities and displays, so that everyone participating in the Centennial celebrations can discover the history and heritage of the camp that was once part of the family centre.

The best part for future camping history researchers is that the committee has volunteered to copy all the material they collect and contribute it to the Trent Archives when the celebrations are over.

This long gone camp, which opened during the pioneering era of organized children’s camping, has now yielded a wealth of archival material that will be very valuable in illuminating the early history of camping in Canada.

The records of your camp that you save today could also have historical importance forty years from now.

You can reach Barb and Peter by phone (613-475-1689) or email (


Posted on April 5, 2011 by spreston

Every camp in Canada, including those that planted in summer 2009 and 2010, is invited to plant trees on their property with their campers this summer.  Andrea Koehle Jones, Executive Director of the Charitree Foundation, will arrange delivery of free seedlings to each province.  To learn more about the program check and

By Monday May 2, 2011 please inform your Provincial CCA/ACC Board Representative by email how many trees (from 40 to 800) you will plant with your campers and staff within two weeks of delivery.

British Columbia                        Pam Chater (
Alberta                                      Kathy Koehler (
Saskatchewan                          Donna Wilkinson (
Manitoba                                   Bob Wiebe (
Ontario                                      Dave Graham (
Québec                                      Tanya Desrochers (
New Brunswick                         Stéphane Richard (
Nova Scotia /Prince Edward Island         Roxy Peterson (
Newfoundland and Labrador     Malcolm Turner (

Seedlings in compact packages of 20 seedlings (roots and soil wrapped in plastic) are transported in boxes. Fifteen hundred seedlings easily fit into the trunk of a car. Seedlings can be stored in a cool place for up to two weeks before planting.  The seedlings are sourced in the province and are therefore suitable for growing conditions in that province.

In mid-June, the Charitree Foundation will pay for delivery to one central location in each province  chosen by the provincial representative.  Prior to submitting their order, representatives will confirm this location with all participating camps. Your provincial representative will inform you of the exact delivery date.  Camps will arrange for pick up or delivery of the trees.  CAMPS ARE REPONSIBLE FOR ANY DELIVERY CHARGES BEYOND THE CENTRAL LOCATION.

Each camp confirms the receipt of seedlings through an email to Andrea using a form that will be forwarded by your provincial representative.  It is essential that these forms reach Andrea promptly as they are necessary for her charitable records.

Thousands of campers across the country have experienced the joy and satisfaction of planting their own tree to help save our planet.  This summer, include your campers and together we will make a difference!