Archive for February, 2012


Posted on February 27, 2012 by spreston

The following remarks delivered by Jane McCutcheon describe Jeff Bradshaw’s exceptional contribution to camping – provincially, nationally and internationally.

You have been the President of CCA/ACC for the past 4 years…

You have sat as a member of the Steering Committee of the International Camping Fellowship since the 1997 Fourth International Camping Congress that was held in St. Petersburg, Russia…

You recently re-vamped and re-created ICF’s structure so that it can remain globally viable and ready to face the future….

You have presented workshops and leadership training programs worldwide on five different continents….

You have visited and spoken at Provincial Camping Association Conferences across this country…

You have spearheaded a Visioning Exercise to help CCA/ACC determine its future….

You have given thousands of hours of volunteer time to promote this great profession we call Camp.

This gentleman standing before you is an incredible leader and mentor to so many young camp professionals. When I think of someone who leads by example, I think of Jeff. When I think of someone who is always there to support, to listen, to offer advice, to give of his time, I think of Jeff.

So, my good friend, Jeff Bradshaw, on behalf of the Board of Directors of the CCA/ACC, on behalf of your friends in BCCA and across our other great Provincial Camping Associations, it is my honour and my privilege to present you with the 2011 Ron Johnstone Lifetime Achievement Award.

OTHER 2011 CCA/ACC Award Winners

Jack Pearse Award of Honour:
Owen Fraser (New Brunswick)

Award of Excellence: 
Andrea Khoehle Jones (National)
RBC Foundation (British Columbia)
The Vancouver Sun & The Province (British Columbia)
David Larsen (Alberta)
Malcolm Turner (Newfoundland & Labrador)

Honorary Membership
Deb Bialeschki (National) 


Posted on February 14, 2012 by spreston

Camp Nursing – Circles of Care by Mary Casey (BScN, PHN, CPHAdmin.), is an overview of the multi-facetted job of the nurse at camp and presents principles that are applicable to all health professionals and to camps with varying combinations of healthcare staff.

Mary, a lifetime camper and camp nurse at several camps in Ontario, initiated a workshop for camp nurses in 1981, which has since run annually in the Toronto area. A permanent health committee of the Ontario Camps Association (OCA) was one logical outcome of this workshop. Mary’s ongoing commitment to camping and nursing earned her an Honorary Life Membership in OCA and the Dorothy Walter Award of Excellence, OCA’s highest volunteer recognition.

Several factors are forcing camps to examine and enhance their health care programs: advances in medical knowledge and technology; legislation to protect safety and privacy, and growing public expectations. Camp Nursing – Circles of Care is a practical, easy-to-use reference for all health care staff working in camps.

The comprehensive content covers a wide range of topics:

1. The Nurse at Camp
2. First Day Health Screening
3. Medications
4. Infection Control
5. Communicable Disease Outbreak
6. Crisis Planning
7. Campers with Special Needs
8. Risk Management
9. Health Records, Recording and Reporting
10. Food Service
11. Out-Trip Health and Safety
12. First Aid

Also included is a 50 page reference section, Treatment Guidelines, containing currently accepted procedures for illness and accidents common to camps.

At little cost, camp directors can provide their health care staff with a practical, informative, easy-to-use, valuable resource to assist in improving the health care program at their camp.

To order your copy today visit


Posted on February 7, 2012 by spreston

From now until March 15th, 2012 the CCA/ACC is once again collecting data on the current fiscally related trends of camps across Canada. Last year’s information has been very useful in responding to media, government and each other with respect to the status of our industry nationally and provincially. It is most important that we continue to compile this information each and every year.

The survey is:
· Confidential and anonymous.
· Short!
· Accessible online.

The results provide us with a record of performance and insight into trends that will allow greater access to resources and a better understanding of our collective needs locally and nationally.

Last year 208 camps responded. This year let’s have this number better represent the 764 member camps of the CCA/ACC. Please complete and return your survey as quickly as possible. Your help is greatly appreciated!

The links to both French and English language versions are provided below: