Archive for January, 2013

Get On Board!

Posted on January 29, 2013 by CCA Communications Committee


Sincere thanks to the 50 camps that have already provided their 2012 business results!

Now we need YOU to add your information to CCA’s simple, short, confidential survey.

English language survey:

French language survey:


The International Camping Fellowship’s Global Citizenship Study will continue throughout the 2013 summer season.

We encourage YOUR CAMP to participate in this last phase of the study! Please join camps from around the world in providing global citizenship education for your campers and staff.

Our goal is to have camps from every province represented in this survey.

Please contact CCA National Research Committee Chair Stephen Fine ( for more information.

The Bondar Challenge Goes National!

Posted on January 22, 2013 by Catherine Ross

In summer 2012, The Roberta Bondar Foundation (RBF) partnered with the CCA in a successful pilot project to launch the Bondar Challenge in Ontario camps.

In 2013, all camps across Canada will have the opportunity to participate in the Bondar Challenge, a unique environmental photography program.

Capturing an image in their summer camp environment that relates to some aspect of biodiversity, participants interpret the artistic and scientific components of the photograph that they have taken in a written Artist’s Statement, challenging their imagination and creativity.

The RBF is dedicated to environmental education that “stimulates interest, excitement, creativity and responsibility by infusing art in science and science in art.”

Full details to participate in the Challenge will follow in the spring.

BackCheck and TELUS, a Winning Partnership!

Posted on January 15, 2013 by Catherine Ross

By Catherine Ross, Communications Officer

BackCheck - background service checks for summer camps - Canadian Camping AssociationIn 2012, BackCheck processed a total of 3,072 criminal record checks (CRC) for 128 camps and camping associations across the country.  This volume represents an increase of 485 checks over 2011.  Of the total, 4.5% were deemed “not clear”, which speaks to the gravity of this important step in a camp’s hiring process.

Not only does BackCheck provide a necessary, efficient, paperless, economical service to our camps, BackCheck also contributes $2.00 for every CRC submitted back to CCA/ACC to help us do our work.  In turn CCA/ACC contributes $1.00 back to the provincial camping associations for each check originating in their province.   Everybody gains!

This year, we have even more to celebrate.  Thanks to the efforts of Brian Ward-Hall, the CCA/ACC Account Executive at BackCheck, BackCheck forged a partnership with TELUS. TELUS contributes $5.00 to each provincial camping  association for every BackCheck CRC originating in their province.  The total amount is designated to send children with disabilities or financial need to camp.  TELUS’s generous contribution of $15,360 from 2012 will send hundreds of campers to Canadian camps in 2013.  We are grateful to BackCheck and TELUS for their generous support in 2012 totaling $21,504 in providing the means for many more children to benefit from a great Canadian camp experience.

Giving a child the gift of a camp experience begins with a camp choosing to use the services of BackCheck. Contact Brian Ward-Hall as you begin the 2013 staff hiring process.  You will be well served and a new camper will be smiling!

Your New Year’s Gift from CCA

Posted on January 8, 2013 by Mike Stewart

CCA has launched its new website for camp parents and camp professionals with thanks and appreciation for the expertise of Preston Chuhon of and the volunteer commitment of Mike Stewart and his committee.

Parents can learn about the benefits of camp then quickly and easily access every camp in Canada by clicking on the provincial associations.

Camp leaders have easy access to all the news, information, research and promotions to help you do a better job.

Open, enjoy, and share with your parents and staff!