On Sunday September 15, 2013, hundreds of members of the camping community gathered at Camp Tawingo near Huntsville, Ontario to celebrate the remarkable life of Jack Pearse.
When grey skies and the threat of rain dictated an indoor venue rather than the outdoor chapel setting, hundreds of Camp Tawingo alumni, camping colleagues, friends and family packed the spacious Tawingo dining hall. The large crowd from toddlers to seniors listened, laughed and sang accompanied by the Boys’ Camp Band. We heard Jack’s children, grandchildren, current campers, present and former camp staff and University of Waterloo colleagues describe the many and varied accomplishment of “The Great Chief’s” eighty-seven years. From their own unique perspective, each speaker shared interesting and inspiring stories of Jack’s personal and professional life revealing his profound influence on each of them. Jack’s younger son, Mike, “the Pretty Good Chief” began, “Today we hold Council to remember, honour and celebrate the full and extraordinary life of Jack Pearse…Jack’s life mattered to all of us and to thousands of others the world over.”
We learned that Jack founded Camp Tawingo fifty-three years ago. His marriage to his wife Helen spanned sixty-four years. His daughter, Judy, told us that two days into the start of a university term, Jack knew the name of all seventy students in his class. As a song-leader, he shared the stage with Peter and Paul (Mary was home sick!) and performed for Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip and First Lady, Nancy Regan. Songs that he taught in the Ukraine twenty years ago are still sung today by young Russian campers.
Jack served as the President of the Ontario Camps Association, the Canadian Camping Association, the Association of Independent Camps, the Canadian Chapter of YMCA Retirees and as Chair of the International Camping Fellowship. In addressing Jack’s contribution to camping internationally, John Jorgenson shared Jack’s challenge to camping leaders “to take camping out into the world and give of ourselves freely and often.” For our own camps are strong and successful when all camps are successful. May all camps continue to grow strong as all campers strive to follow Jack’s outstanding example and keep singing Jack’s songs.
Let there always be a song, a song down in your heart
Let there always be a song a song down in your heart
When you sing you say like is good today
So keep singing till we meet again.
We are proud to announce the recipients of two significant awards presented by the CCA for the 2012 season.
Please consider nominating a deserving camping leader in your province to receive a CCA 2013 Award. Any member of CCA, including individuals, may submit an online nomination by the October 31, 2013 deadline.
For Outstanding Service to the National Organization
Dr. Troy Glover, Associate Professor, Director of the Healthy Communities Research Network, University of Waterloo, directed the six-year study, The Canadian Summer Camp Research Project, which proved the great benefits of camp for children and youth. The results of this lengthy research give credence to the camping industry.
For many years, Brian Ward Hall of BackCheck educated and worked with camping leaders and financially supported the camping industry.
For outstanding contributions within a province
For over twenty years, Kim Scherger, past Board member of the Manitoba Camping Association, has served as Executive Director of Luther Village with passion and commitment. Under her capable leadership the camp has grown while she has mentored countless campers, staff and volunteers.
Kim Coursey has been on the staff of Red Rock Camp since 1979; he is currently the Executive Director. Kim has served on the Board of Christian Camping International and has served the Manitoba Camping Association in many capacities.
Since 1988, Directors Lyle and Beverley Beswitherick have devoted their lives to Circle Square Ranch in Austin, Manitoba. As a dynamic team, they have improved the camp and served the campers and staff with love, care and compassion. They have served on the Manitoba Camping Association Board of Directors and in other capacities related to the Standards and Accreditation program, and the Sunshine Fund.
In 1976, Arthur Lowen and friend, Dave Griffin, shared a vision of bringing together the leaders of the Christian Camps in British Columbia. What began with a conference in 1977 developed into the founding of the Fellowship of Christian Camps of British Columbia in 1997 and annual conferences since the first one in 1977. Since 1997, Arthur, now a retired high school mathematics teacher, has served on the executive of the Fellowship of Christian Camps of BC as well as several other camp boards.
John Jorgenson of Camp Tawingo (Huntsville, ON) was recently elected the incoming President-Elect of the International Camping Fellowship.
“Jorgi” is a former President of the CCA, and has served as a long time volunteer and Board member with the ICF and Ontario Camps Association.
“Parents can be one of our best barometers for measuring the success or failure of camp programming, staffing, and associated experiences for our campers,” writes CCA Research Chair Dr. Stephen Fine in the September/October 2013 issue of Camping Magazine.
Dr. Fine’s article, “Parent Study Suggests Strategies for Effective Use of Camp Research” presents the results of the final phase of the Canadian Summer Camp Research Project. He then suggests ways for camp directors to share significant camping research with parents to educate and encourage them to consider camp for their child.
“Overall, parents reported that positive changes in attitudes and behaviors continued or were maintained after camp,” writes Dr. Fine.
You can read the full article by clicking here.