In mid June 2015, the Town Council of Sundridge, Ontario, (population 1.000) called upon Camp Director, Jocelyn Palm, for help. She obliged.
The Sundridge Council knew that Jocelyn Palm, the Director of Glen Bernard Camp, was the former Executive Director of the Lifesaving Society. The town, located on the shores of Lake Bernard, despite limited funds and resources, wanted to provide a swim instruction program for its young residents. Joc agreed to work with the Council and provide instructors for two classes to run every weekday morning for two-week sessions repeated three times over the summer. The $30 fee per participant would go into the village revenues.
Each morning, the camp van transported the camp swim instructors the six kilometres to the town beach. The group returned to camp by lunch. One of the Counselor in Training Coordinators accompanied the qualified instructors drawn from a pool of thirty-three CITS. The town children benefitted while the CITs enjoyed the satisfaction of giving back to the local community by sharing a skill that they had acquired at camp.
Could your Provincial Association use $2000 to fund a speaker for a meeting of camping leaders in your province?
Suggest the name of a speaker that you would benefit from hearing to your Provincial Association and urge them to apply to the Society of Camp Directors Bruno Morawetz Speaker Sponsorship.
Deadline for applications February 15, 2016.
Since 2013 when the partnership between the CCA and the Roberta Bondar Foundation began, over fifty camps in six provinces have participated in the Summer Camp Bondar Challenge. Eleven of these camps have participated in all three years and hundreds of campers are now connecting in new ways to the diverse natural environments at their camps. The Foundation welcomes returning camps for summer 2016 and encourages new participants to join this exciting program.
The judging of hundreds of submissions is now in progress and the 2015 winners will soon be announced.
The Bondar Challenge allows campers to slow down from their usual fast pace and really connect with nature — what camp is all about!
– Camp Kanannaq, YMCA of Northern BC, British Columbia
From the Ontario Camps Association:
Joanne Kates, Director of Camp Arowhon and author of many articles for The Globe & Mail, wrote an article which was posted online called, “Why being a camp counsellor is great training for becoming a prime minister” (April 22, 2013). This article highlighted that Canada’s new Prime Minister Elect, Justin Trudeau, gained his leadership skills from his experiences at camp. Joanne’s newest article written Tuesday, October 27th reinforces the important role camp played in the Prime Minister Elect’s path in becoming our nation’s leader.
To read Joanne’s article, please click on the following link:
On behalf of the Ontario Camps Association, the Board of Directors and Members, we would like to thank Joanne for sharing her expertise in highlighting the value of a camp experience to Canadians across our wonderful country.
ICF members and friends are invited to join us February 9-12, 2016, at the Hilton Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia, for the 2016 American Camp Association Annual Conference. There will be an International Hospitality Room throughout the Conference, a special reception recognizing international attendees, and a session for international attendees to share games and activities from their countries. Click for full information and registration.
February 7-9, 2016
This tour of Georgia youth programs, camps, and local attractions is open to everyone and will include, in addition to sightseeing, facilitated discussions of camp and youth programs in the US and around the world. Special activities and meals are planned to represent local culture and foods. The tour registration fee of $165 includes transportation, admission fees, snacks, and four meals. Participants are asked to make their own arrangements for accommodations at the Hyatt Place Airport South by clicking here, for a special group rate of $99 plus tax, per night. The group will meet each morning at the tour hotel for transportation to the scheduled sites, returning to the tour hotel each evening. On Feb. 9, participants will be transported to the Hilton Atlanta for the ACA Conference. Register with ACA by clicking here or contact Linda Pulliam for further information.