[:en]2016 Canadian Camping Association Research Award of Excellence Winner[:fr]Prix d’excellence en recherche 2016 de l’Association des camps du Canada[:]


Mandi Baker, CCARAE Winner (2016)

CCA is pleased to announce that Mandi Baker, PhD, Griffith U AUS, is the 2016 winner of the CCARAE for her doctoral dissertation: Becoming and Being a Camp Counsellor: a study of discourse, power relations and emotions.

Mandi attended camps in Southern Ontario as a camper, counsellor and program director. She obtained a Recreation degree at the University of Waterloo and is currently a lecturer at Torrens University, Blue Mountain International Hotel Management School NSW, Australia.

Mandi writes, “While camp counsellor experiences can be immensely positive opportunities for young people to mature and learn about the needs of others, the emotional demands can create pressures that staff struggle to manage.”

Mandi’s paper challenges camp directors to recognize the emotional, physical and mental demands of a counsellor’s job and to provide the necessary support and understanding.[:fr]

Mandi Baker
lauréate du Prix d’excellence en recherche 2016 de l’ACC

L’ACC est heureuse d’annoncer que Mandi Baker, Ph. D., de Griffith University (AUS), est la lauréate du Prix d’excellence en recherche 2016 de l’ACC, pour sa thèse de doctorat intitulée Becoming and Being a Camp Counsellor: a study of discourse, power relations and emotions.

Mandi a été campeuse, monitrice et directrice de programme dans le sud de l’Ontario. Elle a obtenu un diplôme en récréologie de l’Université de Waterloo et est présentement chargée de cours à l’École de gestion hôtelière internationale Blue Mountain de Torrens University, en Australie.

« Être moniteur dans un camp peut être une expérience immensément positive pour un jeune, écrit-elle. Cela peut l’aider à maturer et à mieux comprendre les besoins des autres. Par contre, la charge émotive qui se rattache au travail du moniteur peut aussi être difficile à gérer ».

La thèse de Mandi appelle les directeurs de camp à reconnaître les exigences du travail des moniteurs sur le plan émotif, physique et mental, et à offrir aux moniteurs un soutien à l’avenant.[:]


About Catherine Ross

Catherine's lifelong love of camping began in 1953 when she accompanied her mother, the new camp cook, to Camp Tanamakoon in Algonquin Park. She remained at Tan until 1978 as a camper and in several staff roles. After five years as a teacher, in 1979, Catherine and her husband George purchased Camp Mi-A-Kon-Da for girls in Parry Sound, Ontario which they owned for 20 years. Catherine has served on the Board of the Ontario Camps Association, and is Past President of the Society of Camp Directors. She is served as Communications Officer on the Board of the CCA, as is a recipient of the CCA's Ron Johnstone Lifetime Achievement Award. She is past editor of Camps Canada, published by the CCA, and the OCAsional News, the newsletter of the OCA. She is the author of four publications. Her articles on camping have appeared in numerous magazines.
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