Archive for February, 2016

Camp Nursing – Circles of Care

Posted on February 28, 2016 by Mike Stewart

Mary Casey Camp Nursing Circles of CareCamp Nursing-Circles of Care is a popular and useful resource for camp nurses across the country.

Written by experienced camp nurse and award-winning author, Mary Casey BScN PHN, Camp Nursing-Circles of Care gives an overview of the multi-facetted job of a camp nurse. Spiral-bound for convenient reference, the book includes fifty pages of Treatment Guidelines, the accepted procedures for illness and accidents. The content and the principles presented are applicable to all camps.

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Call for Papers: 2016 Canadian Camping Research Award of Excellence

Posted on February 21, 2016 by Catherine Ross

This annual award, the Canadian Camping Research Award of  Excellence, recognizes and celebrates excellence in research and writing  that makes a significant contribution to the body of knowledge relevant to  organized camping in Canada. It encourages graduate students, faculty and  independent scholars from any academic discipline or professional field to  examine issues and or practicalities of the camp industry from a social, educational, economic, technological, political, natural and/or  organizational perspective.

Camp Directors, please share this announcement with interested current or  former staff.

Canadian Camp Nurse Receives International Recognition

Posted on February 15, 2016 by CCA Communications Committee

Congratulations to Bev Unger of Camp Robin Hood (Ontario), recipient of the Association of Camp Nurses Camp Nurse of the Year Award.

The ACN, founded by Jeanne Otto, has its national office in Fisherville, Kentucky. This award recognizes a camp nurse’s significant contribution to a camp’s health and wellness status.

Bev received her award at the ACN Symposium on February 9, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. Well done, Bev!

ChariTREE Foundation 2016 Tree Planting Program

Posted on February 8, 2016 by Catherine Ross

Charitree Foundation Canadian Camping Association Photos 3For the eighth year, CCA partners with Andrea Koehle Jones, Executive Director of the ChariTREE Foundation, to offer free seedlings to all Canadian camps. Reports show that this program has helped to replenish diseased and burned forests, beautify sites, create future privacy walls and wind protection while inspiring young campers.

This program is open to all Canadian camps, including those that planted trees in previous years. Given the known benefits to camps and campers, we urge all camps to join the program in a big or small way.


By April 8, 2016, contact your provincial representative (listed below) and place your order including the number of trees and the location where they will be planted.

You may chose to plant between 40 and 800 trees. Andrea accesses the trees from nurseries in each province; therefore, the seedlings are suitable for growing conditions in your province.

The trees are packed in packages of 20 in cardboard boxes.


You will be notified by your representative precisely when (the date will be within the last two weeks of June) and where the trees are available for pick up in your province. Andrea’s commitment is to deliver the total order for each province to one location, which is chosen by the provincial representative. Your representative will notify each participating camp of this location prior to submitting your order.

Each camp is responsible for collecting their order from this location or pre-arranging to pay for delivery to their campsite. Andrea has found that Greyhound bus is the least expensive way to ship seedlings. If you do not receive your seedlings on the expected date, please notify your provincial representative.

The trees may be stored in a dark, cool location for a maximum of two weeks before planting.

As a participating camp, you agree to:

  • Go online promptly and acknowledge the receipt of their trees directly to Andrea. Andrea needs this information to satisfy her donors that their contribution is being used wisely and assists her in seeking future donations. To access the ChariTREE Camp Feedback Form visit: . (Camps that do not meet this obligation will forgo the opportunity to access free trees in future years).
  • Plant trees with your campers within two weeks.
  • Water the seedlings if the weather is dry.

For more information on Andrea Koehle Jones and the ChariTREE Foundation see

Provincial Representatives

British Columbia, Yukon, NWT, Nunavut
Andrea Koehle Jones (

Ted Lockie (

Donna Wilkinson (

Liz Kovach (

Jen Gilbert (

Christine Martin (

New Brunswick
John Savage (

Nova Scotia & Prince Edward Island
Derek Mitchell (

Newfoundland and Labrador
Malcolm Turner (

Upcoming International Events

Posted on February 3, 2016 by CCA Communications Committee

The International Camping Fellowship shared information about several upcoming educational events for Camp Directors and staff.

ICF Atlanta- February 7-9, 2016 “Exciting and Innovative”

NEXT WEEK! We are delighted many of you are joining us for a tour of Georgia youth programs, camps, and local attractions. We are welcoming guests from Japan, Canada, Russia, Mongolia, Nigeria, Liberia, China, Hungary, Ireland and more! Participants will be staying at the Hyatt Place Airport South. The group will meet each morning at the Hyatt Place and returneach evening. Included are special activities plus meals planned to represent local culture and foods. YUM! GET ready for FUN and learning.

ACA National Conference! February 9-12 “Envision!”

NEXT WEEK, after the tour, we join in the next awesome opportunity of the 2016 ACA National Conference! This is the premier event for youth development professionals, offering 150 amazing sessions and keynotes and events. ACA Conference Headquarters are hosted in the Hilton Atlanta.

In addition to the awesome ACA events, below are special reminders for all International Attendees.

  • Tuesday, February 9, 8:00 -9:00 PM- Special International Reception. Trish Bolger, ACA President, invites you to join her and the ACA Board. (Come by the International Room (214) earlier in the day for location of Reception.)
  • Wednesday, February 10, 10:00-11:15 (RM 214) GAMES AND SONGS! Join Dr Gwynn and ICF President Jorgi! Get ready for great fun and fellowship.
  • THE SILENT AUCTION will be in the International Room (214) starting Tuesday until Friday at 9 am. Please bring an item that is easily transported. Stop by often to bid! Proceeds will benefit the ICF Butterfly Fund to support our special projects.

We look forward to seeing everyone who can make it this year. And we will post pictures on our Facebook Page and Facebook Group.

Asia-Oceania Camping Congress-October 28-November 1, 2016-Tokoyo, Japan “Outreach-Camp for a Better Society”

Plan ahead! The 6th AOCC will be held this year in Tokyo, Japan. The National Camping Association of Japan, in cooperation with the Asia Oceania Camping Fellowship and the International Camping Fellowship send you a warm invitation to the Congress. The venue will be the National Olympic Memorial Youth Center. October 28-Nov 1, 2016.

Camp Kodiak – Passing of David Stoch

Posted on February 2, 2016 by CCA Communications Committee

Dave StochIt is with great sadness that the Ontario Camps Association announced on Monday the passing of David Stoch, Director of Camp Kodiak (McKellar, ON). David had been battling cancer for the past few years.

The following information was posted by Benjamin’s Funeral Home on their website:

STOCH, David – Peacefully, on Friday, January 29, 2016 at his home surrounded by his family. Beloved husband of Eleanor. Loving father and father-in-law of Marni and Mark, Ilana and Blake, and Shari and Rick. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Les and the late Ella; and Joyce, Ester, and Jack and Dianne, and brother- in-law of Bernie Chmielash. Devoted grandfather of Sonja, Riana, Talia, Charli, Dani, and Jaxson. Devoted friend of Bob and Helen, and Amanda. Dave will be sadly missed by his nieces, nephews, and his entire Kodiak family. At Benjamin’s Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue West (three lights west of Dufferin) for service on Sunday, January 31st at 1:00 p.m. Interment in the Solel Congregation Section of Pardes Shalom Cemetery. Memorial Donations may be made to the Dr. James Perry Neurology Department c/o The Sunnybrook Hospital Foundation, 416-480-4483. “I’m a better me for the knowing of you.”

2015 Award Winners

Posted on February 1, 2016 by Catherine Ross

The Canadian Camping Association is proud to honour six award winners from four provinces: Melanie Dash, Stephen Green, Mike LeDuc, Patti Sampson, Al Vetter and Maya and Dave Willis.

Award of Excellence

Melanie Dash has been instrumental in revitalizing the camping industry in Nova Scotia and PEI since 2010. As part of her program at Acadia University, she interned at Easter Seals Nova Scotia, creating a new staff manual for the Camp Tidnish program as well as participating in a manual development program at Camp Brigadoon. Through her service, CAMPFire Consulting, she guided Nova Scotian camps in updating their manuals and other documents.

Under Mel’s leadership, Nova Scotia and PEI accreditation systems have become more organized and professional. She also served as the Association’s volunteer Corporate Secretary.
Mel has recently moved on to a full time position with Camp No Limits in Maine where she will continue to impact the camping world on both sides of the border.

Mike LeDuc has made a large contribution to the camping sector in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island over many years as a volunteer supporting the work of CANSPEI and in his employment. Since 2009, Mike has been the full time General Manager of the YMCA’s Big Cove, a camp he attended in his youth.

He has served CANSPEI as a volunteer in several roles: as a Director since 2007, President from 2009 to 2011, Chair of the Nominating Committee and Chair of Training and Education.

Patti Sampson (MacDonald) has made a great contribution to the child and adult residential camping sector in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island over many years, both as a volunteer supporting the work of CANSPEI and as an employee of a number of residential camping organizations in Nova Scotia including YMCA of Greater Halifax and Dartmouth, Nova Scotia’s Department of Community Services and Nova Scotia Easterseals.

Patti has served as a volunteer Director of the Association since 2008 and Vice President since 2011. She has served as Chair of the Membership Committee and the Accreditation Committee. She is a very enthusiastic supporter of residential camping and CANSPEI’s work.

Al Vetter has filled many roles to help Camp Luther (BC) to grow and develop for thirty-five years. He has served on the Board of the BC Camping Association as Treasurer for many years. He mentored his replacement and then temporarily stepped back into the role when the new treasurer had other commitments. His efforts over decades have made Canadian camps better.

Maya and Dave Willis, Directors of Camp Wilvaken (Quebec), have been involved with the ACQ since its inception and for many years have been on the committee dealing with the regulations of summer camps in Quebec. They have also worked on the ACQ annual conference committee.

As a bilingual camp, Wilvaken has had great success in bringing together Francophones and Anglophones as well as international campers. They have translated newsletters for ICF. As members of OCA, they have volunteered to visit OCA camps in Quebec. They work with the Nature Conservancy of Canada to preserve the natural wilderness.

CCA Special Recognition Award

Stephen Green (Ontario) made a significant contribution to resolve a critical international camp staff work permit issue. He gave leadership to support the CCA when the government was reviewing legislation related to international staff working at camp. Under tight timelines and stressful circumstances, Stephen successfully connected with important government decision makers and was able to proactively present the CCA case in order to reach a favourable outcome for member camps. Stephen’s knowledge, experience and guidance were critical in supporting our members who were most directly impacted by this issue.