Archive for September, 2016

Save the Date! 2017 ICF Tour

Posted on September 30, 2016 by CCA Communications Committee

Plan to join the 2017 International Camping Fellowship Sponsored Tour, February 19-21, 2017, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, just prior to the National American Camp Association Conference.

The tour highlighs Albuquerque area youth programs, camps, and local attractions. It is a wonderful opportunity to learn about other programs, meet camp directors, peers, and new friends.

The tour also includes sightseeing, and facilitated discussions of camps and youth programs in the US and around the world. Special activities and meals are planned to represent local culture and foods!

Learn more about the ICF tour and registration.

October 31, 2016 Deadline for CCA Award Nominations

Posted on September 26, 2016 by CCA Communications Committee

It is that time of year when the CCA is asking provincial camping associations, camps and individual members of provincial camping associations to nominate a camp, an organization or an individual for a job well done.

Nominations must be submitted by October 31, 2016 for consideration by the CCA Board and the Awards Committee.

Nominate someone, or learn more about the CCA awards program.

Award of Excellence

The CCA AWARD OF EXCELLENCE is a way of recognizing a person’s contribution to camping within their province. The award is intended to recognize individuals, volunteers, camps, agencies or corporations that have made outstanding (i.e., beyond the norm) contributions within their province.

Jack Pearse Award

The JACK PEARSE AWARD OF HONOUR is presented in recognition of contributions to the CCA and is intended to recognize individuals, camps, agencies or corporations that through their efforts have provided outstanding service to the national organization.

Ron Johnstone Lifetime Achievement Award

The RON JOHNSTONE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD is the CCA way of recognizing outstanding commitment, over a prolonged period of time to the CCA.

Research Award of Excellence

This annual Award honours and celebrates excellence in research and writing that makes a significant contribution to the body of academic literature relevant to the organized camping movement in Canada.

Special Recognition Award

From time to time, at the discretion of the Canadian Camping Association’s Board of Directors, special recognition may be given to those individuals, camps, associations or corporations that have furthered the camping movement and/or made a unique contribution to Canadian camping.

*Please note that all nominations for a camp or an organization must come from an external source.

Passing of Brian Blackstock

Posted on September 14, 2016 by CCA Communications Committee

With sadness we announce the sudden passing of Brian Blackstock on September 9, 2016 at his home in Toronto.

Brain was a true gentleman, a lifelong camper, and a great asset to the camping profession.  He was a longtime member of the Society of Camp Directors and a Past President of the Ontario Camps Association. Brian directed Camp Mazinaw, founded by his father, and had a long association with Kilcoo Camp in Ontario.

He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Upcoming International Camp Directors Courses

Posted on September 13, 2016 by CCA Communications Committee

International Camping FellowshipThe International Camp Directors Course (ICDC) has been developed as a professional development course for camp managers, directors and operators. It is equally valuable for any experienced camp staff professional.

This intensive four day course addresses all aspects of Camp Management in an interactive exchange environment with other members of the camping and outdoor community and builds on skills and learning of both faculty and participants.


Course Date: October 24-28, 2016

Location: National Olympics Memorial Youth Center (Shibuya, Tokyo)
Country: Japan
Cost: $750 USD for ICDC Course, accommodation and meals. Arrival by 2 PM on October 24th. Accommodations available the night of the 23rd for extra cost.

The Course is preceding the Asia Oceania Camping Congress (AOCC) and will be taught in English however, one of the faculty members is fluent in Mandarin.

Learn more or register.


Course Date: November 8-12, 2016

Location: Camp Tawingo, Huntsville, ON Country: Canada

Cost: $500 CDN for ICDC Course, accommodation and meals

Learn more or register.


The curriculum in Australia has been adapted to align with the local industry. The Australian contingent of ICDC Trainers, welcomes International guests to this years course. Please be advised that this course will be conducted in English and will not be translated.


Venue: Maroochy Waterfront Camp, 42 David Lowe Way, Diddillbah QLD 4559

Dates: 25-28 September 2016

Fees (All Fees are in Australian Dollars/AUD):

ACA Member – $1,017.50 (925.00 + GST)

*Affiliate – $1,094.50 (995.00 + GST)

NON-Member – $1,210.00 (1,100.00 + GST)

*Affiliate includes members of Outdoor Recreation Industry Council (ORIC), Queensland Outdoor Recreation Federation (QORF), Rec SA, Christian Venues Association (CVA), Outdoors WA, Outdoors SA, Outdoors VIC.

Learn more or register.