In January 2017, Mark Diamond, Chair of the CCA Advocacy Committee, convened a cross-Canada conference call. The participants were: Bronco Cathcart (BC), David Godwin (SK) Jonathan Nyquist (ON), Dara Kahne (day camp director ON), Jacqui Raill (QC), Stephane Richard and John Savage (NB), and Dave Graham (NS).
They discussed minimum wage (now mandatory in some provinces for camp staff), the Early Years Act (a challenge for day camps in Ontario), and the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (an ongoing concern for camps across the country). Four times a year, this committee will convene to discuss issues that all provinces should be aware of so that we can be prepared and understand the legal changes across the country. As a result of this sharing of information, this committee will decide what particular issue(s) should be proactively worked on from a lobbying or government relations perspective. On two of these calls, the Government Relations consultant who has been hired by CCA, Allan Young of Tactix, will report on current concerns and updates of all pending and prospective legislative changes across each province and federally.
We are indebted to this group of camp professionals who are working on our behalf to be proactive rather than reactive to government policy and legislative changes.
In 2016, twenty-six camps across the country and thousands of campers participated in the Summer Camp Bondar Challenge. With direction form trained staff (training material available online), they took their cameras outdoors to explore, observe, appreciate, and photograph nature.
In 2006 we entered into a partnership with Sterling Talent Solutions (myBackCheck) to provide camps across Canada with a convenient, secure and timely solution for completing criminal record checks. Over the years camp directors have relied upon myBackCheck to assist them in hiring the best camp staff. These checks are completed on-line with results direct to the authorized camp administrator within 24 hours.
Sterling Talent Solutions donates $2.00 to the CCA for every paid request performed for any member camp. In turn, the CCA returns $1.00 to the Provincial Camping Association for every check submitted from the province. Sterling Talent Solutions has processed thousands of requests for Canadian camps.
Linda Ferens is the dedicated myBackCheck representative for CCA members. If your camp would like to utilize this service or request additional information please reach out to Linda directly at: email@example.com.
Camp Nursing – Circles of Care is written by Mary Casey, BScN PHN, an experienced camp nurse and award-winning author.
This handy, comprehensive, reference book includes an extensive chapter, Treatment Guidelines, which includes accepted procedures on illness and accidents. The content and principles presented in apply to all camps.