Archive for March, 2019

Youth Impact Study

Posted on March 22, 2019 by CCA Communications Committee

In the Fall of 2018 findings from the American Camp Association/Canadian Camping Association Youth Impact Study were presented at the National Leadership Forum Moncton, NB.

The project’s aims and methods aligned with the National Research Council’s work on college and career readiness, which means that reports on the results of this project will help position camp within the broader context of youth development programs.

Funding for the Canadian version of the project was generously provided by the following: Alberta Camping Association – $15,000.00, Saskatchewan Camping Association – $6000.00, Ontario Camps Association – $5000.00, and The Society of Camp Directors – $1335.00 (1st of 3 installments).

The final report is available for download.

Congratulations to the 2018 CCA Award Winners!

Posted on March 18, 2019 by CCA Communications Committee

The Canadian Camping Association is pleased to announce three recipients of the 2018 CCA Awards: Catherine Ross (Ron Johnstone Lifetime Achievement Award), Neita Avery (Award of Excellence), and Valery Kostin (Special Recognition Award – Honorary CCA Membership).


Ron Johnstone Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient (2018)

Catherine has a long history as a leader in Canadian camping, and she has left a legacy of meaningful work that has impacted campers, staff, and camp professionals across the country in profound ways.

Significantly, Catherine was the first Communications Officer of the CCA, and volunteered in that role for nine years. As Communications Officer, Catherine pioneered the correspondence with camps across the country once the internet, email, websites, and social media became methods of communicating. As a CCA Board member Catherine also spearheaded the successful tree planting program, which has seen over 100,000 trees planted since its inception by hundreds of campers at dozens of camps across Canada.

Catherine is a founding Board member of Kids In Camp charity, and continues to sit on the KIC Board as Campership Chair. Catherine is a renowned author, having written books that highlight the history of several private camps in Ontario, and she also published the popular staff training resource “How to be a Camp Counsellor…the best job in the world!”.

Catherine was a member of the 1994 International Camping Congress Program Committee that welcomed camping professionals from 32 countries to Canada. She is an Honourary Life Member of the Ontario Camps Association, is a past OCA Board member, was a long-time OCA standards committee member and visitor, and volunteered on the OCA Archives Committee. Catherine is a past Chair of the OCA Conference Committee, and she has been, and continues to be, an active committee member. Catherine is also a former President and Board member of the Society of Camp Directors.

As anyone who has sat on a Board or committee with Catherine can attest, she tirelessly volunteers to take minutes of any meeting, any time. Catherine was a camper and long-time staff member at Camp Tanamakoon in Algonquin Park in Ontario.

She and her husband George purchased Camp Mi-A-Kon-Da near Parry Sound, Ontario in 1979, where Catherine was Camp Director for 20 years.


Award of Excellence (2018)

Neita served Rock Lake United Church Camp (RLUCC) in Manitoba for over 20 years as secretary / treasurer, board chair, and board member. There is nobody more dedicated to the success of RLUCC than Neita. She has been the face of the camp for as long as many people can remember.

Neita is willing to do anything it takes to make camp a success. As she soon approaches her 90th birthday, she can still be found walking through the crawlspace to turn on the walk-in cooler or collecting water to send for testing. She mows lawns, bakes cookies, arranges camperships, and recruits counsellors. The list of what she has done and will do for the camp is endless.

Neita is constantly thinking about the camp and what more she can do to promote it. She is never seen without a handful of RLUCC brochures in her purse, and she is always talking to people about the camp. She has arranged for fundraisers, new equipment, grants, and so much more. She has done it all with a smile on her face, and if you try to give her credit where it is definitely due, she brushes it off.

This year, Neita has been pretty firm in her decision to leave the role she has served so faithfully for so many years. There is no better way to conclude her time at RLUCC than to honour her with this award, and it couldn’t go to a sweeter, more dedicated woman.


Special Recognition Award – Honorary CCA Membership (2018)

Since his first appearance on the North American camping scene in 1990 , Valery Kostin has been a friend to Canada. As a camp director of Diamond Camp in the huge Soviet camping complex known as Artek, and as a product of the camping system there himself, Valery brought to North America his communication skills, his enthusiasm and his knowledge to enrich us all about a wider world of camping. The special friendship between the camp communities in Canada and Russia is due, in large part, to his role as permanent, goodwill ambassador.

Since that time, Valery has brought delegations of campers, staff and directors to Canadian camps and conferences for sharing and knowledge. In 1994, as a member of the International Camping Fellowship (and again in 2008) , Valery led the largest delegation from outside North America to the International Camping Congresses in Toronto and Quebec. Later, in Russia, in both 1997 and 2017, Valery was the driving force behind as well as the charming face in front of the International Congresses in St Petersburg and Sochi.

Valery has spoken at several provincial conferences in Canada and brought along additional Russian camping leaders and delegations to do the same. In recent summers, he has also assisted numerous camps to secure excellent international staff into their camps.  For any camping professional travelling to Russia, Valery manages to somehow clear his schedule and provide first class, personal attention and assistance in trip details and goes the extra mile to provide additional enhancements.

“From Russia with Love” is often a byline quoted by Valery. It is more than just a phrase – – –  Valery provides the very best demonstration of the fact that one person can make a difference. He has done so for camping in Canada and his love of peace, friendship and international understanding is evident in everything he does. Canada and Russia share more than a love of winter, a love of camping and a love of children. We also share Valery – – – a Russian with love.

CCA-ChariTREE: 10 TREE-mendous years together

Posted on March 15, 2019 by CCA Communications Committee

The ChariTREE Foundation just completed their 10th TREE-mendous year planting trees with Canadian Camping Association!

“Thanks to all CCA campers, staff and volunteers and of course the remarkable Catherine Ross, my mentor from Camp Mi-A-Kon-Da ~ who all worked together to plant thousands of trees across Canada over the last ten summers,” said Andrea Koehle Jones, Founder, The ChariTree Foundation.

She says she plans to take a break from this project to dig into a few new national and international kids climate action, food and water development projects by partnering with a new bigger charity she will help launch in 2019.

In the past ten years, more than 100,000 children (closer to 119,000) had the opportunity to plant a tree at a summer camp across Canada, participating in a ground-breaking national children’s environmental education project.

“Thank you again for this great initiative. Wonderful idea, and a hit with our campers,” said Miles Villneff, Assistant Director, Onondaga Camp, Toronto.

This hands-on project was a fun way to get kids outside, teach them to plant trees and care about something beyond themselves. “I’m so happy kids had the opportunity to learn more about trees and their contribution in the world,” Koehle Jones said. “I love projects that educate and empower kids to know that they can help make the world a better place. I am thankful for CCA’s support and all camp staff that helped out ~ and I’m especially proud of every child that planted a tree.”

“It is amazing to see seedlings that we had planted two years ago thriving and growing all over our property,” said- Meg Doherty, Camp Ekon, Rosseau.

Next Steps

Instead of offering trees to camps in 2019,  The ChariTree Foundation is expanding its environmental education reach by will  be helping to send kids to camps and schools with environmental education programs.

ChariTree is already helping to send inner city classes to Camp Kawartha’s outdoor learning programs and sending campers who can’t afford camp to other Canadian environmental education camps. 

Contact The ChariTREE Foundation if your camp or school offers outdoor learning, tree planting, or environmental education programs and is a REGISTERED CANADIAN CHARITY. ChariTree can only donate to other registered Canadian charities.

Remembering Joe Kronick

Posted on March 11, 2019 by CCA Communications Committee

It is with sadness that we share the news of Joe Kronick’s passing.

Joe was the founder and long time Director of Camp White Pine in Haliburton, Ontario. Joe was a recipient of the Ron Johnstone Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016, in recognition of his significant contributions to CCA and camps in Canada. He was an active member of the CCA Insurance Committee, and was a driving force behind the insurance policies that are now available to camps across the country.

In remembering Joe, his family wrote:

Today we lost the heart and soul of White Pine. Since 1956, Joe Kronick lived and breathed camp. He filled it with love and life, creating the most magical place for thousands of people to call home. For a man who was larger than life he created a legacy that spans generations.

We will always remember Joe for the impact he’s had on so many, but even more so we will remember him for the kind, loving and funny grandfather he was to us.

Joe, even though you are no longer with us, White Pine will forever hold the love that you had for it. You will always be the heart of White Pine and every time we walk past a Buffalo, we promise we will pick it up.

Jesse, Sammy, Gabby, Eugene and Taylor

Empatico: a FREE program for your camp!

Posted on March 5, 2019 by CCA Communications Committee

Connect your campers with other campers from around the world this summer!

The Canadian Camping Association is pleased to introduce Empatico for Camps, a free online tool that provides Canadian camps with opportunities to be matched with camps in the United States and Mexico.

The goal of Empatico is for campers to see how their peers around the world live, and to share and celebrate their lives and communities.It’s FREE to sign up, and easy to bring to your camp! All you need is an internet connection and a device with a camera.

Learn more about Empatico