Announcing the Canadian Camp Research Award of Excellence

Posted on September 8, 2014 by Catherine Ross

The CCA is pleased to announce a new Canadian Camp Research Award of Excellence.

This award encourages research in fields that relate to camping in Canada in its social, economic, technological, political and organizational environments.

Camp Directors, we ask that you please forward this information to staff who may be interested.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, December 12, 2014.

Winning entry(s) will be posted on the CCA website and added to the camping collection of the Trent University Archives.


The annual Award honours and celebrates excellence in research and writing in all academic disciplines relevant to the organized camping movement in Canada.

It encourages graduate students, faculty and independent scholars to become involved in research in fields that relate to camping in its social, economic, technological, political and organizational environments.

It augments the body of research literature electronically accessible world-wide on the CCA Research webpage, and as more durable hard copy in the unique Camping Collections at the Trent University Archives for long term access by future researchers.


At their discretion, the judges may award the “Canadian Camp Research Award of Excellence”, and may award one or more “Canadian Camp Research Award(s) of Merit”.

The judging criteria are the value to camping research in Canada, the depth and breadth of research, the strength of analysis and synthesis, and the quality of scholarly writing.

The Canadian Camp Research Award Committee works at arm’s length from the CCA Board, and the judges’ decisions are final.

An official certificate from CCA will be presented to each winner.


Entries are accepted in English or French.

Send your electronic entry to:

If your entry is hard copy, post it to:

Prof. Peter Gilbert (Chair), 14240 County Road. 2, Brighton, ON, Canada, K0K 1H0
and email us that you have sent it.

THE ENTRY DEADLINE is: Friday, December 12th, 2014.

Past Communications Officer at Canadian Camping Association
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.