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Cross-Country Legislative and Regulatory Survey

Posted on October 20, 2016 by Mike Stewart

Tactix, a government affairs and public relations company working on behalf of Canadian camps, provided their inaugural legislative and regulatory survey to the Canadian Camping Association (CCA) at the October 20 Board meeting.

This report outlines all publicly known proposed legislation, regulation and government policies which may have an impact on Canadian camp operators. Tactix scanned for new proposed legislation, regulation and policy at the federal and provincial levels.

Read the Canadian Camping Association Cross-Country Legislative and Regulatory Survey.

Webinar – Managing challenging camper behavior

Posted on April 8, 2016 by Mike Stewart

The International Camping Fellowship is happy to announce a special opportunity, made possible by Markel Insurance and the Educational Alliance between ICF and the American Camp Association, for a free webinar with Bob Ditter on Tuesday, April 19, 1:00 p.m. EST, and you are invited!  The webinar will be presented in English.

Managing Challenging Camper Behavior

Learn new ways to work with challenging camper behavior. This highly practical webinar will provide you with simple and effective ways to work with children who struggle making the adjustment to camp life.

In this webinar you will learn:

  • Identify possible challenging camper behaviors BEFORE camp.
  • When to put a camper “on an agreement” prior to camp.
  • Critical knowledge for working with ADHD campers, including medication guidelines.
  • Techniques for working with campers who are impulsive, disorganized or resist counselors’ guidance.
  • Techniques for working with girls struggling to form a cohesive group.

The “prognostic indicators” that guide your decision about continuing to work with a camper versus sending them home.

Bob Ditter is a highly-recognized child, adolescent, and family therapist from Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He is a nationally recognized trainer and consultant for organizations that work with young people. He has been called “camping’s most articulate spokesman” because of his work with children’s summer camps since 1982.

Limited registration is now open to ICF members! To reserve your space, click hereSelect ‘Register’ in event status.

ICF extends a big thank you to Markel Insurance for offering this special opportunity to you, and we hope many of you will register!  This is time sensitive!  Register now!

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.

Order from: or contact Mary Casey at

BackCheck Announces an Enhanced Police Information Check for CCA Members

Posted on April 16, 2014 by Mike Stewart

BackCheck.caAll CCA members using the BackCheck service will now receive at their same price, an expanded BackCheck product, which includes the usual Criminal Record Check and in addition, the newly enhanced Local Police Information (LPI) results. This is the most comprehensive check ever delivered by BackCheck.

Rod Piukkala is BackCheck’s representative for Canadian camps. You can reach him by phone (647 981 5133) or email (

For more information, please download this information sheet on the Enhanced Police Information Check.

Honouring Dr. Troy Glover

Posted on December 9, 2013 by Mike Stewart

At the recent National Leadership Forum of camping professionals from across Canada, CCA presented Dr. Troy Glover, Associate Professor, Director of the Healthy Communities Research Network, University of Waterloo, with the Jack Pearse Award of Honour.

Dr. Glover directed the six-year study, the Canadian Summer Camp Research Project, which proves the great benefits of camp for children and youth. In the final phase of the research, parents confirmed that the proven benefits extend beyond camp.

For a complete report of the study, please click here.

Dr. Stephen Fine, CCA Research Chair, discusses the findings in this ACA article.

Mark Your Calendar!

Posted on November 11, 2013 by Mike Stewart

On May 19-22, 2014 in Toronto, Active Healthy Kids Canada is presenting the 2014 Global Summit on the Physical Activity of Children, The Power to Move Kids. This event will bring together leading researchers and practitioners to address the growing childhood physical inactivity crisis.

Register now  to receive your summit e-invitation and future communications on important details.

ICF Seeking Research Presenters

Posted on October 29, 2013 by Mike Stewart

The International Camping Fellowship has issued a Call for Research Presenters for the International Camping Congress in Antalya, Turkey in October 2014.

For more information, including guidelines, please click here.

International Camping Congress 2014 Antalya Turkey Canadian Camping Association

International Camping Congress 2014 – Antalya, Turkey

Posted on October 7, 2013 by Mike Stewart

The NEXT International Camping Congress (ICC) is being held in Turkey in 2014! .

Be sure to bookmark the ICC 2014 website to keep up-to-date with information. There is already some TERRIFIC information about this exciting event posted on the ICC 2014 website.

Pre- and Post-Congress events are expected to include opportunities to tour the rich cultural heritage of Turkey as well as participate in specialized and specific training and business opportunities that are unique to International Camping Congresses.

The Congress itself takes place at a beautiful resort located on the magical shores of the Mediterranean Sea.

Start planning now for a Congress like every other AND like no other!International Camping Congress 2014 Antalya Turkey Canadian Camping Association

Dr. Stephen Fine, CCA Chair of Research, Published in ACA Camping Magazine

Posted on September 9, 2013 by Mike Stewart

Dr. Stephen Fine,
Research Chair

“Parents can be one of our best barometers for measuring the success or failure of camp programming, staffing, and associated experiences for our campers,” writes CCA Research Chair Dr. Stephen Fine in the September/October 2013 issue of Camping Magazine.

Dr. Fine’s article, “Parent Study Suggests Strategies for Effective Use of Camp Research” presents the results of the final phase of the Canadian Summer Camp Research Project. He then suggests ways for camp directors to share significant camping research with parents to educate and encourage them to consider camp for their child.

“Overall, parents reported that positive changes in attitudes and behaviors continued or were maintained after camp,” writes Dr. Fine.

You can read the full article by clicking here.

Award Winning Camp Nurses’ Book Available

Posted on May 15, 2013 by Mike Stewart