Camp Directors Report on the 2013 Roberta Bondar ChallengeTémoignanges de directeurs de camp sur le Défi Roberta Bondar 2013

Bondar Challenge Canadian Camping Association

“Hoppin’ Around” by Brianna Ramagnano of Camp Wenonah was the first place winner in the 2013 Bondar Challenge.

In 2013, thirty-two camps across Canada participated in the Roberta Bondar Challenge, a program that encourages an appreciation of nature through photography. All participating directors praised the many benefits of the program for both campers and staff. Visit the Bondar Foundation’s website to view the 2013 winning photos, learn more about this amazing program, and register YOUR camp for 2014.

“The program was a total success…the goal of connecting kids to nature through photography was clearly met. We set up an outdoor evening slide show to showcase the many pictures…these were educating and motivating other campers to participate in 2014. The program provided a tremendous leadership opportunity for three of our staff.” – Jeff Bradshaw, Camp Wenonah

“About 80 campers participated and the benefits were incredible! We found campers asking questions about the small wonders that they were seeing through the camera lens. The resources included with the program are first class and the staff found it a relatively easy program to teach.” – Patti Thom, Camp Tanamakoon

“Canoe tripping and connecting kids with physical disabilities to nature are both key comments in the Camp Awakening program. So when presented with the concept of the Bondar Challenge we jumped at the chance. We are extraordinarily proud of our award winning camper and plan to re-apply in 2014.” – Tracy Morley, Camp Awakening

Bondar Challenge Canadian Camping Association

“Hoppin’ Around” par Brianna Ramagnano, Camp Wenonah

En 2013, 32 camps partout au Canada ont participé au Défi Roberta Bondar, un programme qui met les jeunes en contact avec la nature grâce à la photographie. Les directeurs des camps participants ont salué les nombreux bienfaits du programme tant pour les campeurs que les moniteurs. Rendez-vous au pour visionner les photos gagnantes de 2013, vous renseigner sur cet excellent programme et inscrire VOTRE camp pour 2014 .

Le programme fut une grande réussite. L’objectif de mettre les jeunes en contact avec la nature grâce à la photographie a clairement été atteint. Nous avons organisé une présentation en plein air pour montrer les nombreuses photos prises par les participants, ce qui a donné le goût à plusieurs de participer en 2014. Le programme est aussi une belle occasion de développement du leadership pour trois de nos moniteurs. – Jeff Bradshaw, Camp Wenonah

Environ 80 campeurs ont participé et le programme a clairement porté fruit. Les campeurs posaient des questions sur les petites merveilles qu’ils voyaient à travers la lentille de leurs caméras. Les ressources offertes dans le cadre du programme sont très bien faites et nos moniteurs ont trouvé que le programme était facile à enseigner. – Patti Thom, Camp Tanamakoon

Notre mission au Camp Awakening est de faire vivre à des enfants handicappés une excursion en canot et de les mettre en contact avec la nature. Alors quand on nous a présenté le concept du Défi Bondar, on a sauté sur l’occasion. Nous sommes extraordinairement fiers de notre campeur qui a gagné un prix et prévoyons nous réinscrire en 2014. – Tracy Morley, Camp Awakening


About Catherine Ross

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.
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