For almost 80 years, the CCA has worked on behalf of Canadian camps to help grow, develop, and promote organized children’s camping across the country.
The CCA represents nearly 800 day and overnight camps across Canada. Each summer, hundreds of thousands of Canadian children (and many others from around the world) spend anywhere from a couple of days to a couple of months attending one of our country’s fine summer camps.
The CCA is here to serve you! The CCA has been active in a number of initiatives to support Canadian summer camp professionals, including:
Be sure to keep up-to-date with the latest in Canadian camping news through our regular emails as well as the frequent blog posts on this website.
Summer Camp high ropes Summer Camp conferences Canadian Summer Camps Canadian Camping AssociationEach year, the CCA and/or the provincial camping associations host a number of conferences, workshops, and other development opportunities for camping professionals.
If your provincial camping association is hosting an educational event or conference, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to have it listed on this page.
The International Camp Directors Course (ICDC) has been developed as a professional development course for camp managers, directors, and operators. It is equally valuable for any experienced camp staff professional.
This intensive four-day course addresses all aspects of Camp Management in an interactive exchange environment with other members of the camping and outdoor community and builds on the skills and learning of both faculty and participants. The curriculum has been reviewed and revised over the years and, in some cases, has also been adapted to local, national or regional situations and standards, making it a valuable professional development tool for local needs and a bridge to camping at the international level.
All courses are approved and administered by the International Camping Fellowship (ICF) using both local and international ICDC Trainers. Certain courses are designed to provide the most international overview of the camping profession and these courses also offer supplementary training in developing future course instructors (ICDC Trainer).
We have compiled a library of marketing resources from Camp Directors and others passionate about children’s summer camps in Canada.
Camp Fairs and Expos have become popular vehicles for both day and overnight camps to reach a broad market.
Posted on January 6, 2014, by CCA Communications Committee Anne Marie Rabasca, Expo Manager of Our Kids Media, offers sound advice to successfully engage prospective parents at upcoming camp tradeshows.
About Our KidsWith more than 10 years of experience, Our Kids proves how the interaction of content creation, engagement and analytics leads to awesome marketing results. Our websites, blogs, mobile apps, and print magazines house hundreds of articles, videos and advice guides on education and child development, making Our Kids Media the largest multimedia publisher and #1 school search resource in Canada. We have launched the Our Kids Marketing Academy to provide you with an even higher standard of service and enable you to be better marketers.Anne Marie Rabasca, directrice des expositions chez Our Kids Media, offre des conseils pour optimiser votre rendement au prochain salon des camps.
Posted on October 6, 2014 by Catherine Ross
Barb Gray, Director of Ontario Easter Seals Camps, knows how to make camping research work for her!
In a note to Dr. Stephen Fine, Chair of the CCA Research Committee, Barb writes:
“I use the data from the University of Waterloo Canadian Summer Camp Research Project when applying for grants to make the proposal more professional by providing quantifiable data. I also use the research findings when speaking to our Board members, Senior Management and fundraising staff as most never attended camp as children and believe that summer camp is a luxury. I use the research findings with case studies of our campers to make the presentations more powerful.
Thanks so much for doing this research and showing the amazing benefits attending a summer camp has for our campers.
Posted on February 24, 2014 by Dr. Stephen Fine
The Canadian Camping Association, as a federation of camps across the country, is experiencing a variety of challenges: rising costs, shrinking youth market share, increased government scrutiny and regulation, and risk management issues.
Validated research is a powerful instrument for addressing and protecting this common interest because today more than ever before there is a vital need to back up our claims with evidence-based research.
We now possess authoritative confirmation of our industry’s value through the findings of the CCA/ University of Waterloo (UW) “Canadian Summer Camp Research Project.” The next steps are to now effectively broadcast this information, keep it in the public view, and put it to practical purposes.
The research proved that camp provides development in five key areas:
Access to a wider social network with closer bonds to more friends and / or staff and with other camp alumni through shared experiences
Leads a more environmentally sustainable lifestyle, reduces, ecological footprint, and encourages environmental responsibility
Participates in more physical activities within home, school, and community contexts
More balanced and self-aware, thereby capable of empathy and relating to others on an emotional level
More flexible, resourceful, and self-aware, thereby better able to deal with life's challenges
Additionally, in the survey of over 1400 parents from across Canada, the overwhelming (or statistically significant) response was that lessons learned at camp successfully transfer from the camp environment to home, school and neighbourhood settings. Parents reported that they saw either a change for the better or an enhanced and continuing positive attitude in their children.
We do not intend to allow this study to languish. So, this is what we are now doing in order to assist you as camp professionals: