Register now online for the 2017 International Camp Directors Course to be held on November 22 to November 26, 2017 at YMCA Camp Elphinstone, Gibsons, on the beautiful Sunshine Coast just north of Vancouver, British Columbia.
This professional development course is equally valuable for novice and experienced camp directors, managers and operators.
The International Camping Congress is calling for international presenters for the upcoming event.
The ICC (hosted in association with the International Camping Fellowship) is being held in Sochi, Russia from October 15 – 19, 2017.
The deadline for proposals is January 31, 2017. More information is available on the ICF website.
This site, surrounded by magnificent scenery, is only a short distance to the beautiful beaches of the Black Sea.
Learn from international camping leaders while living in reasonably priced, excellent accommodation.
Camp professionals and other staff may be interested in learning more about a new Masters of Education program called HOPE-ed offered by the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia.
This unique MEd. brings together Health, Outdoor and Physical Education “streams” considered through an experiential lens. The program begins in July 2017 and flows, in a part-time manner, over 7 terms. Application deadline is January 31, 2017.
Service Canada will facilitate a webinar on March 25th from 1-2 pm eastern. They will address specific questions for those camps wanting to bring in foreign workers but are not eligible to utilize the charitable or religiously affiliated LMIA process. You are also welcome to join if you are just interested in hearing the information being provided.
Anyone who is interested in participating in this webinar is to contact Jill Dundas at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 11:00 am Eastern time on March 25th. All details for the webinar will be provided to those respondents as soon as received from Service Canada.
We apologize for the short time line with this opportunity.
On November 17 and 18, 2014, twenty-nine Canadian camping leaders met for the National Leadership Forum at the Toronto Airport Holiday Inn. The participants included the CCA Board, Provincial Presidents, Executive Directors and National Committee and Task Force Chairs.
On the second day, after hearing reports from every province and committee the participants focused on three priorities: marketing, education and lobbying.
Chair, Liz Kovach (Executive Director for Manitoba) with assistance from Gabrielle Raille (ICF Representative) of Quebec will form a task force of provincial representatives to develop a National Marketing Campaign. Before seeking professional input, they will begin by answering two questions:
John Savage (CCA Board Representative for New Brunswick) with assistance from Sean Day (CCA Board Representative from Quebec) is committed to hosting a Canadian Camp Directors Course in New Brunswick in the Fall of 2015 with leadership from Jane McCutcheon (former CCA Treasurer) and Jeff Bradshaw (Camp Wenonah).
Currently, Mark Diamond (Director of Camp Manitou, Ontario) is the Chair of the CCA Lobbying Committee, which was established in the Spring of 2014 to address pending federal legislation affecting camps. Jill Dundas (CCA President) and Jonathan Nyquist (CCA Board Representative for Ontario) are members. The intention is to expand the committee to include a representative from every province to act as a watch dog for pending legislation affecting their camps and disseminate relevant information to their camps.
Earlier efforts, which were focused on Transport Canada legislation, were successful in negotiating a camp-specific course for camp boat drivers that is less onerous than the Small Vessel Operator Proficiency. Decisions are being made on how and by whom this course will be delivered to camps for summer 2015. Work is ongoing on insurance requirements for camp boats.
Attention then focused on Foreign Workers Legislation. The hope is for current exemptions for charitable and religious camps to continue while gaining an exemption for all camps. CCA is budgeting to cover all costs of lobbying on national legislation pertaining to camps.
The Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia is pleased to announce that the Outdoor Council of Canada is hosting their Leadership Level 1 training program at UBC Vancouver in July.
Held on July 19 & 20 this entry-level course, Leadership Level 1 (LL1), is based on experiential learning modules that develop group management and event-planning skills through hands-on activities and case studies.
Participants in this program will receive a nationally recognized certification upon successful completion of this 2-day course.
For more information, please visit the UBC website by clicking here.
Depression, anxiety, ADD, ADHD, anorexia, bulimia – statistically it is likely that someone at camp will be struggling with one of these mental health issues. Are you prepared?
Mental Health professionals are encouraged that society is becoming more aware, informed and accepting of mental conditions, but we are still years away from being as open and knowledgeable about mental health as we are about physical health. Cheryl Bernknopf, RN, BScN, Professor of Nursing at Seneca College (Toronto) and a camp nurse with thirty years of experience, offers some practical advice for camp leaders:
First, the camp must determine if it has adequate personnel resources to serve campers and staff with mental health issues. Some camps are contracting with mental health experts to provide this service.
If the camp accepts campers with these special needs, preparations are necessary.
Camps should be aware that:
Establish a procedure to enable staff to take an unscheduled break if one is needed.
Experts identify four factors for good mental and physical health
Does this sound like camp?
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.