Posts Tagged ‘Education’

Registration Open for International Camp Directors Course

Posted on April 1, 2017 by CCA Communications Committee

The ICDC is hosted at YMCA Camp Elphinstone from November 22 – 26, 2017.

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.

Learn more about the International Camp Directors Course.

Call for Presenters – International Camping Congress

Posted on January 2, 2017 by CCA Communications Committee

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.


11th International Camping Congress, Sochi, Russia

Posted on November 28, 2016 by Catherine Ross

logo_white_on_blue_small_1On October 15 -19, 2017, the 11th International Camping Congress (“Sharing happiness with children around the world”) will be held in the Olympic Village in Sochi, Russia.

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.

Visit , or check out the ICC Facebook page to learn more.

New MEd. in Health, Outdoor, Physical Experiential Education (HOPE-ed) at UBC

Posted on October 31, 2016 by CCA Communications Committee

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.

You can read all the details here.

Temporary Foreign Worker Webinar with Service Canada

Posted on March 19, 2015 by Jill Dundas

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 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.

CCA leaders determine three priorities at November 2014 National Leadership Forum

Posted on January 11, 2015 by Catherine Ross

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:

  1. What is the message?
  2. Who is our target group?


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.

Outdoor Council of Canada announces Leadership Level 1 certification at UBC this summer

Posted on May 23, 2014 by CCA Communications Committee

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.

Outdoor Environmental Education Course offerings from Faculty of Education at UBC Summer 2014

Posted on April 23, 2014 by CCA Communications Committee

Mental Health Issues at Camp: A Growing Challenge

Posted on April 7, 2014 by Catherine Ross

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.

  1. Gather complete information on the camper’s condition with adequate lead time for the health care staff to communicate with the parents if there are questions about the condition, the triggers or the treatment. Share this information with staff on a need to know basis.
  2. Inform the family on the realities of a typical camp day. Will their child be able to cope? Together discuss strategies that will enable the camper to enjoy the experience.
  3. Insist that the campers have been on the same medication at the same dosage for at least three months prior to camp. Reactions to new medications can be unpredictable, thereby posing an increased, unknown risk.
  4. Advise the parents that it is NOT advisable to take a holiday from medication. Campers need to be at their best initially to settle into camp and establish relationships.
  5. Educate your staff on mental health conditions. Train them to acknowledge campers’ feelings; to recognize signs of distress; to be sensitive and tolerant and to have strategies to handle specific situations. Stress the importance of close supervision.
  6. Proactively, identify a safe person (e.g. counselor, camp nurse) whom the camper can talk to at any time if they need help and a safe place to go (within sight of supervising staff) if they need time out. Establish a private signal for the camper to indicate without drawing attention to himself that he is taking time away from the activity.
  7. A safe counselor must clearly understand that their role is to listen attentively and stay calm. They are not trained therapists. They do not offer advice. If the camper becomes agitated the counselor should accompany the camper to medical help. The camper needs to know that the counselor will be documenting the conversation and sharing the information with someone else who can keep them safe.
  8. If a camper has trouble talking about their feelings and problems, suggest that they may prefer to write them down.
  9. Enlist the help of sensitive cabin mates.
  10. Be clear about what is unacceptable e.g. refusal to take medications. Be discreet in the method of dispensing medications so as not to draw attention to the camper.
  11. Check in with the camper regularly. Be proactive to avoid social problems.

Camps should be aware that:

  1. There are parents who do not divulge a child’s mental health condition for fear that the camp will not accept them. Camps must communicate clearly with parents that to withhold vital medical information could put their child at risk. For the safety of the child and the camp, full disclosure is necessary.
  2. Staff may withhold medical information for fear of not being hired or being ostracized by peers. They may be more willing to make full disclosure if they know that only the health care staff will be privy to their medical information. Their privacy will be respected unless their job performance forces the medical staff to inform the director.

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

  • Regular exercise
  • Healthy balanced diet
  • Meal times with family
  • Face to face time with friends

Does this sound like camp?

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.