Posts Tagged ‘Events’

Fifth National Camp T-shirt Weekend Celebration!

Posted on April 18, 2016 by CCA Communications Committee

Please share this flyer to all your campers and staff and encourage them to wear their camp clothing on the weekend of April 29 – May 1, 2016 and proudly announce their camp affiliation to the world!


Together We Are Stronger

Posted on December 1, 2015 by Catherine Ross

Canadian Camping Association National Leadership Forum November 2015

Delegates to the National Leadership Forum gathered in Bromont, QC in November 2015

In November 16, 2015, twenty six leaders in Canadian Camping including CCA Board Members, Provincial Representatives and Committee Chairs, Executive Directors and Provincial Presidents gathered at Chateau Bromont, Quebec. John Jorgenson, President of the International Camping Fellowship, opened with an inspiring message which concluded: If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.  Quebec presented three new programs, which we hope to share soon with the rest of the country:

  • Shape Up, a program designed to help summer camps incorporate healthy habits.
  • Sentinel, a computerized platform to assess a camp’s financial health
  • A complete tool kit for the integration of special needs campers.

ICC Antalya, Turkey – The best-priced International Camping Congress ever!

Posted on May 5, 2014 by CCA Communications Committee

The International Camping Fellowship and Turkish Camps Association invite you to the 10th International Camping Congress, to be held in Antalya, Turkey from October 23 – 27, 2014

You can experience it all:

  • Friendly, welcoming local camp leaders, a warm and sunny climate, and a richly textured, exciting culture.
  • A world class all-inclusive 5-star resort on the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Pre and Post-Congress tours offer excellent additional travel at a great price.
  • Special camp business opportunities
  • An amazing line-up of sessions and keynotes offered by the best and brightest in camping reaching into the fields of business, politics and sport.

Your fee includes:

  • 4 nights accommodation, including all delicious meals, drinks (coffee, teas, soda, and alcohol), resort pools, and beaches
  • The entire ICC program–all sessions, keynotes, Welcome Party, Gala Dinner, coffee breaks, congress t-shirt (Turkish cotton!)
  • Airport transfers, translation services
  • Children 12 and under are welcome at no extra charge.

Travel costs:

International flights from Canada to Istanbul, Turkey are approximately $1,000.

Special travel agent advice and coordination is available.

To register, or for more info please visit:

Looking for a fun and unique team-building event in Manitoba?

Posted on May 2, 2014 by Liz Kovach

Join the Manitoba Camping Association for the 1st Annual Great Manitoba Portage event in support of the Sunshine Fund. Qualico is the presenting sponsor and the MCA is thrilled to have their support.

Proceeds of this event will support the Sunshine Fund to help give more underprivileged children the opportunity to experience camp. Each year kids are turned away due to a lack of funds which is a difficult message to give to families who really are in need of the assistance.

The event is intended to be fun and unique, as such all activities incorporate a camp and canoe portage like flavour – three legged race challenges with weighted backpacks, land challenges involving water, portaging a canoe, and wilderness first aid will all be components of the race. The portage section will be the most challenging as it is a 1km loop over the pedestrian bridge at the Forks (Esplanade Riel).

Volunteers are still needed so if you would like to help out, please let Liz Kovach (MCA Executive Director) know.

Event Specifics

  • Registration is open @
  • Team members are required to register individually however are asked to provide their team name, registration is $50.00 per person.
  • For all participants that raise $150.00, we will return your registration fee, or provide you with a tax receipt if you choose to donate it to the Sunshine Fund.
  • Online pledges can be collected by sending out this link once you have registered, the Running Room will provide tax receipts on our behalf to donors that give through the Pledge an Athlete, or Give to Charity option.

Event Course

  • Teams will self-split into pairs to carry through various activities/obstacles
  • The final two-some will be portage the canoe for a 1 km loop over the esplanade riel and back
  • A canoe paddle is the official “baton” and consistent with relay race style, must be carried at all times and passed off at each exchange
  • Once the portage section is completed, the teams will be required to complete a Wilderness First Aid challenge that will bring them to the finish line as a group!

Logistic Info 

  • Event date: Saturday, May 24th
  • Location: The Forks Festival Park and Scotiabank Stage Area
  • Registration open: 7:30am
  • Canoe lifting orientation starts at: 8am
  • Live on Location broadcast with Virgin 103.1 & Ace Burpee from 9-1
  • Event start time: 9am
  • Awards Ceremony: noon
  • Wrap-up 1pm

Prizes will be Awarded

  • Top Fundraising Camp
  • Top Fundraising Team (non-corporate)
  • Top Fundraising Corporate
  • Team that displays the most team spirit!

Celebrate National Camp T-shirt Day May 1, 2014

Posted on April 24, 2014 by CCA Communications Committee

Notice of 2013 CCA AGM

Posted on March 19, 2014 by CCA Communications Committee


An Unprecedented Collaboration of Canadian Camping Leaders

Posted on February 3, 2014 by Catherine Ross

Canadian Camping Association National Leadership ForumIn November, 27 leaders in Canadian camping including Provincial Presidents, Executive Directors and representatives of every province met in Toronto for the third National Leadership Forum.

Facilitated by Jill Dundas, CCA President Elect, this capable and committed group collaborated to frame the future direction for the Canadian Camping Association.

The gathering began with a report on the status of current programs and a commitment to continue to provide current services: CCA Insurance, tree planting, the Roberta Bondar Challenge, BackCheck, Awards Program, Research, and website, Facebook and Twitter communications.

The participants then drafted an ambitious plan to support the camping industry with several exciting new initiatives:

  • Creating a national database of Canadian camps
  • Collaborating with the University of Dalhousie on a research project to study camper resilience
  • Establishing a CCA lobby/advocacy committee to work directly with a government relations firm to produce a semi-annual audit of federal and provincial legislation affecting camps
  • Developing a comprehensive communications strategy
  • Planning a national conference for 2016
  • Gathering statistical information annually through the provincial membership renewal process for marketing and lobbying.

The CCA Board is charged with finding the volunteers and financial resources to implement these programs.

We want to hear your comments, suggestions and/or offers of assistance! Please feel free to contact Jill Dundas, and be part of the exciting future for Canadian camping! You can reach Jill by email at

Discover Your Adventure at the Our Kids Camp Expo

Posted on February 2, 2014 by Erin McLaughlin

Our Kids Camp Expo Toronto 2014It’s almost that time again – summer camp time! When families think of camp they usually just think ‘fun’, but a camp experience for a child is so much more than that. Camp is a life campus. It helps kids build lifelong skills, like problem solving, leadership and confidence. In a world full of iPhones and iPads, camp alleviates nature deficit disorder and teaches kids the value of unstructured playtime as well as the importance of staying active. It also encourages young minds to learn outside of the classroom and provides a unique opportunity for kids to simply be themselves.

The Our Kids Camp Expo can help you find an amazing summer camp for your child with the chance to speak one on one with many different types of camps all in one day. This festive event will allow you to explore day and overnight camps and after school programs that specialize in a range of programs including arts, sports, technology, special needs or an overall traditional experience.

Whether you’re looking for a gender specific camp or your child has a particular interest you want to help them develop, the Expo is the perfect place to check out the options and get your questions answered. Learn all about the benefits of camp, how to pay, how to prepare, what to pack, and how camps deal with safety and homesickness.

If your family is interested finding out what the camp experience is all about, the Expo will have camp staff and current campers on hand to talk about their day to day activities, what they continue to learn and what they love most about camp. Be sure to bring the whole family to see the live animal shows and participate in camp activities, games and crafts! Plus, in support of the Kids in Camp charity, which seeks to send underprivileged kids to camp, Our Kids will donate $1 on behalf of each attending family.

Date and Location

Sunday, February 23, 2014 – 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm Roy Thomson Hall: 60 Simcoe Street, Toronto, Ontario

Receive FREE admission to the Camp Expo when you pre-register.

For additional information, please contact 1-877-272-1845 or

Top Ten Tips to Maximize Success at Camp Tradeshows

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.

1. Register early To ensure that you’re able to secure the space you want and maximize your exposure to potential leads, make sure that you register early. “Prime” booths go fast and location does matter. Booths near the front doors are desirable because they provide easy access to everyone who enters. Booths at the ends of aisles are good because you have access to front and side traffic due to the “corner”. Or perhaps you want to be near/far from your competitors. Act fast so as not to be disappointed.

2. Promote your participation Whether you use social media, newsletters or your website as just a few of the ways to reach out to your clients, don’t neglect them as means to get the word out. Utilize all of your avenues to promote your participation and let everyone know where you’ll be and when! Tradeshow publicity sites, parenting websites, newspaper ads, radio, etc. are all additional ways to spread the word.

3. Design a smart booth As much as your budget allows, make your booth inviting – something that makes people want to stop and lean more. Use your promotional materials to create a strong presence! While it can be tempting to pack your booth with a lot of information, keep it short, bold and concise. You only have a few seconds to attract a visitor – don’t scare them away with too much too soon.

4. Place orders for any rentals Once you’ve determined if you will require A/V equipment, special lighting, furnishings, etc. make sure to order them at least two weeks a head of time to be sure that the rental company has enough to go around and that you receive any shipments, or that you’re able to pick – up, in enough time for trade show day.

5. Make travel and staff arrangements Determine who will represent your camp at the booth and make travel arrangements accordingly. Staff your exhibit with trained, knowledgeable, approachable people; the image you project at the trade show is the image attendees will have of your business. Make sure the image presented is the one you want to linger in their minds!

6. Print banners / brochures Unless you have a topnotch printer and you do all your printing in house, then give yourself plenty of time to print out banners and brochures. Print style on banners should be simple and easy to read from a distance – avoid too little or too much information/writing. Consider investing in good graphics – if you need to cut back, don’t let this be the area! Exhibitors spend thousands on the booth and travel expenses. Give yourself at least one month. Look at your logo, see if it needs tweaking; design your slogan for your banners; and plan what brochures you will be handing out. Don’t leave your printing to the last minute – allow time for corrections/reprints if needed.

7. Packing List – Miscellaneous Box Again, don’t leave this until the last minute – at least one week before the tradeshow, jot down all the items that will be coming with you to the show and a few days before the show, review it and make sure you have everything ready and then check them off the list when you are packing up. Bring the packing list to the event so that you can add to it once you are at the show, as you may find that you overlooked something that would have been great to have that day – make notes for the next show.

8. Generate Leads When speaking with families, ask them to provide you with their contact details so you can send them a complete information package, or suggest they sign up for your newsletter to stay informed of upcoming events.

9. Follow Up Families are busy so be sure to follow-up with your leads. Send them a personalized thank you note and invite them to any upcoming events or information sessions.

10. Evaluate Most often, the success of a trade show is measured by the number of quality leads versus the quantity of leads, and it’s estimated that 77% of tradeshow attendees are qualified buyers. How many were you able to reach? Evaluate the effectiveness of your exhibit and plan for adjustments next time around. Be objective. Think – what would I have liked to see if I was the attendee? How critical would you have been? Remember, if you can think of something that someone else could have done better, chances are someone thought that about you!

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.

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.