Posts Tagged ‘Partners’

Amazing Growth in CCA Foodbuy Program!

Posted on January 25, 2016 by Catherine Ross

Foodbuy Canada - New LogoCCA’s partnership with Foodbuy began in 2014 with 70 camps.  In 2015 that number rose dramatically to 140 camps, which are now enjoying the benefits of the Foodbuy program.

Foodbuy is North America’s largest procurement services company with a record of saving camps between 8-15% on food costs.

Contact Heather Cormier at  or 1-800-465-2203 ext 7211 to learn how YOUR camp can join the program in 2016 and realize significant savings in your food and other purchases.

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Rising Food Costs? CCA Can Help!

Posted on December 1, 2014 by Catherine Ross

Foodbuy Canada - New LogoJoin the over 100 Canadian camps that are currently purchasing their food and other products (kitchen equipment, office supplies, paper products) through Foodbuy, a new CCA Partner. Foodbuy works with all major national distributors to bring you the best prices.

Foodbuy is Canada’s largest procurement services organization supporting the food service industry. They have over 30,000 products under contract with more than 300 manufacturers that are all supported by the major distributors. These food and non-food contracts provide Foodbuy members with exclusive pricing and rebates that guarantee savings in all areas of your business. Foodbuy’s strategy of being client oriented first is what drives their team’s success and innovation.


  • Saves you money (300+ Contracted Manufacturers)
  • Sends you a monthly rebate cheque
  • Provides a dedicated account management team
  • Supports the CCA and the Provincial Camping Associations

Contact Brian Laughton ( today to receive a free savings analysis!



ChariTree Is Taking Root!

Posted on October 13, 2014 by Andrea Koehle Jones

This past summer on a family, cross country, camping trip, Andrea Koehle Jones, Executive Director of the ChariTree Foundation, visited several camps to witness the progress of some of the 100,000 trees that Canadian campers have planted since the inception of the CCA Tree Planting Program in 2009.

Andrea’s report describes the program’s successes and challenges, and Andrea’s appreciation of the provincial representatives who manage the program and the campers who do the work:

Canadian Family Completes Tree Planting Trip

charitree foundationIf a seedling is growing in the forest does anybody notice? This summer on a drive back to British Columbia from Ontario with my family, I learned the answer is a definite yes. For the last five years, the ChariTree Foundation – a children’s environmental tree planting charity I founded in 2006 – has been giving trees to campers at Canadian Camping Association camps across Canada. In that time, children at CCA camps across Canada have planted nearly 100,000 trees.

Every year I receive encouraging photos and reports from camps about the program. Comments like these make me feel like I am doing something important and ChariTree is on the right track:

“We successfully planted 300 saplings at Camp Wenonah in July this year! It was a unique experience for campers and staff alike, providing them with the opportunity to bond with nature and to contribute to the land of the Camp they all hold so dear. Every camper, ages 8-18, had the chance to plant a tree in the location of their choice- some groups even planted tree gardens near their cabins which they could revisit and watch with care. Thank you ChariTree Foundation for providing us with this wonderful opportunity.” – Janette, Assistant Director – Camp Wenonah

 “We had lots of fun with this tree planting project. With a certified arborist on our team we made good use of the trees with strategic placement while making it a fun time for our campers.” – Derrik, Tripper – Lake Scugog Camp

I’ve always dreamed of seeing these trees myself but living on a tiny island off the coast of Vancouver made such a dream unrealistic until this summer. In June I decided to purchase a used pop-up trailer and drive with my husband and two children to Ontario to visit my parents. I instantly thought it would be the ideal opportunity to drop in on some camps, see the trees and hear about the program from camp staff. I also think it’s important to report back to all of ChariTree’s generous donors that their donations are making a real difference and continue to grow in so many wonderful ways.

School ended early due to the British Columbia teachers’ strike so we packed up and hit the road with our nine-year-old and eleven-year-old for a once-in-a-lifetime geography lesson. After eight days driving and camping across the northern US and a memorable visit with the grandparents on Lake Simcoe, we geared-up to head back across Canada.

The kids were excited for the next phase of the journey — to see the trees their mom had donated to summer camps. But which camps do we visit? The question was not as simple as I first imagined; there were at least three camps within two hours from our departure point in Orillia, Ontario that had received trees. It was satisfying to realize that the ChariTree Foundation was on the ground growing in so many places. It’s something I was reminded of again and again as we continued to drive west.

Canadian Camping Association CharitreeThe first camp we visited was the YMCA Geneva Park on Lake Couchiching just outside Orillia. Camp youth leader, Tim Clement, welcomed us and took us around a grass field where a few weeks earlier campers had planted along the outside edge some beautiful little jack pines that will become a windbreak and an ideal sun shade.

Tim told us he was pleasantly surprised that many of the campers chose tree planting over more traditional camp activities. He said planting seedlings is something many campers have never experienced. Tim said they found it appealing that they could be part of planting trees that will grow for generations, beautify the camp and help the environment.

This story was reinforced to us when we visited Assiniboine Park zoo camp in Winnipeg. The camp takes in a large group of inner city kids. These kids don’t have many chances to experience nature so the park makes a big effort to allow kids to play in the trees by holding a week-long camp taking kids up in bucket cranes to see seeds in the tree canopy. They even set-up zip lines in the trees for the kids. Trees from ChariTree also play a big role in this program showing these kids the wonders of nature. A group of trees the youth planted on a section of perimeter road around the zoo has been left in a natural state for five years. In amongst the grass and mature jack pines are small pine seedlings sprouting up. Karen Pearce, Director of Grounds, Assiniboine Park Conservancy, says the kids that planted these trees ask to come back year after year to see how the trees are growing. It’s great to see these youth develop a sense of responsibility and pride for the environment in this way.

ChariTree has always believed there are some powerful lessons to be gained when campers are able to visit the trees they planted from previous summers. One of those lessons is that from a small idea a big thing grows. We experienced that ‘aha moment’ ourselves when we visited Kathy and Gary Koehler at Camp Kasota West on Sylvan Lake in Alberta. As the Alberta CCA rep responsible for taking tree orders and making sure camps in her province receive their ChariTrees, Kathy has played a vital role in ChariTree’s summer camp program.

Gary showed us where campers have been planting ChariTrees over the years. On our exploration we found some young seedlings planted earlier this summer as well as some strong and 8 ‘ tall blue spruce growing near the lakeshore that must have been four to five years old. To think they started out as tiny seedlings was inspiring.

Our 8,000 km road trip taught us that Mother Nature can also be harsh and cold. We experienced just about everything she could throw at us — tornado warnings, severe thunderstorms, flash floods and forest fires. At Caddy Lake Girl Guide Camp in Manitoba’s beautiful Whiteshell Provincial Park, we found ChariTrees meeting another need. Camp director Lindsay Lodge led us up to the tent platforms on a small ridge behind the camp kitchen. A couple of years ago a severe windstorm had knocked down many of the mature spruce and pine trees. The camp was helping replant the area with trees from ChariTree and campers were getting the opportunity to see how trees can help heal a scarred landscape.

Sometimes Mother Nature is not so kind to trees. Massive flooding this summer prompted Manitoba to declare a state of emergency and call on the military to help with sandbagging efforts. At Assiniboine Park, Karen showed us where the Assiniboine River had spilled over and flooded an area where campers had planted ChariTrees in previous years.

Earlier I mentioned the role provincial reps have in helping the tree program succeed. It was great to talk to Kathy about her experience and hear about some of the challenges of coordinating the orders and pick-up of the trees. I gained a better appreciation of the logistics required to arrange dates and times for multiple camps to pick up their trees. So thank you so much Kathy and all provincial reps and of course the CCA’s Catherine Ross for all the important work you do.

Some of the processes I have implemented, like the online order form are designed to simplify the process. Still, sometimes things fall through the cracks. I was disappointed to learn of instances where camps never received the trees they ordered, or were unable to make the pickup dates and so their trees were given to other camps. I will be taking some time to think of ways to improve the ordering and delivery process so these kinds of omissions don’t happen. I would appreciate any suggestions to make the program better.

Looking back on our trip and camp check-in, I realize the partnership between the ChariTree Foundation and the Canadian Camping Association has established some deep roots. Trees are springing up across the country and campers are truly making their world a better place. When campers plant their Wish Trees they get to make a wish for the world – my wish is that the programs continues to grow and even more children will have the opportunity to get out in nature and plant a Wish Tree.

Written by Andrea Koehle Jones, Executive Director ChariTree Foundation

New Partnership between CCA and Foodbuy Guarantees Savings on Food and Other Purchases

Posted on April 27, 2014 by CCA Communications Committee

Harry Edwards, CCA Past President, is a new and enthusiastic supporter of Foodbuy:

“I would recommend the Foodbuy program to any camp large or small. The process to join the Foodbuy program is simple, flawless and pain free. We have been on the program for two months and have realized several thousands of dollars in savings on purchases plus we have received rebate cheques from national brands.”

Please click on the image below to learn more about Foodbuy’s services and for contact information.

Please reference the Canadian Camping Association when inquiring.

Plan your Camp’s Canada Day Activities with Historica Canada!

Posted on April 21, 2014 by CCA Communications Committee

They have a new name, but the same great programs! Historica Canada provides free, bilingual educational programs to help your campers learn about the “True North, Strong and Free”!

Camp Directors Report on the 2013 Roberta Bondar Challenge

Posted on February 17, 2014 by Catherine Ross

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

ChariTREE Foundation 2014 Tree Planting Program

Posted on February 10, 2014 by CCA Communications Committee

Canadian Camps Tree Planting Environment NatureLast summer, campers in over 75 camps across Canada planted a total of 20,000 trees! Once again, for the sixth consecutive year, Andrea Koehle Jones, Executive Director of the ChariTREE Foundation, is offering free seedlings to all Canadian camps. You can join this excellent program that gives your campers the fun of planting their very own tree while beautifying your campsite and improving the environment for us all. This program is open to all Canadian camps, including those that planted trees in previous years.


By April 1, 2014, please contact your provincial representative (listed below) and place your order, including the number of trees and the location where they will be planted. You may chose to plant between 40 and 800 trees. Andrea accesses the trees from nurseries in each province; different native seedlings are chosen based on the province and growing conditions, as well as seedling availability. The trees are packed in packages of 20 in cardboard boxes.


You will be notified by your representative precisely when and where the trees are available for pick up in your province (trees will be available for pickup sometime during the last two weeks of June). Andrea’s commitment is to deliver the total order for each province to one location, which is chosen by the provincial representative. Your representative will notify each participating camp of this location prior to submitting your order. Each camp is responsible for collecting their order from this location or pre-arranging to pay for delivery to their campsite. The trees may be stored in a dark, cool location for a maximum of two weeks before planting. As a participant in the program, your camp agrees to:

  • Go online promptly and acknowledge the receipt of your trees directly to Andrea. Andrea needs this information to seek future donations. Camps that do not meet this obligation will forgo the opportunity to access free trees in future years.
  • Plant their trees with their campers within two weeks.
  • Water the seedlings if the weather is dry.

For more information on Andrea Koehle Jones and the Charitree Foundation, please visit their website.

Provincial Representatives

British Columbia Margo Dunnet (

Alberta Kathy Koehler (

Saskatchewan Donna Wilkinson (

Manitoba Liz Kovach (

Ontario Nicole Markowitz (

Quebec Tanya Desrochers (

New Brunswick John Savage (

Nova Scotia & Prince Edward Island Derek Mitchell (

Newfoundland and Labrador Malcolm Turner (

Let BackCheck Lighten Your Load!

Posted on May 7, 2013 by Catherine Ross

BackCheck.caAre you confused about the need or process for Criminal Record Checks (CRC) and Vulnerable Sector Searches (VSS)?

Contact CCA’s new liaise, Rod Piukkala, of BackCheck, is CCA’s new liaise and is available to answer your questions. You can contact Rod by email ( or phone (647-981-5133).

For more information about the BackCheck program, please click here.

Camps Save Cash with CCA!

Posted on April 29, 2013 by CCA Communications Committee

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April 30 – not just a tax deadline!

Posted on April 16, 2013 by CCA Communications Committee

April 30 is also the deadline to register your camp for the Summer Camp Bondar Challenge.

Register online at for this creative, environmental program, which fuses the art of photography with science while teaching campers a love and appreciation of nature.