YMCA/YWCA Director Praises Bondar Challenge

Posted on October 20, 2014 by Catherine Ross

Earthbound Kids 2In 2014, 30 camps (including 16 returning camps) from British Columbia to New Brunswick participated in the Roberta Bondar Foundation photo challenge delivered by a total of eighty-six trainers/leaders. A few camps continued the program into their fall schedule.

The theme for 2014 was Connecting with the Natural Environment. Winners from the hundreds of submissions will be announced in December and information on participation in 2015 will follow in the New Year.

Read Luc Cousineau’s (Director of YMCA-YWCA Guelph Camp Nagiwa) assessment of the program in below, and consider adding the Bondar Challenge to your camp program next summer:

I cannot say enough about the program – the communication from the Foundation, the equipment provided, and the teaching aids. This is an excellent program for camp and for campers, and I would expect YMCA-YWCA of Guelph Camp Nagiwa to continue its participation well into the future. Our camp has tried in the past to develop a Photography/Digital Media program with little success. With the introduction of the Bondar Challenge into our existing program, our staff was given excellent training, direction, and goals to accomplish with our campers. The results have been overwhelming with campers as young as seven years of age taking photographs of exceptional quality. What an excellent addition to our camp this year.

Past Communications Officer at Canadian Camping Association
Catherine's lifelong love of camping began in 1953 when she accompanied her mother, the new camp cook, to Camp Tanamakoon in Algonquin Park. She remained at Tan until 1978 as a camper and in several staff roles. After five years as a teacher, in 1979, Catherine and her husband George purchased Camp Mi-A-Kon-Da for girls in Parry Sound, Ontario which they owned for 20 years. Catherine has served on the Board of the Ontario Camps Association, and is Past President of the Society of Camp Directors. She is served as Communications Officer on the Board of the CCA, as is a recipient of the CCA's Ron Johnstone Lifetime Achievement Award. She is past editor of Camps Canada, published by the CCA, and the OCAsional News, the newsletter of the OCA. She is the author of four publications. Her articles on camping have appeared in numerous magazines.