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Fonds Level Description

Accession Number: 02-005


Camp Richildaca fonds. -- 1957-1999. -- .6 m of textual records. -- ca. 500 photographs. -- ca. 130 slides.

Biography / History

Camp Richildaca was founded by William J. Babcock and Al Bathurst as a day camp in Kettleby, Ontario, in 1957. It grew to accommodate resident campers and was an outdoor education facility for various school boards. It was also a teacher training centre for the University of Toronto Faculty of Education and offered a heated pool, canoeing instruction, archery, snow-shoeing and tobogganing, as well as instruction in wildlife study, ornithology, insect ecology, forest ecology, survival skills, etc. Camp Richildaca was operated by the Babcock family until they sold it in 1989. William J. Babcock was head of the Physical Education Department of Richmond Hill High School and Chairman of the Richmond Hill Ontario Teachers' Federation Outdoor Education Committee. He wrote many articles pertaining to outdoor education.

Custodial History

This fonds was created by and in the custody of William J. Babcock and Jean Babcock before it was donated to Trent University Archives in 2002.

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of photographs and slides, staff manuals, outdoor education manuals, and resource material related to Camp Richildaca.


Titled based on the contents of the fonds.
Fonds acquired in 2002 from William J. Babcock and Jean Babcock.
Restrictions: N
For related records see: 86-018, 88-006, and 89-015. 

Finding Aid

Box 1

1: Ontario Teachers' Federation Outdoors Education Manual, 1970 (chairman, William J. Babcock) - two variant completed versions
2. as above, draft
3. Outdoor Education Today / compiled by the Outdoor Education Committee of the Ontario Teachers' Federation, n.d. (includes article by William J. Babcock)
4: Curriculum Development in Outdoor Education: An interim report on a pilot project in a vocational school / W.J. Babcock, n.d.
5: - Outdoor Education: Richildaca Camp and Outdoor Education Centre, [1976]
- Code of Recommended practices for Outdoor Education in Ontario / prepared by William J. Babcock et al, 1974
- Final Report: Outdoor Recreation & Outdoor Education Workshop, 1970
- Proceedings of the Canadian Camping Association Outdoor Education Conference, 1974 / contributors Jean and Bill Babcock
- 200 Outdoor Science Activities / Ontario Teachers' Federation, 1969
- Day Camp Workshop, Bark Lake, 1975
6: Miscellaneous papers by William J. Babcock and other materials pertaining to outdoor education; also two photocopied pages about Babcock from "Richmond Hill: A History of the Community from 1930 to 1999" / M.B. Robinson and J.M. Clark

Box 2

1: Smoke Signals (Camp Richildaca newsletter), 1965-1975
2: Smoke Signals, 1976-1985
3: newspaper articles relating to the William J. and Jean Babcock and Camp Richildaca, 1960s

Box 3

1: Camp records, including brochures, correspondence, newsletters, camp history, camp forms, etc., 1957-1975
2: as above, 1976-1984
3: Camp Richildaca brochures, forms, staff letters, first aid, outdoor education, awards, program
4: Ontario Camping Association Day Camp Committee: minutes, 1968-1971
5: Staff manuals: 4 manuals, 2 dated 1965, 2 undated
6: Camp Richildaca C.I.T. (counselor in training) manual, 1973
7: Day Camp Manual, 1965
8: Day Camp Manual, 1983 revised (Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Recreation)
9: Overnight recipes by the food prep person
10: Richildaca "Indian" Lore
11: Richildaca Camp Song Book
12: Arts & Crafts, Camp Richildaca
13: Games
14: Canoe Program, Camp Richildaca
15: Algonquin Park canoe trip, 1959
Loose in box: Scrapbook: letters regarding the selling of Camp Richildaca, 1989; Camp Richildaca reunion, 1999


Album #1: "Different pictures" - Camp Richildaca [1960s & 1970s]; buildings in Kettleby
Album #2:"1971, 1972, 1973" - Camp Richildaca
Album #3: Camp Richildaca, 1971
Album #4: "1976 to early years, Olympic yr. 1976, Day Camp Directors, Work Shop, Outdoor Ed. Workshop" (several 8"x10" photographs)
Album #5: Camp Richildaca, New Games Day, August 1979
Album #6: Camp Richildaca, New Games Day

Box 4

Album #1: Camp Richildaca 1984
Album #2: Camp Richildaca 1984
Album #3: Camp Richildaca, variety of years, not in order
Loose in box:
Envelope: Camp Richildaca "Photos entered into Photo Contest 1984"
Booklet: Camp Richildaca, writings and photographs ("Ricky Rosenberg; Produced by Grades 2/3, Teacher: "Chief" Mrs. Ostick")
Slides: 4 boxes of slides - Camp Richildaca 1957-1983