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Fonds Level Description

Accession Number: 03-006


Janet Adamson fonds. -- 1964-2002. -- 30 cm of textual records. -- 1 video cassette.

Biography / History

Janet Adamson, along with her husband Brian, purchased Camp Gay Venture in 1973. The previous owner was Robin Patterson who directed the camp from 1960-1973. Her father, Reverend John Hoyle, started the camp in 1946. Janet Adamson owned the camp until 2002 when it was sold. Janet Adamson's philosophy of non-competition was geared to building the confidence of every girl. Janet graduated from York University and worked for the Government Department of Manpower and Emigration before buying Camp Gay Venture. She has served as President of the Ontario Camping Association and on the Board of the Society of Camp Directors.

Custodial History

Fonds was in the custody of Janet Adamson at Camp Gay Venture before it was donated to Trent University Archives in 2003.

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of correspondence and records, procedure manuals, publicity materials, brochures, and physical plant records pertaining to Camp Gay Venture, a girls' residential camp located in Haliburton, Ontario.


Title based on the donor of the fonds.
Fonds was acquired from Janet Adamson in 2003.
Restrictions: N
For related records see: All camping records. 

Finding Aid

Box 1

Folders 1-21, plus purple binder:
Procedures, 1971-2002 (includes storms, AIDS, measles, staff manuals, fire, opening campfire, office organisation, accommodation charts, tripping, vespers manual)

Folders 22-27:
Publicity Materials, 1976-2000: Video Cassette (Sliding Into Summer); Brochures; Calendars; Songbook (1999)

Folders 28-31:
Building Maintenance, 1965-2000: Electrical, buildings, docks, procedures

Folder 32:
Toasts, 1964-1980

Folder 33:
Consults, 1997, 2000

Folder 34:
Letters from current campers to next season's campers, 1995-2002

Folders 35-36:
Newsletters, 1977-2001