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Accession Number: 04-022


Ontario Camping Association fonds. Additions. -- 2002-2004. -- 1.3 m of textual records and other materials.

Biography / History

In 1900 A.L. Cochrane established the first private camp in Ontario. By 1925, the number of private camps in Ontario had increased to only six or seven. The camps established during this time period (1900-1925) were mainly for boys over the age of thirteen. Co-ed camps were unheard of at this time. As of 1925, the private camps were making headway in their development and agency camps, such as the YMCA, were opening up across the province. The leaders and directors of these camps, wanting to keep abreast of new trends, began to regularly attend the American Camping Association conventions, due to the absence of a Canadian or Ontario camping association. This situation, although helpful to the evolution of camps in Ontario, was not ideal. Issues relevant to Canadian camps, and camp leaders and directors, were not being addressed by the American association. As a result, the camp leaders in Ontario decided to form their own group. In the first few years, the meetings were informal, and held in private homes. The first members were A.L. Cochrane, H.E. Chapman, Mary Edgar, Mary Hamilton, Fern Halliday, and Taylor and Ethel Statten. One of the main topics of discussion centered on the need for a camping association in Ontario. In 1933, this group of private camp leaders and directors formally founded the Ontario Camping Association. Taylor Statten was made the first chairman of the Association. It was decided by the founding members that the Association would not just be for private camps, but would be open to anyone engaged in any aspect of camping. The interests of the founders of the Association encompassed the development and maintenance of high camping standards in the field of camping for children and an appreciation of the wider aspects of the camping movement. They believed that through discussion and consideration of common camping policies and problems, and by mutual exchange of ideas and knowledge, better camping would be achieved. The Ontario Camping Association was responsible for the development and implementation of standards for Ontario's children's camps, and, in 1941, in conjunction with the Provincial Department of Health, made the licensing of all camps mandatory. The headquarters of the Association are located in Toronto, Ontario.

Custodial History

This fonds was in the custody of various member camps of the Ontario Camping Association before being forwarded via the OCA to Trent University Archives in 2004.

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of textual materials and photographs, slides, cds and video tapes relating to various Ontario Camping Association member camps, as collected via the Brown Bag Program. Included are samples of letterhead, brochures, camper registration packages, forms, staff manuals, staff training schedules, sample camper file sheets, promotion videos, sample menus, special events and program lists, lists of awards and prizes, and site maps. Also included are death notices for Adele Ebbs (1909-2003), Madelene Allen (?-2003) and John Latimer (1930-2003), and materials relating to the 2002 Salute to Kirk Wipper.


Title based on the contents of the fonds.
Includes 7 video tapes, 6 cd/dvds, ca. 100 photographs, and ca. 40 slides.
Fonds acquired in 2004 from the Ontario Camping Association via Anne Morawetz.
Restrictions: N
This fonds, along with 78-006, 82-009, 84-019, 86-018, 88-006, 89-015, 92-005, 93-021, 98-019, and 01-018 is an addition to 72-007.
For related records see: Canadian Camping Association, Quebec Camping Association, and The Society for Camp Directors.

Finding Aid

Box 1:

Camp Ak-O-Mak
Alive Outdoors; Camp Summit
Alternative Wilderness
Camp Arowhan
Arts Explorer Day Camp
Atlantic Challenge Canada
Camp B'nai Brith
Bark Lake
Beacon Bible Camp
Camp Bellaleo
Bellwood Lodge and Camp
Camp Bimini
Camp Brebeuf
Camp Can-Aqua
Cave Springs Camp
Centennial College
Camp Cherith
Chilawee Trails
Camp Chimo
Circle R Ranch
Circle Square Ranch
Columbus Boys Camp
Cool creek Camp and Outdoor Centre
Camp Couchiching
Crusaders Bible Camp
Camp Davern
Dorion Bible Camp
Camp Eden (Ein Gedi)
Egalacres Farm Camp
Five Oaks Summer Day Camp
Fraser Lake Camp
Camp Ganadaoweh
Glen Eagle Golf Camp

Box 2:

Grippen Lake Camp
Havergal Summer Camps
Hila Science Camp
Hillside Outdoor Education School
Hockey Opportunity Camp
The Hollows Camp
Huron Church Camp
Camp Huronda
Camp Hyanto
Camp Iawah
Camp Joshua
Joy Bible Camp
Camp Kawabi
Camp Keewaydon
Camp Kienuka
Camp Kilcoo
King Day Camp (Seneca College)
Camp Kintail
Camp Kitchi
Camp Lau-ren
Laurentian Camp
Camp Ma-Kee-Wa (Toronto area Girl-Guides)
Camp Manitou
Camp Maun-Kiki
Medeba Adventure Learning Centre
Camp Menesetung
Moorelands Camp
Camp Moshava

Box 3:

Muskoka Woods
National Music Camp of Canada
New Strides Day Camp
Camp Newport
Camp Nominingue
North Waters Wilderness
Camp Northway for Girls
Ontario March of Dimes Summer Program
Olympia Sports Camp
Camp Oochigeas
Par Golf Camps
Camp Pathfinder
Camp Ponacka
Project C.A.N.O.E.
Camp Quality
Pripstien's Camp
R K Y Camp
St. Vincent De Paul
Camp Shalom
Silver Lake Camp
Camp Simpreska
Sorcerers Safari
Taylor Stratten Camps (Camp Ahmek/Camp Wapomco)
Camp Tawingo

Box 4:

Texas Long Horn Ranch
The Horse People
The Rolling Hills Area Camp (TRHAC)
Tim Horton's Onondaga Farms
Camp Trillium
Upper Canada College
Camp Walden
Camp Wanapitei
Camp Wenonah
Camp White Pine
Camp Widjitiwin
Camp Winnebagoe
Camp Woolsey
Camp Wyoka
YMCA Camp Belwood
YMCA of Cobourg
YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington Day Camps
YMCA of London Day Camps
YMCA of Oakville
YMCA-Rotary Presqu'ile
YMCA Simcoe/Muskoka Summers Camps
YMCA Sudbury (Camp Falcona)
YMCA Wanakita
YPCE Adventure Camps

OCA miscellaneous documents
Death notices (2003): John Latimer, Adele Ebbs and Madelene Allen
Salute to Kirk Whipper (2002)