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Accession Number: 12-001


Ontario Camping Association fonds. Additions. -- 2000-2010. -- 1.25 m of textual records and related 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 Y.M.C.A., 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.

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of Brown Bag materials relating to camps associated with the Ontario Camping Association. Materials include pamphlets, photographs, film and other digital media.


Custodial History: Fonds was in the custody of various Ontario Camping Association camps before being donated to Trent University Archives.

Immediate Source: Fonds acquired through the Brown Bag Program from various camps.

Restrictions: N

Accruals: This fonds, along with 78-006, 82-009, 84-019, 86-018, 88-006, 89-015, 92-005, 93-021, 98-019, 01-018, 04-022, and 08-008 is an addition to 72-007.

We gratefully acknowledge the assistance of students in Fleming College's 2011 Archival Management class who helped to process this collection.

Finding Aid

Box 1

1a. 5 Star Camps
1. Ak-o-mak
2. Ararat
2a. Aurora Lutheran Bible Camp
3. Autism Ontario Niagara Summer
4. Awakening
5. Bayview Glen
6. Big Canoe
7. Cairn Presbyterian Camping and Retreat Centres
7a. Canadian Adventure Camp
8. Cedar Bay Summer Explorers
8a. Cedar Valley Ranch
9. Centauri
10. Celtic
11. Cherita
12. Chikopi
13. Circle Sqaure Ranch
14. Couchiching
15. Crestwood Valley
16. Crossroads
17. Diamond
18. Discovery
19. Easter Seals, Camp Lakewood
20. Eden
21. Ein Gedi
22. Forest Cliff
23. Galbraith Optimist
24. Ganadaoweh
25. George
26. Glen Bernard
27. Glen Eagle Junior Golf
28. Golden Lake
29. Harbourfront Centre
30. Hardwood
31. Hidden Bay Leadership
32. Hillside Nature
33. Hockey Opportunity

Box 2

1. Horizon Arts
2. Humber Arboretum Nature
3. Inner City Outtripping Centre
4. International Hockey Training North
5. Jacksons Point
6. Kahouah
7. Kemur Equestrian Girls
8. Kenesserie
9. Keywaydin
9a. Kids on Deck Summer Baseball Camps
10. Kummoniwannago
11. Lambton Centre
12. Magic Forest
13. Manitou
14. March of Dimes
15. Massad
16. McDougall
17. McGovern
17a. Mini-Yo-We
18. Mooredale
19. Muskoka Woods
20. New Moon
21. Natureways
22. Newport Adventure
23. Nominingue
24. Oconto
25. Onondaga
26. Ouareau
27. Outlook
28. Par Golf
29. Parks and Recreation; County of Brant
30. Pearce-Williams Christian
31. Pioneer
32. Pleasant Bay
33. Quality
34. Ramah in Canada
35. Robin Hood
36. Rondeau Yacht Club
37. Royal Ontario Museum
38. Ryerson University Sports

Box 3

1. Salvation Army Camps: Jacksons Point Camp, Day Camp, Camp Wabana, and Camp Rainbow
2. Savation Army Jacksons Point
3. Sans Souci-Centre d'Equitation
4. SAC
5. Saddlewood Equestrian Centre
6. The Scott Mission
7. Selah
8. Seneca
9. Shalom
10. Sparrow Lake
11. Spartacus
12. Swallowdale
13. Swallowdale con't
14. Tamarack
15. Tanner
16. Tawingo
17. Temagami
18. Timberlane
19. Tim Horton Memorial
20. Tim Horton Onondaga Farm
21. Towhee
22. Trails Youth Initiative
23. Trent
24. Trent Summer Sports
25. Trillium
26. Trillium Day Camp
27. Wahanowin
28. Walden
29. Waupoos
30. Wanapitei

Box 4

1. Wenonah 2001, 2002
2. Wenonah 2003
3. Wenonah 2004
4. Wenonah 2005
5. Wenonah 2006
6. Wenonah 2006-2010
7. Willow Springs
8. Wimodausis
9. Winnebagoe
10. Winner's Circle
11. Winning Techniques
12. Winston
13. YMCA, General
14. YMCA Greater Toronto Area
15. YMCA Day Camps
16. YMCA Guelph
17. YMCA John Island
18. YMCA Niagara
19. YMCA Oakville
20. YMCA: Camp Queen Elizabeth 2005
21. YMCa: Camp Queen Elizabeth 2010
22. YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka
23. YMCA Sudbury
24. YMCA Summer Camps
25. YMCA Wanakita