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Accession Number: 14-007


Ontario Camps Association fonds. Additions. -- 1959-2014. -- 45 cm of textual materials. -- 4 CDs. -- 1 DVD.


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. In 2012, the Ontario Camping Association changed its name to Ontario Camps Association.


Fonds consists of materials pertaining to the Brown Bag Program of the Ontario Camps Association (formerly Ontario Camping Association). Materials include brochures, photographs, staff manuals, registration packages, correspondence, and audio-video CDs and DVDs. Also included are OCA guides, reports, and marketing materials, and two papers on the subject of camping.


Custodial History: Fonds was in the custody of various member camps of the Ontario Camps Association before being donated via the OCA to Trent University Archives from 2012 to 2014.

Immediate Source: Fonds acquired from the Ontario Camps Association and from various camps directly.

Fonds Arrangement: Fonds has been arranged in alphabetical order according to camp name.

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, 08-008, 12-001, and 12-007 is an addition to 72-007.

In 2012 the Ontario Camping Association changed its name to Ontario Camps Association.


Box 1

American Camp Association
Beacon Bible Camp
Brock University Camps, 2011
Cairn Camps, 2010
Canadian Camping Association, 2011
Camp Can-Aqua
Cedar Glen, 2012
Camp Cherith, 2011
DEEP Residence, 2012
Edgewood, 2011
Eden, 2004
Glenbrook Day Camp, 2011
Green City Adventure Camp, 2012
GTA Photography Classes
Harber Arboretum, 2009
Hidden Acres Mennonite Camp and Retreat Centre, 2012
Camp Hyanto, 2008-2012
CGIT Camp Kalalla, 2008-2012
Kearney, 2011
King Day Camp, 2011
Long Bay Camp
Operation Camp Maple Leaf, 2010
Medeba, 2012
Menesetung, 2011
Millstream: A Bible Learning Center, 2006-2011
Camp Nokomis, 2012
Camp Northway - Wendigo, 1959-2012
Ontario Camping Association guides, reports, marketing materials, 1993-2011
Camp Pathfinder, 2010-2012
Pleasant Bay Camp
Camp Ponacka
Camp Quality, 2011
Red Pine Camp, 2005-2011
Ryde Lake, 2012

Box 2

Saddlewood Riding Camp, 2010-2011
Safari Zoo Camp At Jungle Cat World
Sparrow Lake United Church Camp
St. Vincent de Paul Camp, 2011
Camp Tawingo, 2011
Ten Oaks, 2009-2014
Toronto Zoo, 2004-2007
Trent Camps, 2010-2011
Camp Trillium
UCC Summer Camp, 2009-2011
Camp U of T, 2011
Upper Canada Village, 2011
Wendigo Lake
Camp Wenonah, 2014
Wilvaken, 2011
Camp Winston, 2011
YMCA, 2011
Danielle Ohana, "Exploring Occupation in Children at Summer Camp," 1999.
Jeffrey Stephen Mann, "An Analysis of Factors Affecting Parents' Choice of Ontario Summer Residential Camp for Their Child," 1999.