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Ontario Camps Association fonds. Additions

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Ontario Camps Association fonds. Additions. -- 1973; 1991-2018. -- 24 cm of textual records.


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.

Scope and Contents

Fonds is comprised of annual reports, conference records, various OCA committee records, training manuals and programs.


Custodial History: Fonds was created by the Ontario Camps Association and in the custody of Diane Blair before being donated to Trent University Archives in 2019.

Immediate Source: Fonds was donated via Diane Blair in 2019.

Restrictions: Open, except for Folder 10 of Box 2 which is closed.

Accruals: This fonds along with 15-012 is an addition to 72-007 , 98-019 , 86-018 , 88-006 , 82-009 , 84-019 , 85-011 , 89-015 , 92-005 , 93-021 , 78-006 , 01-018 , 02-015 , 04-022 , 08-008 , 12-001 , 12-007 , and 14-007.

Arrangement: File labels and contents have been maintained as received.


Box 1


  1. OCA Annual Reports: 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015-2016, 2017-2018
  2. OCA Conference materials: 1973, 1991, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001
  3. OCA Conference materials: 2002, 2006, 2013, 2014
  4. Accessibility training, 2012
  5. Standards Committee, 2005, 2010-2011
  6. Membership Committee, 2010-2012
  7. OCA – records of book sales, 2012
  8. Commercial Committee, 2011-2012
  9. Finance Committee, 2010-2011
  10. Camp Fairs, 2012
  11. Website information, 2011-2012
  12. Standards Review Committee, 2011-2012
  13. Day Camp Workshop, 2012
  14. Quebec Camps, 2013
  15. OCA Annual General Meeting, 2010
  16. Tree Planting Program, 2013
  17. Tree Planting Program, 2014
  18. Government – VISA regulations “for Mexican nationals”, 2010

Box 2

  1. OCA Staff Wages, review documents, 2011-2015
  2. OCA Leadership Stream, 1999
  3. OCA By-law No. 1, approved by Board of Directors, 2013, confirmed by members 2014
  4. Employment Law, presented to the OCA, 2007; Canadian Camping Association Inclusion Training and Resource Manual, 1995
  5. OCA Transition to the Not-for-Profit Corporations Act 2010, 2013
  6. OCA Task Force – Recommended Practices for Camp Programs, 2005
  7. OCA – Report of the Executive Director Task Force, 2003-2005
  8. OCA – Task Force on Fee Structure and Entitlements, 2008
  9. OCA Awards brochure, 2017
  10. RESTRICTED FILE: Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, 2012