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Accession Number: 85-011


Ontario Camping Association fonds.Additions. -- 1947-1985. -- 30 cm of textual records. -- ca. 185photographs : ca. 50 col. slides, ca. 50 negatives and 85 photographs.-- 3 engraving plates.

Biography / History

In 1900 A.L. Cochrane established the firstprivate camp in Ontario. By 1925, the number of private campsin Ontario had increased to only six or seven. The camps establishedduring this time period (1900-1925) were mainly for boys overthe age of thirteen. Co-ed camps were unheard of at this time.As of 1925, the private camps were making headway in their developmentand agency camps, such as the Y.M.C.A., were opening up acrossthe province. The leaders and directors of these camps, wantingto keep abreast of new trends, began to regularily attend theAmerican Camping Association conventions, due to the absence ofa Canadian or Ontario camping association. This situation, althoughhelpful to the evolution of camps in Ontario, was not ideal. Issuesrelevant to Canadian camps, and camp leaders and directors, werenot being addressed by the American association. As a result,the camp leaders in Ontario decided to form their own group. Inthe first few years, the meetings were informal, and held in privatehomes. The first members were A.L. Cochrane, H.E. Chapman, MaryEdgar, Mary Hamilton, Fern Halliday, and Taylor and Ethel Statten.One of the main topics of discussion centered on the need fora camping association in Ontario. In 1933, this group of privatecamp leaders and directors formally founded the Ontario CampingAssociation. Taylor Statten was made the first chairman of theAssociation. It was decided by the founding members that the Associationwould not just be for private camps, but would be open to anyoneengaged in any aspect of camping. The interests of the foundersof the Association encompassed the development and maintenanceof high camping standards in the field of camping for childrenand an appreciation of the wider aspects of the camping movement.They believed that through discussion and consideration of commoncamping policies and problems, and by mutual exchange of ideasand knowledge, better camping would be achieved. The Ontario CampingAssociation was responsible for the development and implementationof standards for Ontario's childrens camps, and, in 1941, in conjunctionwith the Provincial Department of Health, made the licensing ofall camps mandatory. The headquarters of the Association are locatedin Toronto, Ontario.

Custodial History

This fonds was created by and in the custodyof the Ontario Camping Association before it was donated to theTrent University Archives.

Scope and Content

This addition to the fonds consists of campbrochures, photographs, newspaper clippings, conference reports,Ontario Camping Association Archives Committee correspondence,newsletters, minutes of meetings and files of Helen Stewart.


Title based on creator of fonds.

This fonds was donated by the Ontario CampingAssociation.

Restrictions: N

Finding aids: Y

Further accruals expected. Additions to the fonds include 78-006, 82-009, 84-019, 86-018, 88-006, 89-015, 92-005, and 93-021.

Finding Aid

Box 1


1: Camp Kandalore application forms, general information

2: Camp Kandalore newsletters

3: Camp Kandalore brochures

4: Camp Kandalore advertisements

5: Camp Mithril tripitinerary, 1975 & 1974

6: Beaver Lake Camp brochure

7: Hilltop Camp brochures

8: Camp Oconto JuneKennedy, campcraft notes

9: Camp Inawendawin brochure

10: Camp Allsaw bookletoutlining philosophy, training, staffprograms, and facilities - 2 copies

11: Tanamakoon brochure

12: Canadian Red Cross Society Campways 1948brochure

13: Directors Weekend, Nov. 1978

14: Counsellor Conference, 1979

15: Conference Report, 1973

16: Blue Springs Scout Reserve

17: Newspaper clippings

18: Newspaper clippings

19: Ranch Royale - brochure

20: Girl Guides

21: Kilcoo Camp banner - brochures

22: Chapel Talks at Kilcoo

23: 50th Anniversary Photo Kilcoo,Kilcoo Sketch Book (photos), 1envelope - Kilcoo photos, Conference 1967

24: Kilcoo Camp Photo Album, 1932-1933(donated by Bob Doering)

25: Photographs & Engraving Plates

26: Blue Lake & Rocky Shore accounting and advertising

27: Photo: Conference - 2 - Feb. 1985; OCA 60th Birthday Party taken by Eleanor Kay - 13

28: Photos Envelope (Shadow Lake Camp)1. group photos - 42 2.individual photos - 27 3. groups oftwo people - 13 4. winter - 195. buildings & scenery - 11 6.golfing & fishing - 9 7. canoeing& sailing - 13 8. swimming - 109. equestrian - 34 & wartime - 17

29: Envelopes 11.negatives 12. negatives

30. Camp Nonininque

31. Education Committee

32. OCA Archives Committee generalcorrespondence, 1979-1983

33. Archive Committee minutesof meeting, 1981-1983

34. Copies of archives newsletter,assorted correspondence, 1966-1978,draft and copy of "Today - Tomorrow'sYesterday"

35. Returned questionnaires

36. Occasional news and related correspondence,1981-1983

37. American Camping Association

38. Mary Northway list of taped interviews

Loose Items: Slides of OCA Archives - 2 slidecases Photo contest winners

Blue Binder: Helen Stewart Files, Chairmanof Archives Committee OCA

Onondaga Camp Diploma (rolled up)