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Accession Number: 92-004


Canadian Camping Association fonds. Additions. -- 1936 - 1962. -- 30.5 cm of textual records.

Biography / History

The first meeting of the Canadian Camping Association was held on May 20, 1936 at the Central Y.M.C.A., Toronto. At this meeting the Association was formally created, a constitution was adopted, officers were named, and steps were taken to begin the nomination process for a board of directors. The first officers of the Association were Mr. Taylor Statten, president; Miss Mary Edgar, vice-president; Dr. George S. Patterson, secretary; and Miss Mary C. Donaldson, treasurer. At the time, the primary objective of the Canadian Camping Association was to "further the interests and welfare of children, youths and adults through camping as an educative, recreative, and character developing experience." Over the years this primary goal has remained the focus of the Association with the addition of several other goals. These are: "to present the image of organized camping on a national level; to administer national camping affairs and to act as a liason between provincial camping associations; to encourage the development of high standards in camping; and to develop and promote research, training programs and conferences on a national level". The Canadian Camping Association continues its objective and the promotion of camping in Canada.

Custodial History

This fonds was created by and in the custody of the Canadian Camping Association before it was donated to the Trent University Archives.

Scope and Content

This addition to the fonds consists of administrative records of the Canadian Camping Association from 1936 to 1962, including a complete set of annual, executive and board meeting minutes from 1936 to 1957, the constitution, structure, bibliography and camping history. Records regarding joint conferences with Quebec Camping Association, the Ontario Camping Association and the Ontario Camping Association Research Committee are also included.


Title based on creator of fonds.

This fonds was donated by the Canadian Camping Association.

Some of the records are in French.

Restrictions: N

Finding aids: Y

Associated material located at the National Archives of Canada.

This fonds along with 82-012, 85-014, 86-022, 88-007 and 93-022 is an addition to 78-004.

For related records see: See the Ontario Camping Association fonds, the Society of Camp Director fonds, the Quebec Camping Association fonds, Dr. Mary L. Northway and Windy Pines fonds.

Finding Aid

Box 1


1 CCA Annual, Executive, Board Meeting Minutes Binder, 1936-57

2 CCA Constitution, copy, (Letters Patent issued Nov. 4th, 1949), c.1958

3 CCA Structure and Bibliography, 1950s

4 CCA, 1952-57

Annual Meeting Minutes, 1952, 1953 Enlarged Executive Meeting Minutes, 1953 Enlarged Executive Meeting Agenda, QCA report, 1954 Annual Meeting Minutes, 1954, 1956 Executive Meeting, 1957--re moving office to Montreal(1957-58)

5 CCA Project of Camping History, 1956-1957

6 CCA Correspondence, 1951-1959

7 CCA, 1957-58

Executive Meeting, 1957 CCA/QCA Annual Joint Convention, 1958 Executive Meeting Minutes, 1958 Financial Statement, 1958 Correspondence, 1958

8 CCA/QCA Annual Joint Convention, 1959

Correspondence, 1959 Executive Meeting Minutes, agenda, 1959 Membership and Financial Statements, 1959 Annual Meeting Minutes, report, 1959  

9 CCA/QCA Annual Joint Convention, 1960 Executive Minutes, report, 1960 Program, correspondence, exhibits, arrangement, handouts

10 CCA/OCA National Camping Conference, 1961, Program

11 CCA, 1962

1962 CCA/QCA Convention Souvenir Booklet Annual Meeting minutes 1962 Reports, 1962 Membership 1961 Financial Statement, 1961 Nomination, 1962-63 Executive Meeting Minutes, 1962

12 OCA, 1949-50

Bibliography, 1948 Statistics, 1900-1949 Board Meeting Minutes Financial records Directory of Member Camps, 1949, 1950---Moved to the Reading Room. Minutes of the Annual Meeting, Mar. 1950 Board Meeting records, Mar. & Oct. 1950 Newsletters, 1949-1950 Convention Program, 1958 Annual Conference Program, 1959

13 OCA Research Committee, 1942, 1948-50 (Related to Mary Northway) Minutes, newsletters, research materials, correspondence, 1949-50

Box 2


1 OCA Camp Directors' Workshop, 1949

2 OCA Camps, 1949

Hamilton Young Men's Christian Association, Brochure, 1949 Camp Tinawatawa at Paradise Lake, YWCA camp, c.1949

3 QCA, 1952-57

Executive and Annual Meeting Minutes, 1953 Annual Conference Minutes, 1954 Study of Camping Practices, questionnaire, n.d. Directory, 1956, 1957---Moved to the Reading Room. Mailing list, 1956 Annual and Executive Meeting Minutes, 1956 Meeting programs, 1957 Convention for Counsellors, 1957 Minimum standards, 1957 Camp Placement Bureau

4 QCA, 1958-60

Executive Meeting Minutes, 1957-58 Camptrusts, 1958 Membership fees, 1957-59 French Camp Directors Meeting Minutes, 1958 Directory, 1958, 1959---Moved to the Reading Room. Financial records, 1959 Camp Staff Placement Bureau, 1959

5 QCA 1960-61

Memos from Kenneth Murray, President, 1960 Membership Placement Bureau Directory---Moved to the Reading Room. Camping Ground List of Camps Camp Staff Placement Bureau, 1960 A Study of Camping Practice, 1960 Board of Directors Meeting Minutes, 1961 Membership List, 1961 Accreditation of Camps

6 QCA, 1962-63

Annual Meeting minutes, 1962 Reports, 1962 Financial Statement, 1962 Membership list, 1962 Executive Committee Meeting Minutes, 1962 General Meeting Agenda, 1963 Executive, 1962-63

7 QCA Camp brochures, 1950s-60s

Camp Ecole Trois-Saumons Inc. Camp Notre-Dame du Bon Condeil Camp D'Ete Pour Etudiants La Benediction du De Department des Camps Camp Ville-Marie Le College de Montreal Societe de Secours aux Enfants Infirms de la Province de Quebec, Inc. Colonie Notre-Dame, 1958    

8 Other Regional Associations

British Columbia Camping Association Individual camp Buying Guide for B.C. camps, n.d. Meeting Summery, 1953 Camp Training Course, 1953 Camp Counsellors' Institute, 1955 Camp Deka, c.1957 Manitoba Camping Association Standards questionnaires, n.d. Correspondence re MCA history and records, 1958

9 ACA, Miscellaneous

National Convention material, 1959, 1960 Executive meeting, membership Scoring Key for Resident R.C.P.F., 1957, 1961

10 ACA, Standards

Standards literature, 1960 Standards Committee and Anne Vail as Visitor, 1965

11 Camping Literature, 1950s---Many of them are speeches at conventions

Camp Crafts, 1953 Cooking Recipe for a Happy Camper by Alan Klein "Settlement Pioneers-Still Pioneering", Round Table, 1955 "Service to the Handicapped", Round Table, 1956 Junior Camping, n.d. Water Safety, Health and First Aid Course Leadership Text material Teaching the Counsellor to Understand Group Life Statistics of Successful Camp, 1959

12 Camping Literature, 1960 Camp Lore Camp Building Arts and Crafts Man and Nature Special Events Precamp Training Manual La Communaute et les Camps