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Accession Number: 95-020


Camp Tamarack fonds. -- 1942-1972. -- 31 cm of textual records and other material.

Biography / History

Camp Tamarack was established in 1922 as a Jewish Boy Scout's camp. The camp was situated on 350 acres of land in the Muskoka Lake District near Bracebridge, Ontario. The camp aimed to provide a camp setting where each boy counted. The boys were divided into small groups with two staff members to five boys. This allowed the boys to have individual attention instead of being part of a mass group of people. This Jewish Boy Scout Camp was owned by the Tamarack (59th) Association which was a member of the Ontario Camping Association. The camp was first located in the Lake of Bays area. The first Director was Mr. Edgar Reason, also first Scoutmaster of the 59th Scout Troop. In 1957, Stanley G. Wild was appointed Director. Activities at the camp included swimming, canoeing, water skiing and horseback riding as well as numerous other special events like baseball games, fishing, campouts, gymnastics and handicrafts. The campers lived in cabins while they were in the camp. In 1972 the camp closed.

Custodial History


Scope and Content

This fonds consists of records of a Jewish Boy Scout Camp called Camp Tamarack. The fonds has minutes of the Tamarack Association, correspondence, form letters, bulletins, photographs, financial statements, inventories, accounts, reports, camp programmes, menus, brochures, insurance policies, construction proposals, Public Health Department licenses and reports, minutes of the Camp Services Co-operative and other information regarding school camping and the Boy Scouts of Canada.


Title based on creator of fonds.

Includes ca. 160 photographs, 1 map and 5 cloth badges.

This fond was donated from an unknown source.

Restrictions: N

Finding aids: Y

For related records see: The Canadian Camping Association fonds, The Ontario Camping Association fonds, The Quebec Camping Association fonds and The Society of Camp Directors fonds.

Four of the photographs are loose on the shelf of the accession.

The map is located in the Map Cabinet - Drawer 10.

Finding Aid

Box 1


1 Tamarack Association Minutes

2 Form letters and Bulletins addressed to campers, parents, staff and members

3 same as above

4 Campers and staff lists mostly from 1972

5 Programme 1972 daily schedules, trip outlines, closing instructions, special programmes

6 Menus

7 Counsellors File "Guide to Camp Tamarack Camp Counsellorships", song book and other information pertaining to counsellorship

8 School camping correspondence with schools re: school camping, "A List of Available Camps"

9 Reports Initial Report on Camp Tamarack 1957 Directors report on Tamarack camp season 1958 Reports for the 1972 season

10 1972 Inventories

11 1972 Accounting trial balances, records of expenses, outstanding accounts, budgets, correspondence

12 Financial Statements Outline for Accounting Procedures Year end financial statements 1942 - 1959 (some missing)

LOOSE IN BOX: Year end financial statements 1960 - 1971

13 Buildings and construction correspondence, financial statements, copy of "Building By-Law", plans for a dock and stable building, proposals

14 Mortgage schedule of payment, correspondence

15 Public Health Department reports, licences, correspondence copies of "Regulation under The Public Health Act regarding Summer Camps" and "Environmental Health Hints for the Operation of Summer Camps"

16 Insurance policies, correspondence, financial statements, accident reports, inspection reports, copy of "Bill 32: An Act to amend The Public Lands Act"

17 Miscellaneous Papers poem, dialogues, correspondence, papers

18 Promotion brochures, posters, badges

19 Boy Scouts registration cards, correspondence between Camp Tamarack and Boy Scouts of Canada

20 Camp Services Co-operative Minutes

21 Camp Services Co-operative Minutes (continued)  


1: Three envelopes of mostly black and white photographs of Camp Tamarack and campers.


Four large black and white photographs of Camp Tamarack, originally framed.