2015 Learn to Camp Programs

2015 Jurisdictional Scan: Learn to Camp Programs
Does your jurisdiction currently have/is planning to start a Learn to Camp program?
JURISDICTIONREPLIEDYES/NOCONTACT NAME
B.C PARKSNOBob Austad
COMMENTS: BC Parks looked very closed at the “Learn to Camp” Program for provincial parks in the lower mainland around Vancouver British Columbia. We received great information and support from Ontario Parks and also had direct communication with Coleman as a project sponsor. Unfortunately, given our private sector park operator model along with funding limitations, we had to make the difficult decision that we could not support an financial afford such a labour intensive program at this time. If BC Parks becomes more financially sustainable in the future, or if we could find a sponsor willing to cover the full costs in operating a Learn to Camp program, we would gladly revisit our decision. Would you be interested in working with Parks Canada to develop a national network? N/A
ALBERTA PARKSX  
SASKATCHEWAN PARKSX  
MANITOBA PARKSX  
ONTARIO PARKSYESBruce Bateman/ Lori Waldbrook
COMMENTS: As I am sure you know Ontario Parks has had a Learn to Camp program for a number of years now and have plans to continue the program. Would you be interested in working with Parks Canada to develop a national network? N/A
SEPAQ (QUEBEC)  YESClaire Duharme
COMMENTS: Vous trouverez ci-joint le lien vers la page du site du parc national d’Oka où nous offrons le programme d’Initiation au camping. (Link in resources below)   Would you be interested in working with Parks Canada to develop a national network? Il est prématuré pour nous de confirmer si nous sommes intéressés par un partenariat national mais nous sommes très intéressés à en savoir davantage sur le programme national qui est en préparation
NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADORNOSian French
COMMENTS: We do not currently have any such programs but are certainly interested in learning more about them. Would you be interested in working with Parks Canada to develop a national network? N/A
NOVA SCOTIAYESEmily Gratton
COMMENTS: Nova Scotia Provincial Parks operated a Learn 2 Camp weekend workshop in 2013 and in 2014. The 2015 event was cancelled because of low registration. It was scheduled for a park on the southern tip of the province and it would appear that the bulk of interest comes from the Halifax area. Potential participants seem to prefer a location no more than 1 to 1.5 hrs away from Halifax. We’re currently reviewing what form L2C might take in 2015. We’re also considering some sort of program targeting a certain grade level of students at NS schools.   Would you be interested in working with Parks Canada to develop a national network? I would say that we are certainly open to keeping in touch about program offerings and perhaps partnership as well.
PARKS NEW BRUNSWICKX  
P.E.I PARKSX  
GOVERNMENT OF NORTHWEST TERRITORIESX  
NUNAVUT PARKSX  
YUKON PARKSYESDan Paleczny/ Sara Nielsen
COMMENTS: We have done some planning for a Learn to Camp event over the past several years. We participated in a Parks Canada initiative locally in 2011. We see options to enable and enhance a Learn to Camp/Hike/Fish program, possibly even for the 2016 camping season. For example, something could be done in connection with Parks Day for new Canadians and youth.   Would you be interested in working with Parks Canada to develop a national network? There seems to be good opportunities to collaborate with Parks Canada.
PARKS CANADAInquiring Jurisdiction Alain Nantel

Response Rate: 6/13 for 46%

Key Findings:

  • Many of the responding jurisdictions had either done planning for, executed, or continues to execute Learn to Camp Programs
  • Respondents mostly did not comment on their willingness to collaborate with Parks Canada on a national network of Learn to Camp programs

Future Questions to Ask:

  • Would your jurisdiction be open to collaborating with Parks Canada on a national network of Learn to Camp Programs? (This question seemed to have gotten lost in this scan)
  • What resources would you need to successfully operate a Learn to Camp Program?

Links to Resources:

  • Programme d’Initiation de Camping à Oka:

http://www.sepaq.com/pq/oka/