The BC Camping Association manages two memorial funds intended to help Member Camps provide quality programs and services, and offer less fortunate children a summer camp experience. All BCCA Accredited Camps are eligible to apply for funding.
The Lorne Brown Memorial fund was established in 2002 with an investment in the Vancouver Foundation which manages the fund on behalf of the BCCA. Earnings are paid out each year and used to provide camperships to underprivileged families.
Lorne was a modern pioneer in the broad field of Health Education, Physical Education, Recreation and Outdoor Education. During his career, among many other professional undertakings, he served as President of the BCCA, Chairman of the University of B.C. Camping, Outdoor Education and Conservation Committee, and was a fellow of the American School Health Association. He also organized the First Commonwealth Conference in Physical Education in Vancouver in 1954.
From 1961 to 1976, Lorne and his wife May owned and operated Camp Deka in the Cariboo. Lorne died at his Vancouver home in early January 1976. More info about Lorne can be found here.
All BCCA Accredited Camps are automatically entered into a draw. Funds are received as camperships and announced at the annual BC Camping Conference every February.
Every kid deserves to go to camp. Visit the Sponsors page to help underprivileged children attend camp.
The Dave Stevens Technology Fund was established in 2009 to encourage and support technological development for BC summer camps, while honouring the spirit of a very significant contributor to the camping movement in BC.
Every year, $1,500 is awarded from this memorial fund to advance the information technology of one BCCA member camp.
The fund began with donations from Sasamat Outdoor Centre, the Association of Neighbourhood Houses and Evans Lake Forest Education Society (all former employers of Dave) and was supplemented by a BCCA member drive. The BCCA matched all donations and created the memorial fund.
Earnings from the fund are awarded every February at the annual BC Camping Conference to a BCCA Accredited Camp to help develop or improve some aspect of technology.
Dave was passionate about technology. He co-developed the CCA/ACC Roadmap project as part of the CCA/ACC Project Development Fund to allow camps nationally to access relevant information particular to summer camps. He developed various websites for both his summer camps and for the BCCA and he built several databases for BC camps and the Camping Association. In February 2009, Dave was posthumously awarded the Ron Johnstone Lifetime Achievement Award, CCA/ACC’s highest award.
Camp Latona received $1,500 to purchase a camp administration software package that will ensure the best services possible for their campers and families.
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