Subseries 2 - Records concerning camps

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Records concerning camps

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CA ON00340 F1033-6-2

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  • 1957-2008 (Creation)
    United Church of Canada. Toronto Conference

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54.5 cm of textual records

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Conferences in the United Church of Canada were courts of the Church organized as an administrative grouping of Presbyteries in a geographical area. The Conference was governed by a body consisting of ministers within its boundaries and an equal number of non-ministerial representatives of Pastoral Charges. Functions of a Conference included the following: determining boundaries and numbers of Presbyteries within its bounds; receiving and disposing of appeals, petitions subject to the usual right to appeal; sustaining pastorate in every Pastoral Charge; examining and ordaining candidates for the Order of Ministry; receiving ministers and deaconesses from other Churches; dealing with matters referred to it by the General Council and selecting equal numbers of members of the Order of Ministry and lay representatives to the General Council.

Toronto Conference held its inaugural service on 1925 September 22 in St. James Square Church, Toronto. In 1925 the Toronto Conference encompassed the following Presbyteries: Algoma, Dufferin and Peel, Grey, Muskoka, North Bay, Simcoe, Toronto Centre, Toronto East and Toronto West. In 1927, Sudbury and Temiskaming Presbyteries were added, followed by the addition of Cochrane Presbytery in 1929. In 1975, North Bay, Sudbury, and Temiskaming joined the newly founded Manitou Conference. In 2009, with the reorganization of Toronto Conference, the number of presbyteries were reduced to four: Living Waters, Northern Waters, South West, and Toronto Southeast. On January 1, 2019, Toronto Conference disbanded and the congregations within its boundaries became part of the following Regional Councils: Shining Waters Regional Council, Western Ontario Waterways Regional Council, Horseshoe Falls Regional Council and East Central Ontario Regional Council.

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Camping was under the supervision of the Mission of Canada Camping Committee ca. 1972 and then the Camping Subcommittee of the Christian Development Committee. The Camping Committee hired a Coordinating Director for Camping in the 1970s to communicate directly with camps within the boundaries of Toronto Conference, to organize staff training events, and to report to Conference and to Committee on camping ministry. By 1996, this work became part of the Conference Minister for Christian Development with Youth and Young Adults, Camping and Children portfolio. In 2001, the position became Conference Minister for Christian Formation and Congregational Development, Camping.

Series consists of correspondence files of the Coordinator Director for Camping, 1971-1989, correspondence files of the Conference Minister for Christian Development, including reports and surveys, 1990-1996, and files, including minutes, reports, and marketing materials, of camps within Toronto Conference, including: Camp Big Canoe, 1967-2000; Camp Cedar Glen (includes Camp Kehoe), 1967-1974; Camp Friendly Acres, 1961, 1970; Camp Lorrain, 1970-1974; Camp Simpresca, 1970-1998; Lake Scugog Camp, 1962-2008; Ryde Lake Camp, 1970-1973; Sparrow Lake Camp, 1969-2007; and Wesceneaskin, 1957-2006.

See also records of Camping Committee (Series 4) and records of the Conference Minister for Christian Development (Series 6/Subseries 1)

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