Written by the Canadian Camping Association
For the ninth year, Canadian Camping Association partners with Andrea Koehle Jones, Executive Director, ChariTree Foundation, to offer free seedlings to all Canadian camps. Planting a tree is a powerful way to teach kids that they have the power to make Canada and the world a better place. Click here for the full details on how to participate.
This program is open to all Canadian camps, including camps that planted trees in previous years. We urge all camps to participate and to benefit from the program while celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday.
By April 10, 2017, contact your provincial representative (listed below) and place your order including the number of trees and the location where they will be planted. You may choose to plant between 40 and 800 trees. Andrea accesses the tress from nurseries in each province; therefore, the seedlings are suitable for growing conditions in your province. The trees are usually packed in packages of 20 in cardboard boxes.
You will be notified by your representative precisely when and where the trees are available for pick up in your province (the date will be within the last two weeks of June). Andrea’s commitment is to deliver the total order for each province to one location, which is chosen by the provincial representative. Your representative will notify each participating camp of this location prior to submitting your order to Andrea. Each camp is responsible for collecting their order from this location or pre-arranging to pay for delivery to their campsite. Andrea has found that Greyhound bus is the least expensive way to ship seedlings. If you do not receive your seedlings on the expected date, please notify your provincial representative.
The trees may be stored in a dark, cool place for a maximum of two weeks before planting.
The camp agrees to:
- Go online promptly and acknowledge the receipt of their trees directly to Andrea. Andrea needs this information to satisfy her donors that their contribution is being used wisely and assists her in seeking future donations. To access the ChariTree Feedback form visit Charitree-Foundation.org. Camps that do not meet this obligation will forgo the opportunity to access trees in future years.
- Plant their trees with their campers within two weeks.
- Water the seedlings if the weather is dry.
For more information on Andrea Koehle Jones and the ChariTree Foundation see Charitree-foundation.org.
You can also contact your Alberta representative Ted Lockie at Ted.Lockie@diabetes.ca.