In October 1977, Lee Ann (Roberts) Wilson started a competitive Baton Twirling group in Oshawa. Sixteen girls met once a week to practice their new routine choreographed by Fran Murakami. The group, not yet named, formed a relationship with the Oshawa Kinsmen Club, which led to the use of their hall for practices and eventually receiving financial funding for expenses. After much deliberation a name was decided, Oshawa Kinsmen Camaros Baton Corps. Our colours would be Royal Blue, Gold and White, the official colours of the City of Oshawa.
The Camaros first year as a competitive group was very successful. They won the 1978 Ontario Junior Novice Twirl Corps Championship. The group never looked back! In 1979 the Corps hosted their first annual Durham Region Twirling Spectacular Competition. The very successful competition was run for 20 years, when in 1999 the last one was hosted. In 2008 with the celebration of the club’s 30th anniversary, the Camaros once again began hosting a major BatonTwirling competition in Durham Region.
Over the years the group has participated in Grey Cup parades, World Championships in France, Holland, Japan, Italy, South Bend, Indiana, Australia, Belgium, Ireland, Switzerland and USA. Along with Canadian Championships in Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia, Twirl Mania in Florida, Toronto Raptors half time show, Hamilton Ti-cat half-time Toronto Argonauts half-time performed at the opening ceremonies for the 1994 World Baton Twirling Championships, performed at Canada's Wonderland and performed at the Toronto Sportsman Show.
During the 1980's, we welcomed Carrie Mckitrick and Andrea (Cacanindin) Shore as our choreographers. The colours of our corps were changed to Red, White and Black. Many successes were still being enjoyed. The corps enrollment raised to it's highest ever, 100 members.
The 1990's also saw many changes to the Corps. It was time for a name changed due to changes in sponsorship and the recognition of Baton Twirling as an official sport. The Camaros Baton Club became incorporated and was fortunate enough to receive a weekly Bingo for fundraising. Kristin Macaraeg of Winnipeg became our new choreographer and the athletes began studying dance at a local dance studio. More successes included the winning 1997 Ontario Club of the Year.
The year 2000 brought new colours again to celebrate the new millennium. Navy, green and gold were chosen. The club continued to still grow and started to redesign programs to meet the changing needs of young athletes in the community. This year marked the first year of our "New Attitude" Recreational Group. This group offered young athletes to experience dance, baton and gymnastic, in a single program at a very reasonable cost.
The contributions of the Camaros Baton Club are far-reaching. Many Canadian and Provincial Championships have been organized by members of the Camaros. Athletes are encouraged to move forward to become certified coaches and share their knowledge with others. Every Camaros coach was at one time a Championship Athlete. In 2007, Canada hosted the World Baton Championships in Hamilton, Ontario and once again, several members of the Camaros Baton Club, held senior organizational and volunteer positions.
Club Director LeeAnn Wilson was honored by her inclusion in the Oshawa Sports Hall of Fame in 2007.
In 2013 the club celebrated it’s 35th Anniversary.
Today the Camaros Baton Club continues to thrive in the spirit of fun, friendship and fitness. Athletes from the age of three participate in programs geared specifically to age and skill levels.