THE GENESIS OF MOORELANDS CAMP

To commemorate Moorelands Camp 100th Anniversary, we have created a timeline highlighting the most important moments of Moorelands’ history dating back to its genesis in 1912.

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MOORELANDS WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1912

1912: FOUNDER CANON R.J. MOORE

Moorelands began in 1912 as the Downtown Church workers Association (DCA) to help with the difficult living conditions of the time

1912: ORIGINAL MISSION STATEMENT

To minister to the souls and bodies of the people in district south of College St. (over 7,000 home visits made in the first year)

1917: DCA TURNED CORPORATION

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DCA incorporated as a corporation without share capital in the Province of Ontario

1917: LAKE SIMCOE

5 acres on Lake Simcoe purchased for Moorelands Camp (would grow eventually to 18 acres)

1917: ST.FAITH'S LODGE

St. Faith’s Lodge for underprivileged girls opens

1917: MOORELANDS CAMP

Moorelands Camp opens – 500 children and mothers attend in parties of 100 for 12 days

1920: RECESSION

1917 TORONTO

Recession results in sharp rise in unemployment & high demand on DCA

1926: CANON R.J. MOORE DIES

Founder of the Downtown Church workers Association Canon Moore dies

1931: DCA COMBATS THE AFFECTS OF THE DEPRESSION

DCA responds to the needs of those affected by the Depression with food, clothing & shelter

1940: ST.FAITH'S LODGE TURNED OVER

St. Faith’s Lodge given over to United Appeal

1952: MOORELANDS CAMP RUNDOWN

After being neglected for 20 years, Moorelands Camp infrastructure near dilapidation

1953 - 1955: REBUILD OF CAMP

Massive rebuild of Moorelands Camp leaves little money left for urban programs

1957: URBAN BOARD

Urban Board formed

1963: DOWNTOWN CHURCHES JOIN DCA

12 downtown churches now part of DCA

1964: DCA SWITCHES GEARS

DCA moves from parochial “hand-out” organization to inter-denominational work in the community

1971: DCA FACED FINANCIAL TROUBLE

Financial troubles & changing city lead to full scale reorganization of DCA

MOORELANDS PURCHASED CAMP KAWAGAMA IN 1972

1980: SPECIAL COMMITTEE CREATED

Special Committee on urban work created to deal with causes of suffering rather than just the effects

1982: MOTHERS' PROGRAM DISCONTINUED AT CAMP

Last summer the mothers’ program is offered at camp

1987: ASSOCIATES DISBAND

The final step in the transition to a professional staff model at DCA

1992: BOARD REDUCED

Board reduced from 27 to 15 members and focus shifts to policy

1994: NEW MISSION STATEMENT

DCA works with economically disadvantaged children and youth from Toronto

1995: DCA CAMP ORGANIZATION

DCA considers itself a camp organization with supportive programs during the year

1996: MOORELANDS CAMP MAINTENANCE

Moorelands Camp Capital Maintenance Plan created

2000-2008: CAMP RESEARCH CONDUCTED

Research studies conducted at Moorelands Camp with professors from U of T

DCA CHANGED IT'S NAME TO MOORELANDS COMMUNITY SERVICES IN 2001

2002: NEW CITY PROGRAMS MODEL

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 4 C’s & Positive Youth Development introduced

2003: CITY PROGRAMS EXPANSION

City Programs Expansion Plan approved

2004: ACHIEVED FUNDRAISING GOALS

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Capital fundraising goal of $1.5M achieved to rebuild Moorelands Camp

2005: SERVES MORE THAN 1,500 IN PROGRAMS

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Moorelands serves more than 1,500 children & youth in city, camp & family programs

2007: ALL CITY PROGRAMS MOVED LOCATIONS

2007 All City Programs moved to Flemingdon/Thorncliffe Park

2008: EVIDENCE-BASED PROGRAMMING

Research informs all program design

2010 REVISED MANDATE

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Revised mandate includes building competence, confidence, character & connections

2011: REBUILD COMPLETE

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The rebuild of Moorelands Camp is complete

2012: MOORELANDS CELEBRATES 100 YEARS

Moorelands celebrates its 100th Anniversary

2014: CAMP CHANGES TO A CALENDAR WEEK

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Moorelands Camp changes to a calendar week

2014: DAY CAMP PILOT

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Moorelands pilots Kawagama Day Camp

2016: LEADERSHIP HABITS AND QUALITIES INTRODUCED

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Moorelands leadership habits and qualities are introduced to align camp and After-school programs

MOORELANDS CAMP CELEBRATES IT'S 100th BIRTHDAY IN 2017