History of Moorelands Camp: 100 Years

Moorelands Camp is 100 years old in 2017! Learn about our camp’s history in a timeline of key moments: Moorelands Camp – 100 years of meeting needs & inspiring change.
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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

See how we will be celebrating Moorelands Camp’s 100th birthday and Canada’s 150’s birthday up at camp this summer with our Canada 150 Heritage and Hope Timeline.

Moorelands is a proud recipient of a Canada 150 Grant for our “Heritage and Hope Timeline” at Moorelands Camp this summer. This initiative is made possible by the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between Toronto Foundation, the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast.

Moorelands: Canada 150 Grant