Eileen and Derrick Palmer

Eileen and Derrick Palmer

“My husband and I were really charmed and delighted that a tree has been planted as a thank you for our support. No thanks was needed as we feel so pleased when we read about the successes made with the children that so badly need reinforcement…”

Garden fêtes, backyard games, clowns, ponies and high teas — sending a kid to camp, especially during the Depression days, often took a whole lot of ingenuity.

Just ask Eileen and Derrick Palmer, who were introduced as children to the Moorelands concept of helping, whether it was holding skeins of yarn as they were rolled into balls for knitting Baby Bundle outfits or helping deprived inner-city children spend a few precious summer days in the Ontario woods.

Back in those days it was Moorelands’ predecessor, the Downtown Churchworkers’ Association, that did all the organizing, but the concept hasn’t changed — you do what you can to help others.

“Each year my parents would hold a fête in the garden as a fundraiser for sending a family to camp,” Eileen recalled in sharing her story with Moorelands. “The children were dressed in costume and there were prizes. There were games in the backyard and my uncle would dress up as a clown and one year there was a pony to ride.“High tea was served in the house and my father, who was a musician, would entertain with both the classics and the music of the day,” Eileen wrote.

“I have no idea how much was raised — probably not much, as the Depression was in full swing — but I’m sure that, then as now, people realized others were more needy than themselves.”

And why are the Palmers so determined to help send kids to camp?

“We especially feel that the summer camping experience is a great help in developing a sense of worth in children,” Eileen wrote. “My husband Derrick and I live in the beautiful northland and that experience should be a part of every Canadian child’s life.”Moorelands Logo - help us help kidsGot a Moorelands story to share? We’d love to hear it! To share your story, contact Helen – (416) 466-9987 ext. 312 or click the link below.

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Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation and public health advice to stay at home, Moorelands Kids’ office staff are working remotely and our office will be virtual until June 8th. Staff members are available by email or phone. Please visit our contact page to get in touch via email or our staff directory for a list of phone numbers.

On Tuesday, May 19th, the Government of Ontario announced that overnight camps must remain closed throughout the summer. While we are so sad that Moorelands Camp will not be able to run as usual this year, this news was not unexpected and we understand this decision: the safety of our campers and staff is always our first priority. We are refunding all camp deposits/fees already paid. Details have been emailed to registered camper families.

But we do have some good news! In anticipation of this announcement, we had already made extensive plans for a fun virtual camp experience and we’ll be Sending Camp to Kids this summer! More details coming soon including how to apply starting May 25th!

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