Give a child-in-need a summer that can change their future…
Join our campaign to send kids from low-income Toronto neighbourhoods to Moorelands Camp. You can empower a child to transform their life!
On May 19th 2020, 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, it will still run – albeit a little differently!
This government announcement was not unexpected and we understand this decision: the safety of our campers and staff is always our first priority.
But kids like Kaiya STILL NEED CAMP. And that’s why this summer we will Send Camp to Kids through our new virtual programs.
Moorelands Kids is responding to the huge increase in kid’s anxiety and to the distress caused by physical distancing with nimble speed. We are constantly generating engaging and supportive virtual programming that keeps kids safe, connected and growing. Check out our current virtual programs here: www.moorelands.ca/virtual-programs
Moorelands Camp NEEDS YOU!
Moorelands Camp still has numerous fixed costs this year involving the maintenance of camp (winter damage/clean up, buildings and property) boat maintenance and storage, insurance, hydro, skeleton maintenance crew salaries, and mandatory repair costs.
Even with our regular programming disrupted, these fixed camp costs are well over $320,000 before any kids’ programming is added. We know there will be additional costs for immediate urgent relief of camp families’ food security.
In addition, there are newly budgeted costs to create, transform and deliver a meaningful virtual camp experience to kids as they shelter in place at home – and you can bet blanket tents will be a part of that! To address these needs we are creating a virtual camp experience for all our kids, including the 300+ currently registered.
You believe in the kids. You believe in the importance of camp and connections for these kids. By your gifts, you share your trust in us to be responsible stewards.
For many families in our city, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the resulting need for physical distancing, is difficult and challenging. For Kaiya – a returning camper, aged 9, moved from the women’s shelter she was in with her mom to a worn down motel – it is terrifying.
Until recently, Kaiya and her mom were living with her mom’s boyfriend. But when her mom lost her job, things got horrible at home and they had to move into a shelter. The shelters were dorm style, but at least they had some toys and there were other kids. Enter Covid-19; they were moved again to an unused, single motel room in response to the need for physical distancing.
Kaiya feels more frightened and alone than she’s ever felt before. She misses her school, her friends and her normal routine.
In times of distress like this, Kaiya’s mind goes to her happy place, Moorelands Camp. The week away from the tensions of home she spent at camp last summer, with its adventures, learning and strong, new connections with caring adults and friends, was a true refuge for her.
For Kaiya and so many of our kids, Moorelands Camp is a sanctuary — a place where she can escape the stresses of the city and swim in a cool, deep lake; explore woodlands and frog ponds; and take part in fun active pursuits that will empower her with the resiliency, the confidence and the life and leadership skills she needs to succeed. It’s a place where she will make life-long friendships that will carry her into her adult life.
This year, we can’t transport her physically to Kawagama Lake, but we can Virtually!
Please make a donation of whatever you can to help give Kaiya, and kids like her, the community, security, and joy of strong friendships.
From the hot city streets to Moorelands Camp!
Tucked away on 45 acres of sandy beaches and dense forests, accessible only by boat, is Moorelands Camp. A gem in the Algonquin Highlands, each summer our summer camp welcomes 700 children and youth from some of the poorest neighbourhoods in Toronto.
Swimming, canoeing, music, kayaking, archery, ropes courses, arts and crafts and overnight tripping… the spirit of the wilderness! And build into all this fun are character and leadership lessons – communication, teamwork, problem solving and goal setting – the development of skills necessary for life success!
Staff care deeply about the campers, supporting them as they practise positive interactions with each other and with adults, and celebrating their achievements. Campers return home bursting with great stories of their personal accomplishments, new leadership skills and wonderful memories.
What camp really did was show me another way to be…I am so thankful to Moorelands Camp but I was only able to go because kind and generous people donated. It changed life for me as a disadvantaged child.
Sandra Brown, Moorelands’ alum
An Oasis of Calm in our Busy World
Today’s kids spend their days consumed by technology and social media. As a result, they have more issues with physical health problems, anxiety and stress than ever before.
Moorelands Camp is an antidote to the sedentary behaviours and their negative health outcomes that today’s children face, especially those from low-income households.
Research shows that just 3 days in nature can increase cognitive ability by 50%, improve self-esteem and lower rates of depression…
Join with us to send kids to camp today!
Other ways to get involved!
Become a Send a Kid to Camp (SAK) Letter Writer
When 694kids returned from Moorelands Camp last summer, though they looked the same, they came back as very different kids.
Moorelands Kids’ SAK Letter Writing campaign is a peer to peer invitation to do good. When you pick a few friends to reach out to and share your passion for the work of Moorelands Kids and the possibilities that Moorelands Camp offers to kids affected by poverty, it’s a powerful support of our kids because you are making the ‘ask’ and your network picks up on your belief in our work.
We make being a SAK letter writer as easy as possible for you.
- We create the letter template.
- We merge your contacts and print the letters and we’ll take care of mailing them out.
- You provide us with your list of who to contact and perhaps agree to send along a personal thank you as we report back to you on who took you up on your invitation.
Matt, 11 yrs old told us, “When I’m home, this is how I will use the things I learned at camp… I will care for my people; encouraging others to be more active and I will be more positive.”
The SAK letter writing campaign is Moorelands Kids’ single largest source of funds to get kids like Matt up to camp this year and the need is great. Last year we sent 200 kids to camp from the SAK campaign.
During their session at Moorelands Camp, the kids experience big skies, campfires, songs, and new skills like swimming and canoeing. Matt and kids like him learned about setting and achieving new goals, making new friends and being a part of a community that cared and nurtured their development. Living in some of Toronto’s poorest communities, they were able to leave their worries behind while at camp, and enjoy all that Moorelands has to offer.
Will you help kids like Matt and become a SAK letter writer for the kids this year? If you are interested, please contact Helen Gaan: firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-466-9987 ext. 312.
Get together with friends or coworkers and create a fundraiser to send a kid to camp. Host your own bbq for bunks or hold a jeans day at work – check out fun fundraising ideas;
Share Share Share!
Spread the word about Moorelands Kids and the amazing impact of Moorelands Camp!
- Share that you’ve made a donation through social media & encourage friends to do the same.
- Follow us on social media and share our posts so that more people discover why Moorelands matters to our kids.
- Let people know why camp is important! Tell them what you learned and why it’s made a difference in your life.
- Share your story with us, so we can track the benefits of Moorelands Camp and tell others about it’s impact.
Thank you for investing in kids in your community.
Moorelands Kids is a fiscally prudent organization, run with the highest level of stewardship of the public trust.