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Kaiya’s Story

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 an escape from upsetting situations at home: a carefree place to simply enjoy just being a kid.

While the future is uncertain, one thing we know is that Moorelands Camp will still run this year.  If the COVID-19 pandemic means that we cannot host camp on Kawagama Lake and send Kaiya to camp, we will still send camp to Kaiya 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 virtual programs here:

Kaiya needs your help right now. She’s living in a motel room with no supports and no access to friends or nature. Please, join Moorelands’ Send a Kid to Camp Campaign; give Kaiya the community, sense of security, and the joy to be found in new friendships.  

*please note, to protect our children’s privacy a stock photo has been used on this page.

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An Update from Lynda on COVID-19

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!

We commit to maintaining our beautiful camp property. We will continue to do everything we need to do to make sure that we can be at camp next year and for many more years to come! That’s why we need your support now more than ever. If you would like to make a donation, please click here or call: 416-466-9987 ext. 309.

New Virtual Programs Launch!

We're excited to launch virtual leadership programs while TDSB schools are closed. Check them out here: Virtual Programs. We'll be making announcements soon about our new Virtual Camp for summer 2020. Stay tuned!

If you need information on COVID-19 or health advice, please visit Toronto Public Health’s website. Moorelands Kids will continue to post updates about our services as the situation evolves.

Stay safe and healthy,

Lynda Tilley, Executive Director | Moorelands Kids