Moorelands’ Messages January 19th 2015

Hey Moorelands!

Moorelands Baby Bundles
Baby Bundles for newborns

Last week the office team was busy evaluating our programs and looking at our successes in 2014 – did you know that last year, Moorelands provided 151 Baby Bundles to low-income, new mothers in Toronto?  This vital program is reliant on the generous donations of baby goods we receive from our donors and we are so thankful to everyone who made this happen!  We accept donations for our Baby Bundles year round and you can find out more by clicking here.

 


At BLAST, it wasn’t just all galaxy slime– Gateway kids made shaving cream paint planets during space week!  Check out these pictures of our young people learning about our solar system AND implementing their craft skills in one fantastic activity…

 

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BLAST relay
BLAST kids participate in a relay

At Thorncliffe, BLAST participants got to be detectives, answering clues as they went on a scavenger hunt around the school.  In this activity they were using their teamwork, strategic thinking, analysis and deduction skills to be successful… Sherlock Holmes and Scooby Doo have got nothing on our Thorncliffe P.I.s!  Meanwhile at Grenoble, kids were utilising their creative cookery capabilities as they crafted Desert Penguins out of cookies – yum!  They also took part in a relay race as part of their physical literacy program, looks like fun!

In our Leadership programs, Marc Garneau got their first taste of volunteering at BLAST and made a great start.  We’re really looking forward to seeing how our young leaders grow and develop their skills over the coming weeks.  It’s a truly exciting time…especially for our Valley Park youth who will be implementing their ‘Superhero’ craft activities at Gateway this week.  Our Youth LED participants have been planning and designing these fun, intentional activities to develop key skills in our BLAST participants as well as to develop their own leadership competencies.  Check back next week for pictures…

We are also pleased to announce that tickets are now available for Laugh out Loud in Leaside!  Proceeds from this comedy event are being generously donated to Moorelands so please get your tickets now! Check out their facebook page for more details.

Wilderness Camp Archery
Campers learning archery

Finally, don’t forget that early registration for our Wilderness Camp is now open for campers in Grades 3 – 8.  For our older campers, make sure you have the date February 1st in your diary – this is the deadline for applications for S.A.L.T. and A.C.E.  Wilderness Camp is such a magical experience for our youth and we’ve been thinking a lot about the life long impact that our camp has on our campers. Read John de Visser’s story to learn about a camper who first connected with Moorelands in 1978 and is still in touch with us to this day!  


Don’t forget, we are always excited to hear your Moorelands stories. If you’ve got a story to share, contact hgaan@moorelands.ca  and make sure you check back on the Moorelands Community HUB for regular updates on what’s going on at Moorelands right now.

Wilderness Camp Alum, John de Visser
Wilderness Camp Alum, John de Visser

Have a great week!

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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