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  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!

Moorelands Community Services

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