Mariah’s Camp Journey

When Mariah arrived at Moorelands Camp for the first time in 2019, she was nervous. “I was scared because I had never been to camp before. It was all new to me and it was very far from home. At first, I didn’t want to be there,” Mariah admits. 

“One of the main challenges was getting used to not being at home with my parents. The first time I went, I didn’t want to sleep there because I missed home a lot.”

But with the support of her cabin leaders, camp staff and new friends, she became more comfortable and was excited to return to camp the next summer. “I overcame my fear,” she says proudly. 

Now, Mariah is 15-years-old, and has attended Moorelands Camp for three summers. Each time, she comes out of her shell a little bit more. As summer rolls around, she looks forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones. Moorelands Camp connects peers who would never have met otherwise, turning campers into life-long friends.

“My favourite part of camp is definitely getting to meet new people,” says Mariah. “After my first year at camp, I was still kind of nervous, but it is a good feeling that I get to make new friends every summer.”

At camp, Mariah learns the Moorelands Kids Habits & Qualities, and how to use them when she goes home to her own community. “We learn leadership skills, like taking responsibility for ourselves. We learn to reflect on our actions and how they affect others.”

One of Mariah’s best camp memories was her first canoe trip. Older campers have the opportunity to go on an overnight excursion on Kawagama Lake, taking their leadership and skill-building to the next level. At first, Mariah did not want to go—she had never been canoeing before—but it ended up being her favourite experience and she was glad she did it. Many of the activities at Moorelands Camp allow campers to step outside of their comfort zone and try new things—whether that be canoeing, swimming in a lake or climbing on the high ropes course. These new experiences empower kids to take that open mindedness and courage back into their lives in the city.“I feel like Moorelands Camp showed me to not always stay in my shell,” says Mariah, who is excited to attend camp again this summer for our LEDGE program, an intensive leadership experience that provides a more hands-on approach, including a 3-day canoe trip! “It’s good to try new things, talk to new people and open up more.”

You can help us reach kids like Mariah this summer through our Send a Kid to Camp (SAK) campaign.

“We learn leadership skills, like taking responsibility for ourselves. We learn to reflect on our actions and how they affect others.”

Mariah, Moorelands Camper

Lynda’s Letter

Summer is right around the corner and the kids are saying, “Get me to camp!” We are eager and hard at work to answer that call. Our camp director team has been busy hiring, registering kids, and planning a great summer. Our community is responding to the Send a Kid to Camp Campaign. Momentum is building!

Moorelands Kids’ new strategic plan has refocused our work on Growth, Modernization and Sustainability over the next five years. This year as we return to full capacity, we plan to have 600 children and youth experience camp and even more kids in subsequent years. To support at-risk youth from the communities near Moorelands Camp, and in collaboration with various child-serving agencies from the area, we have decided to welcome them to Moorelands Camp this year for the first time.

Join us in offering the great Canadian experience of summer camp to those for whom it is out of reach. LET’S GET THEM TO CAMP!

Sincerely,
Lynda Tilley
Executive Director
Moorelands Kids

Meet Charles!

We are thrilled to welcome Charles Knowler as the Assistant Director of Moorelands Camp. Charles began his camp journey at Sparrow Lake Camp, where he gained an appreciation for the leadership development, friendship and personal growth that happens at summer camps. At Laurentian University, he achieved a degree in Outdoor Adventure Leadership. Charles believes that camp can be a life-changing experience where you can have fun, be yourself, and learn to step out of your comfort zone. Charles spends as much time outside as he can, and can often be found climbing, playing and coaching various sports, paddling and hiking.

Moorelands Camp Newest Member!

This summer, campers will be greeted by Moorelands Camp Director David’s newest family member, Tripper!

Moorelands Camp Wish List

Life Jackets ……………..…$50 each
Camp Mattresses ………….$2,000
Leaf Blower……….…..………$2,500
Musical Equipment……….$4,000
Archery Supplies …..…..….$5,000
Camp Mini Van ………..….$60,000

Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Kim!

“As a retiree just before the pandemic, I was struggling with what to do next,” says Kim, a volunteer at Moorelands Kids who gives her time on a weekly basis to help out in our head office.

Kim enjoys curling in the winter months, and she first learned about Moorelands through one of the ladies in her curling group who had sent her children to Moorelands Camp. “She spoke very highly of Moorelands, so I made a donation,” says Kim. After reading about some of Moorelands’ programs and our mission, she jumped at the opportunity to volunteer with us.

Since November 2022, Kim has volunteered on a regular basis in our Fund Development department to help organize corporate files, make phone calls, and send mail. You might have seen her helping out behind the scenes with our Christmas Holiday Program in December, too!

“I managed a lot of teams in my career and always tried to brainstorm ideas and include everyone – always looking for opportunities to streamline processes and allowing people to work efficiently at what they were good at.  We’ve made some great success so far at Moorelands”  

– Kim

“Everyone at Moorelands is so positive and friendly,” says Kim. Though she previously worked in IT for a large corporation, she sees that the atmosphere at Moorelands is different—it is like one big happy family. We’re glad to have Kim as part of our family!

Volunteers like Kim play an essential role in elevating our reach, and we are very thankful to have her as part of the Moorelands Kids community. Inquire about volunteer opportunities at Moorelands Kids here!

Starry Summer Night Season

Save the Dates, Kawagama!

It won’t be long until warm summer nights and the spirit of philanthropy connect us with our Kawagama Lake community for the annual Starry Summer Night fundraisers. We encourage you to save the following dates for some amazing fundraising events held by the Starry Summer Night Committee, who are entering their seventh summer of fundraising for Moorelands Kids!

Saturday August 19th – We will welcome guests to Moorelands Camp for an evening of food, drink, auctioning (both silent and live!) and some cottage-style hospitality.

Saturday July 29th – The annual AquaHug is back! Sponsored fundraisers will swim around Moorelands Camp’s point, forming a “hug” around the camp. Sponsor a swimmer or swim yourself!

You will see more details about these events announced in the KLCA Facebook group or at moorelands.ca/events over the next few weeks.

Welcome, Jane!

We are thrilled to introduce you to Jane Ekuban, who arrived in January as our new Stewardship & Database Coordinator. As a certified Raiser’s Edge professional, Jane brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in donation management and donor stewardship. Jane is a great fit for Moorelands Kids as she believes that given the right exposure and opportunities, all kids have the potential to become great leaders and productive members of society. Jane embodies our mission perfectly and we can’t wait to see all she will accomplish with Moorelands Kids!

Annual Impact Meeting Highlights

It was a pleasure to connect with so many of our donors, foundation partners, corporate sponsors and board members at our Annual Impact Meeting this April. You can see photos from the event here or watch a video recap on YouTube !

Thank you, Moorelands Monthly Donors!

THANK YOU to all who joined us as Moorelands Monthly donors through our campaign this March.

Moorelands Monthly makes your donation last all year long. It also allows us to save on fundraising costs, streamline investments and plan for future programming, making your investment more efficient.

On behalf of the Moorelands Kids community, we want to acknowledge and thank our Moorelands Monthly donors for creating a bedrock of stability for us, and by extension creating opportunities to Serve More Kids, Serve Kids More!

If you are interested in becoming a Moorelands Monthly donor, please contact Jane at jekuban@moorelands.ca or 416-466-9987 ext. 314, or click the link below.

Even a $10 monthly commitment over a year can provide a pair of paddles to explore Kawagama Lake at Moorelands Camp!

Moorelands Environmental Stewardship

You’ve heard the phrase, ‘it takes a village to raise a child.’ Similarly, it takes a community to maintain a children’s charity! Moorelands Kids is committed to refining our environmental and resource stewardship policies to be more efficient. We appreciate the support of our community as we endeavour to reduce our costs and environmental impact associated with print materials. To read more about our revised communications policies, click here.

Keep Kids Strong and Resilient

By making a donation, you give kids the opportunity to experience community, security, strong friendships and the joy of learning. How to donate:

  • Donate online by clicking the link below.
  • Make a gift over the phone, using Visa or MasterCard: at 416-466-9987 ext. 314;
  • Send a cheque in the mail, made out to Moorelands Kids to 251 Consumers Road, Unit 601, Toronto, ON M2J 4R3.

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