Please join me to help ‘Send a Kid’ to Camp!
The initiative Send a Kid (SAK) to Camp by Mooreland Kids is significant for me for several reasons. These past few years have been extremely difficult for everyone – especially children. As an educator and parent, I have witnessed kids who are unable to simply be kids. Summer camps cancelled, no extracurricular activities, not even being about to hang out with your friends at recess, lunch or even after school. Very little to look forward to in a day, much less a school year.
I joined this year as a board member for Mooreland Kids to gain insights with a reputable charity and exponentially expand my impact as a community advocate for equity deserving groups.
As we embark on the first summer where overnight camp is finally open again, I am pledging to you to help Send a Kid to camp.
I grew up in Kitchener, Ontario and when the posters for camp were advertised on school bulletin boards. I was mesmerized by photos of kids enjoying themselves, playing sports, in the lake and surrounded by nature. I immediately begged my parents to let me go to camp. I was fortunate enough to be able to attend overnight camp for several years.
Many were not able to afford and still today are unable to reap the benefits of overnight camp in the beautiful Canadian wilderness. I learned outdoor skills including ropes, leadership, a ton of sports, even sailing and windsurfing!
I made countless friends from all over the world whom I keep in touch with to this day. Several nostalgic feelings arise when I speak of my camp experience.
I ended up gaining employment at my camp.
I utilize skills garnered at camp within my teaching.
I learned how to portage – a word unbeknownst to be until I went to camp!
My deep connection and care for the earth was first fostered at camp.
My campfire skills include legendary songs that are STILL relevant today.
My ask is of you is to donate to Send a Kid to camp. Mooreland Kids operates a subsidized summer camp that services over 600 kids from the Greater Toronto Area. Recognized as Canada’s Top 100 Charities, Mooreland’s truly does invest in kids to provide an unforgettable experience at summer camp.
Please consider contributing. Any amount helps. The cost to send one kid to camp is $1780.
Thank you for taking the time to read this letter. Increasing empathy and compassion during these times is also a necessary step to healing and improving conditions for our collective communities.
Testimonials of former campers’ remark on the transformational experiences and many return as counsellors:
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.