Tala’s Story

For many families in our city, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the resulting need for physical distancing, is difficult and challenging. For Tala — a child of 8, watching her parents leave the house every morning — it is terrifying.

Tala is a newcomer to Toronto. She’s loved her time at Moorelands Kids’ BLAST and was excited to experience her first ever summer at camp.  Now, all she feels is frightened.  Having just started to feel settled in Canada, her life has once again been turned upside down.

Her mom works as a healthcare assistant and her father is a cleaner at East York’s Michael Garron Hospital. They are both essential workers and feel lucky to still have an income coming in. However, their jobs put them at risk and don’t cover all the necessities the family needs, let alone an opportunity like the programs Moorelands Kids offers.

Every day, all Tala hears over and over again are people talking about the scary illness. She’s been told she can’t go to school, can’t go out and play and can’t see her friends because she has to stay home to stay safe… but she’s scared: If she must stay home, how can it be safe for her parents go out to work?  Tala is frightened. She is in need of familiarity, engagement and support, now more than ever.

For Tala and so many of our kids, Moorelands Camp can be a sanctuary — a place where she can escape the stresses of the city and swim in a cool, deep lake; explore woodlands and frog ponds; and take part in fun active pursuits that will empower her with the resiliency, the confidence and the life and leadership skills she needs to succeed. It’s a place where she will make life-long friendships that will carry her into her adult life.

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 Tala to camp, we will still send camp to Tala 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: www.moorelands.ca/virtual-programs

It costs $1,200 to send a kid to camp. Please consider making a donation today. Thank you for your support!

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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