Did you ever go to camp as a child? I attended both day camps through my local city program and also overnight camps with girl guides. Looking back now I can see my time at camp as so much more then “day care” (which is was for my parents as they worked full time) or a vacation. It is where I built confidence, learned new skills, and developed friendships. I recently had the opportunity to visit the Tim Horton Onandaga Farms which is just one of the several locations for the Tim Horton Childrens Foundation camps and it reminded me of just how special, and life changing a trip to camp can be.
If you are not familiar the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation Camps provides a fully funded camp experience to children age 9 and older living in low income families. They recognize that camp is more then just a fun trip away from home and seize the opportunity to empower the campers to set goals, try new activities and build confidence. It was a special opportunity to be able to talk to the staff members and camp leaders about the experience they provide for campers. Honestly, I was amazed by the thought, detail, and level of passion that each and every person we talked to showed. Sharing stories about watching children flourish during their time at camp from shy kids finding their voice to children bonding and caring for the animals on the farm. Coming to camp help children find their wings and lets them build friendships and trust in others and themselves.
I remember returning from a week away at girl guide camp feeling larger then life. With a new found sense of independence, personal pride and confidence I was ready to take on the world. The Tim Horton Children’s Foundation Camps capitalize building those feelings within campers by encouraging them to challenge themselves with new activities such as ropes courses, canoeing, archery, fishing, and more. And those sorts of accomplishments last longer then just a week at camp, by inspiring them to take on challenges and succeed once they return home too.
However none of this would be possible with YOU. Over 40% of the funding for the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation Camps come from Camp Day, it is up to us to help as many kids as possible take part in this adventure of a lifetime. On Wednesday June 3, 2015 head in to Tim Hortons to celebrate Camp Day! Restaurant owners will donate 100% of the proceeds from every coffee sold to the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation. Too hot for coffer? You can still contribute by buy “renting” a tent or cabin by giving a donation at your local Tim Hortons store. Plus many locations hold fun games and raffles on Camp Day as part of the celebrations. So get in to your local Tim Hortons store on June 3, 2015 and lets send more kids to camp this summer.
Do you have a favourite camp memory? Share it in the comments below.