The Camps We Serve
Participants in Tour For Kids - Ontario, raise awareness and funding for extraordinary camp organizations that help children, adolescents and their families live with, and beyond, cancer. None of the camps receive government funding so they rely on private contributions to sustain their good work.
Thanks to the pledges collected by Tour for Kids cyclists each year over $1.5 million is shared by the Ontario camps. Without our collective support, the camps programs would be severely compromised or discontinued.
Each camp operates multiple locations staffed by health care professionals, volunteers and camp alumni. Thousands of children attend year-round programs that build confidence, courage and friendships in an environment rich with empathy and compassion - as well as measures of medical attention.
The single greatest miracle that these retreats provide is enabling children to escape the shadows of cancer treatment. It's a time to enjoy the pleasures of being a regular kid. Children all too familiar with the rigors of doctor appointments, blood tests and arduous cancer treatments are welcomed to a world of sunshine, fresh air and fun. Activities are adaptive and inclusive so campers of all physical and mental abilities can participate.
"The amazing thing about Camp is seeing kids who were in the hospital, sick and weak days before, now climbing rock walls, canoeing, laughing — and forgetting why they were in the hospital at all."
Quite simply, camp is the good medicine for the spirit.
Camp Oochigeas can change a child's life – for better, and forever. Ooch offers year-round programs for children and families affected by childhood cancer at their site in Muskoka, at SickKids Hospital, and at Ooch Downtown, their urban camp facility in Toronto. Through these programs, Camp Ooch reaches over 800 children affected by cancer each year at no cost to their families. This is all made possible by the generous support of donors and volunteers. With the continued support of the Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation event participants, volunteers and sponsors, Camp Oochigeas, continues to offer "more Ooch, more often."
Camp Quality has seven camps across Canada and runs year-round programs. Our year-round program includes family weekends, reunions and fun days for the whole family. Our signature week-long camping program provides a wonderfully unique opportunity for children with cancer to put their illness behind them and concentrate on having fun! Each camper is matched with a trained adult volunteer and medical staff is on-site. Established in 1988, Camp Quality’s programmes provide children with the opportunity to try new and old activities and to make new friends and memories that will last forever! Camp Quality also encompasses a Puppet Program where life-size puppets visit nearly 17,000 children each year in local area schools to encourage sensitivity about cancer and its effects.
Throughout the year Camp Trillium offers over 54 different programs free of charge to its campers. These programs range from traditional summer programs to weekend camps in the spring and fall, community based programs and those based out of the various children´s cancer clinics across the province of Ontario. Camp Trillium has 2 sites located in beautiful locations across Ontario.
Through your participation in Tour For Kids, YOU are helping change the lives of children affected by cancer. Every dollar you raise goes towards sending a child to a free summer camp. You play a vital role in making camp possible and providing the brightened smiles, renewed faith and strengthened spirits that happen at camp.