• Mission

    Foster personal growth and life-long skills in children with financial need through multi-year access to the unique environment of camp..

    Through the generosity of our supporters and partner camps, these experiences ensure these kids have the resources needed to gain lifelong skills and achieve personal growth.

    Vision

    All kids have the right to discover their full potential.

THE SPARK eNewsletter

Canoe Heads for Kids 2014:
A HUGE Success!CanoeHeads

Canoe Heads for Kids 2014 was an outstanding success.  It was also our Canoe Heads event biggest ever!  With close to 120 participants on 15 teams joining this year’s event, it will go down as a remarkable day.  With the sun shining and our supporters cheering, Canoe Heads participants began their portage on the afternoon of Saturday May 31st. 7.5km later, in high spirits, Canoe Headers gathered for the paddle back to Harbourfront Canoe and Kayak Centre. Both the portage and the paddle were completed in record time and our participants enjoyed sandwiches, drinks, snacks, and pizza throughout the event. As the Canoers paddled in, their friends and families partook in the fun activities set up by our amazing volunteers, and at the end of the day, many people congregated at The Fox on Bay to wind down after a day of hard work and reminisce about camp days gone by.

This year every participant was challenged to raise $1,000, and the generous Canoe Heads donors and supporters surpassed the goal of $120,000, and collectively raised $140,000 for the event!!! An incredible accomplishment that will help to provide over 300 weeks of summer camp to so many deserving children! Huge thanks to everyone who helped to make this day one to remember and helped to fund the unforgettable summer camp experience of Amici campers.

‘We couldn’t have asked for a better day.  The sun was shining and the wind was non-existent as we crossed 15km of Toronto’s waterfront with our canoes.  The most powerful part of the day was provided by the Amici campers, and a thankful grandmother, who shared personal stories of how camp has changed their lives.  To quote one of my teammates “I will be back next year for sure.”‘

– Stuart Snyder, Canoe Heads for Kids Steering Committee Co-Chair

To check out more photos from the event and for information on how you can get involved in the planning of Canoe Heads 2015 visit:

www.canoeheadsforkids.com

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The Young Professional Council’s #TBT Raises $10,000

On March 20th 2014, Amici’s YPC celebrated their inaugural event and invited other young professionals across Toronto to help support Amici by throwing on their old camp gear and partying at Steam Whistle Brewing. The event was a huge hit with highlights including a Silent Auction filled with camp-themed gear, an open bar, a tent and Muskoka chairs, tons of delicious food, and a live band and DJ providing wicked tunes! The night could not have been successful without the help of our many volunteers and our wonderful speakers, Calvin Miller, Connor Pires, Paul Steven, Tim Mackay, and Tim Usher-Jones.

Thank you to everyone who made it out and to our supporters! In this first year for the YPC, the council is grateful to all of the fellow camp enthusiasts who have welcomed the group to the community and looks forward to many more successful events that benefit the camping experience of deserving children and youth.

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Paul’s Head Shave to Send Kids to Summer CampPaul

On May 8th, Amici Board of Director’s Chair Paul Steven shaved his head in support of Amici Camping Charity after successfully fundraising $9,400 to send a full cabin of underprivileged children to camp this summer.

Thinking of running an event and providing support to Amici? We can help you customize a fundraising website and track the fundraising of your event and your attendees! Contact the Amici office at info@amicicharity.org for more information.

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Our New Partner Camps for 2014PartnerCamps

CANADIAN ADVENTURE CAMP

 

Canadian Adventure Camp resides on a private island on Lake Temagami, attracting boys and girls from around the world to its inclusive community. CAC is well-known for it’s amazing sports programs which include waterskiing, wakeboarding, gymnastics, and trampoline. The environment lends itself to the camp’s goal of providing campers with “fond memories, firm friendships, and valuable life skills to lay the ground work for their future” (Website). Amici and CAC will work together this summer to provide an unforgettable experience for many deserving kids.

KETTLEBY VALLEY CAMP

 

Kettleby Valley Camp’s history begins in 1957, when Bill and Jean Babcock purchased the site and developed it into a space where children could learn to appreciate the outdoors and build confidence in activities such as canoeing, swimming, and archery. Located in the heart of York Region, Kettley Valley Camp provides an accessible camp experience to campers, and a positive environment conducive to personal growth and independence. During one to two week sessions, campers can participate in high and low ropes courses, arts and crafts, swimming, drama, canoeing, and much more! Amici is excited to send campers to Kettleby Valley Camp for the first time this summer!

YWCA CAMP TAPAWINGO

Founded in 1929, Camp Tapawingo has always focused on the needs and growth of young women. Campers spend their weeks on the iconic Georgian Bay, close to Parry Sound, learning new skills, building confidence, making lifelong friends, and having the time of their lives. Amici is very excited to announce our partnership with this beautiful camp for girls, and can’t wait to hear about the camp games, campfires, and sing songs had on the shores of Georgian Bay.

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Welcome Christine!Christine

Amici welcomes Christine Cerullo, our newest addition to the Amici office. Christine takes on the role of Development Coordinator and is very excited to be back in the camping world, working towards providing deserving children and youth an unforgettable camp experience. Back in Toronto after working for a year in an international school in South Korea, Christine brings years of outdoor education and camping experience to her role at Amici. Having spent many summers at our partner camp YMCA Camp Kitchikewana and at YMCA Geneva Park, Christine loves sharing the gift of camp. She holds a BA from the University of Guelph and a BEd from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.

In her role as Development Coordinator, Christine will support Amici through administrative, fundraising, and communications initiatives. She will also work with Program Manager Tory Burbidge and Executive Director Kate Horton to bring awareness to the surrounding community through event coordination and social media communications. She can be reached at christine@amicicharity.org.

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A Parcelled with Love PartnershipParcelled

 We are so excited to announce our recent partnership with Parcelled with Love! Founded by Sarah Barbour and Josie Bohm, Parcelled with Love creates high-quality care packages for kids that are perfect for summer camp! Parcelled with Love and Amici have joinned forces to create more opportunities for children to go to summer camp! When you send a care package through Parcelled with Love, ot only are you providing a beautiful care package for your child, but you are also helping to support Amici!

Thank you Parcelled with Love, and we look forward to a long and successful partnership!

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Thanks to Our Volunteers

On June 17th, Amici’s many committees and volunteers got together to celebrate a successful year and the coming summer! While feasting on Quince Bistro’s delicious party food, our energetic attendees mingled and chatted about upcoming projects and camp days gone by. A huge thanks goes out to our speakers for the evening, Tim Usher-Jones, Brent Knightley, Paul Steven, Willie Macrae, and Claire MacDonnell who all did a fantastic job outlining their committees and explaining why they’ve pledged to help send children to camp. It was a night to remember.

June 17th photo