Campers We Serve 2019!

Military Families

For many years Camp Maple Leaf has been a "home base" for children who's families serve in the Canadian Armed Forces. Once these campers land on our island they no longer have to explain what it's like living on a base or being part of a military family. With their cabin-mates and many of their counsellors being ‘Military Brats' as well, we all form a unique support system. It’s support rooted in friendship and fun that will grow and follow them no-matter what base they may call home.

Working with the Mental Health Services Team from the Petawawa Military Family Resource Centre, Camp Maple Leaf offers a one week camp session dedicated to providing extra "kid-friendly" support for the children of our country's heroes (Military and First Responder families) who live with an OSI (Operational Stress Injury) as a result of their service.

Camp Trailblazers provides a safe and supportive environment to allow children with facial differences to challenge themselves, learn from both successes and failures, and create a network of friends they can trust and turn to for support beyond camp. The activities we offer help children and youth develop independence, resilience and confidence. Our program is designed to encourage and empower youth with facial differences so that they can realize the potential in themselves and each other.

AboutFace is a national charity dedicated to empowering people with facial differences and their families, as well as building awareness about the abilities and challenges they face in society. Through various programs and services, we aim to encourage, empower, educate, advocate and validate our unique community, and nurture an inclusive, supportive and accepting society. For more information, visit our website at

Session #6: Camp Maple Leaf - For children who are under-resourced from our local community.

Camp LPO is a supper fun summer camp experience for children of short stature.

Little People of Ontario (LPO) is a provincial, charitable organization that provides life-long fellowship, support and information to people of short stature, their families and friends. Since 1965, the LPO has been raising awareness and educating the general public about dwarfism, showing them that little people are unique, capable and incredible in every way.

The LPO hosts social activities and sends its members regular newsletters. It provides up-to-date information about medical issues, community and government support services, and ongoing education about the challenges of living life as a little person.

Camp Skein: A camp for children grieving the death of a parent or sibling, supporting them to gain strength from each other, as they realize the power they have within themselves. In collaboration with Seasons Centre for Grieving Children Founded in 1995, Seasons Centre for Grieving Children provides peer support groups for children 5 -24 years of age and their caregivers, who are grieving the death of a parent or sibling. Seasons Centre also provides school based programs and groups for parents grieving the death of their child under 24 years of age. Seasons Centre also provides educational conferences, workshops and provides placement opportunities for college and university students.

Camp sTiC together - A camp for children with Tourette Syndrome and their siblings. Tourette Canada, is a registered (11926 7862 RR0001) charitable organization dedicated to improving the lives of Canadians affected by Tourette Syndrome (TS) and associated conditions. It is national in scope and volunteer based.

Emily's House Evermore - Emily's House Evermore, is a camp retreat for the families of Emily's House (EH) and Philip Aziz Centre (PAC) who have experienced the death of a loved one. This retreat aims to provide a safe and supportive environment for families to explore their loss with other families touched by grief. Emily's House Evermore strives to overcome isolation by helping to create new memories which continue to honour their loved one, and develop a compassionate community for bereaved families.

Emily's House is a special place for kids and youth. A place of compassion, care, comfort, laughter, learning and play. Featuring a home-like, comforting environment, Emily's House is dedicated to caring for children with complex needs while supporting their families. It is the first of its kind in the city and among 6 in Canada. Emily's House brings together high quality, respite and palliative care with the warmth and comfort of a child-focused environment that allows children and their families to have a home away from home for respite, pain and symptom management and palliative care.

Philip Aziz Centre for Hospice Care provides respite, practical, physical, emotional and spiritual support for people living with life-threatening illnesses and their loved ones, in the comfort of their own home. Our model of care incorporates the compassion and skills of a diverse group of volunteers and staff, ensuring accessibility to all communities within our service area. Hospice services are centered on the expressed needs of the individual and their loved ones and are delivered in cooperation with the healthcare professionals and support agencies involved in care. At the Philip Aziz Centre, we understand that whether you or a loved one are living with the challenges of a life-threatening illness, the process can be difficult and stressful and believe no one should have to manage alone.

Why choose Camp Maple Leaf?

Camp Maple Leaf is a Camp specifically designed to be the home for those groups that would benefit from a camp of their own but do not have the numbers, the resources, or the camping expertise to run their own site for the entire summer. For the week you are on our island (As well as the year leading up to it) ... Camp Maple Leaf works in partnership with you to take on your camp's mission, goals, spirit, and identity. We are the "Masters of Adaptation", from our program to our training to the food we serve.

At Camp Maple Leaf, unique groups such as yours are not considered shoulder season tag-ons. Rather, it is our mission to adopt your group as our own. This is why we have sessions available during the prime time summer weeks for you to enjoy year after year. It is our hope that partner camps will see our island as their permanent summer home. Whether you have an existing camp or a group of children that could really use camp, we hope that you will consider Camp Maple your Summer Camp home!

Our Program is custom tailored to you:

  • From Opening Campfire to Closing Banquet we specialize in a six-day session designed to give campers a complete camp experience.
  • Each day of camp is purposely designed to give campers choice in activity (waterfront/land), (active/inactive) as well as time to bond with others in their age group.
  • We believe in “Challenge By Choice” whereby campers are encouraged to take personal risks and push themselves beyond their own limits; however, each child chooses their challenge level.
  • The schedule and program is flexible and allows for change according to the unique needs of each group.

Our Team is your Team:

  • We work together with the leadership of our partner groups as well as the campers and their parents to ensure that we understand and can accommodate the specific needs of each camper.
  • We train our staff on how to be flexible, adaptable and creative so that transitions from one group to another are seamless.
  • Safety is our first priority but our staff training also includes intense instruction on how to adapt traditional camp programs so that every camper can participate at an equally fun and challenging level.

We’re in this together from registration to evaluation

  • We will link our website to yours.
  • We are available to attend meet and greets so that your campers, parents and volunteers can get their questions answered and get to know us personally prior to camp.
  • In the spring our Camp Director will put on an ‘in the city’ training for all of your volunteers and staff that you may arrange at your convenience.
  • You will be provided with a staff training curriculum and we will incorporate your “unique challenge” training and any other requested components into our staff’s orientation prior to your arrival.
  • Our in house, on-line registration system takes care of the paperwork so that you can focus your time on more important things…like changing lives!
  • We will make all marketing material templates available for you to use.
  • Our Camp Maple Leaf Staff are set up to lead your group without any additional supervision. However, we feel that the campers benefit greatly from some representation of counsellors that share their unique life challenges. We therefore are thrilled to welcome your volunteers that comply with our staff screening.
  • Depending on camper numbers, bus transportation may be arranged from central locations in Southern Ontario. Camp Maple Leaf is located 1 hour and 45 minutes north east of Toronto.
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