Keeping the Circle Strong Summer Camp
Reconnecting with culture and the outdoors is vital to improving the health and well-being of Toronto’s most vulnerable Indigenous children and youth. For so many, however, access to camp or other outdoor experiences remains out of reach. Keeping The Circle Strong Summer Camp is Native Child and Family Services of Toronto’s signature overnight Summer Camp program and one of our most successful ongoing programs. Hosted at the beautiful Grundy Lake Provincial Park, the camp runs for between eight and ten weeks each summer features unique, week-long sessions for children and youth aged between 7 and 29. Multiple sessions for families and special needs children are also offered.
The Keeping the Circle Strong Summer Camps provides these at-risk children and youth and vulnerable families with the opportunity to reclaim a healthy spirit and rebuild a healthy community, contributing in a very real way to their personal development and resiliency. Our camp programs create an environment where community, culture, recreation, and physical activity are valued as an everyday part of life, helping to minimize the risk factors faced by our children, youth and their families, Campers enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities such as, canoeing, swimming, hiking, crafts, fishing, campfires, traditional storytelling and ceremonies. These experiences are of tremendous value to Indigenous children and youth and families and have been very successful in creating stronger bonds between parents and children. The camp also provide valuable summer employment opportunities and work experiences for Indigenous youth (aged 16-24) who work or volunteer as Camp Counselors, Life Guards, and Cooks.