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Our Programs

Supporting youth every way we can
We’re known for our camps. And for good reason. But our impact isn’t tied to the mountains of Kananaskis or the shores of Quyon. We make a difference in the lives of young people through our intentional programming, focused on developed critical skills, abilities, and perspectives in youth right when they need them most. Wherever we work—and whatever the world looks like—we show up for youth in our communities.

Summer Program

Youth ages 12-16
(9-days)

Tims eCamp

Live daily programming for youth ages 12-16

School Program

Grades 6-8 M
(Two, 3-day camp visits)

Summer Program

Youth ages 12-16 (9-days)

The Summer Program runs through June, July and August for youth aged 12-16. Campers attend nine-day camp sessions each year.

With programs becoming more challenging each year, campers participate in traditional camp activities like canoeing, high ropes, and overnight wilderness expeditions, as well as academic workshops like how to create a budget, apply for post-secondary scholarships, and build a career path.

The Summer Program helps youth develop life skills and coping strategies to help them achieve success in school and work, and encourage them to give back to their communities.

6 campers smiling by a lake

2019 Summer Program by the Numbers

  • 7036 youth benefited from the summer program
  • 792 wilderness tips completed by Summer Campers ranging from 3-7 days in length
  • 446, 800 meals prepared by our seven camps and served to campers, staff and guests
  • 15,118 km combined paddled by campers on canoe trips
  • 7743 km hiked by campers on backpacking trips
Campers per camp/per year (2017-present):
Camp# of Campers
Camp des Voyageurs Tim Horton550
Tim Horton Camp Kentahten931
Tim Horton Camp Whiteshell1504
Tim Horton Children's Camp832
Tim Horton Children's Ranch766
Tim Horton Memorial Camp1302
Tim Horton Onondaga Farms1311

       Number of Graduates in 2017: 213

Camp# of Campers
Camp des Voyageurs Tim Horton540
Tim Horton Camp Kentahten961
Tim Horton Camp Whiteshell1466
Tim Horton Children's Camp835
Tim Horton Children's Ranch746
Tim Horton Memorial Camp1293
Tim Horton Onondaga Farms1318
NOLS Partner36

Number of Graduates in 2018: 209

Camp# of Campers
Camp des Voyageurs Tim Horton649
Tim Horton Camp Kentahten819
Tim Horton Camp Whiteshell1440
Tim Horton Children's Camp889
Tim Horton Children's Ranch812
Tim Horton Memorial Camp1257
Tim Horton Onondaga Farms1170

Number of Graduates in 2019: 839*
*More graduates in 2019 because of a shift that included hosting the Summer Program at all camps in 2017 and enrolling more Level 3 Campers at that time.

Meet Hrithik, a former Summer Program Camper

“Graduating from the Summer Program was one of the most bittersweet feelings I have experienced to this day. On one hand I accomplished all my goals, found out who I was, was ready for university, and created memories/friendships that will last a lifetime, but on the other hand I knew that it would be forever till I visited my home away from home and my friends again.

 

Soon after this moment, I realized that my journey was everything I could have asked for it to be and that although my chapter just ended, someone else's was about to begin. I realized that I could not be more prepared to do whatever I want in life now and that my home away from home will always be there if I need them.”

Tims eCamp

Showing up for youth wherever they are

Total eCampers served in 2020 & 2021: 7,679

Tims eCamp debuted in 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our goal was to keep participants and staff safe while providing digital programs and resources to support youth development.

This year, we’ve revamped Tims eCamp with a newly designed and reimagined camper portal, more camp content on channels youth use, pre-recorded Camp on Demand material, and a backpack program ensuring every participant has what they need to get the most out of their experience.

What does Tims eCamp look like for a participant? eCampers benefit from two weeks of daily, live programming with their cabinmates, enjoying four activities a day. They learn new skills, like cooking and photography, while building their sense of self in a safe and supportive community. They also participate in eCamp-wide games – like trivia nights, talent shows, and escape rooms – designed to develop their teamwork skills and confidence.

Beyond their two weeks of live programming, eCampers also have access to weekly programs, games, and resources all summer long as well as the Compass, a camper-only social media platform designed to foster strong relationships across the eCamp community.

Tims eCamper sitting with tablet device

2020 Tims eCamp by the Numbers

  • 7476 program hours logged
  • 3331 total facilitated sessions throughout the summer
  • 2673 small group activities: cabin connections, ichoices, skill builders
  • Enabled 464 campers to fully participate in our virtual programming, overcoming barriers of access and accessibility at no cost to families.
  • 139 staff were hired to support all seven regions of eCamp
  • eCamp community members signed on 97,935 times where they could interact with others on a safe, open and fun platform gaining access to critical resources.

eCamp Testimonials

“I'm really touched by what [Tims Camps] is doing! Not only around [providing devices to campers who need it], but for every camper. You are putting in so much effort! I thank you from the bottom of my heart!”
Tims eCamper, 2020

“My husband and I first want to acknowledge all the hard work the Tim Hortons Foundation has put into our child. My daughter has benefited from it more than you could ever imagine. Her depression has decreased, while her self-confidence, leadership, community volunteerism and hope for the future has increased. She has blossomed into a wonderful young woman and you had a big part to play in that. Second, I appreciate that you have tried to create something for my child’s last year at camp with the launch of Tims eCamp. Please spread the word that all the counsellors, and every single function of the program has been an amazing experience for our daughter. Thanks so much.”
Lori and Graeme, parents of a Tims eCamper, 2020

“I don’t know how often you are told this, but with tears in my eyes I want you to know that I am so thankful for the extra effort your team has constantly put into making my daughters experience rewarding [and for providing her with a device and data to connect to Tims eCamp this summer]. Thank you really isn’t even close to being enough, but with our hearts on our sleeves, thank you so much for not only this gracious gift for her, but everything you have done. I can’t help but smile knowing that she has found something she truly loves, and looks forward to. Thank you once again”
- Carlene and Gary, parents of a Tims eCamper, 2020

School Program

Grades 6-8 (Two, 3-day camp visits)

Total Campers Served since beginning of program (2016-2017): 19,501

While the Summer Program is most well-known, the School Program happens during the school year (Fall, Winter, Spring), for grades 6-8 and reaches even more youth.

Partnering with schools from low-income neighbourhoods, students participate in two, three-day overnight visits to camp with their classmates, teachers and volunteers.

At camp and between visits, students work to develop their personal wellbeing (respectful and caring classroom behaviour), academic success (commitment to schoolwork), and community connection (influence social change with a community service project).

Total Graduates: 12,520

Camper & Counsellor Canoeing
YearCampersGraduates
2016-173,3412,809
2017-185,1264,535
2018-195,7255,176
2019-205,309N/A*

*impacted by Covid-19 pandemic

Meet Zoe, a former School Program Camper

“Camp changes your life - it gives you new skills that you can use in so many different ways. Problem-solving skills. Communication skills. Even the skills of just being able to work with your peers without fighting is an amazing thing to be able to do when you’re in elementary school.
As you continue to go to Camp…you start to want to give your time, you start to want to volunteer, you start to want to make a difference in your community rather than just doing it for the sake of going to Camp.”

What students will experience by participating in the School Program

Targeted workshops that focus on key areas of development including public speaking, active listening, planning and organization and problem solving.

Teams participate in community meal times, initiative challenges and high and low rope elements with an increasing amount of challenge.

Youth set specific goals called “Constructive Actions” in the areas of community and future that support the transfer of learning from Camp to home and are accomplished between visits to Camp.

In partnerships with their teachers, groups plan community service projects to implement when they return home from Camp after their first visit.

School Program - Community Service Project

The Community Service Project is a key component of the School Program. This project is designed and led by the students with support from their teachers and chaperones. During their first visit to camp in the fall/early winter, brainstorming activities will take place with the help of Tims Camps staff to identify potential ideas. The staff define the term “community” in a number of ways. Students can choose to focus their project to benefit their school, city/town or beyond.

Once a goal has been set and a beneficiary chosen, the students get to work on executing their plan. Using the skills they have developed during their first School Program visit, the students complete their project and come back for their second visit ready to share what they have accomplished. When they return to camp later in the year they discuss and debrief what went well, the challenges they faced and how they felt about helping those around them. The successes are then celebrated by staff.

Below are some examples of Community Service Projects that schools have done in the past:

  • A school “Spirit Day” where all the students are encouraged to wear school colours to help promote a sense of school unity and pride.
  • A bake sale to raise money for school sports equipment.
  • A Spring Carnival to help raise money for educational school supplies.
  • A visit to a local retirement home to help resident’s feel connected to the youth in their community.

Are you an Educator passionate about making positive change in your community? 

Email the Tim Hortons Foundation Camps today to inquire about bringing your school to one of seven Tims Camps!

Giving Back to Our Communities

2020 was a challenging year, not just for the youth we serve but for the communities we operate in. To support our neighbours, our teams volunteered their time and energy in the service of their local communities.

  • Donated 46,079 pounds of food to 11 food banks in communities surrounding Tims Camps.
  • Dedicated more than 5000 hours to serving our community at 19 community organizations, including food banks, meals on wheels, soup kitchens, and shelters.
  • Enabled 464 campers to fully participate in our virtual programming, overcoming barriers of access and accessibility at no cost to families.
  • Contributed cleaning products and personal protective equipment, including 735 medical gowns, 1200 N95 masks, and 4050 surgical gloves, to local hospitals

Camp in a Box

  • Delivered Camp in a Box programming focusing on social and emotional development to 75 schools in under-resourced neighbourhoods, reaching 4,100 students
    • When Tims eCamp wrapped up at the end of August, our team quickly shifted to reimagine our school program for 2020 knowing that we wouldn’t be able to bring schools to camp, we decided to bring the camp spirit to schools through “Camp in a Box”
    • These boxes were filled with our signature Gr8 Bead lesson plans, physically distant camp games, Kids Help Phone resources, Camp Day bracelets, journals, teacher appreciation gifts and activities suited for classroom learning.