Camp Programs

How we deliver support

Summer Program

Youth ages 12-16 (9-days, five consecutive summers)

Tims eCamp

Launching Summer 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic

School Program

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

Summer Program

Youth ages 12-16 (9-days, five consecutive summers)

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

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.

What to expect during each year of the Summer Program

In the first summer of the program, campers will be introduced to many components of leadership through cabin-based sessions and an on-site, overnight camping experience. Campers will take part in team building and camp-wide activities, and will engage in workshops that focus on communication skills, building positive relationships and goal setting.

In the second summer of the program, campers will discover their leadership abilities and develop wilderness skills on a three-day, two-night wilderness trip with their cabin group. A focus on communication and personal responsibility will be introduced in this level and campers will visit a local university or college to begin exploring their educational goals.

During the third summer of the program, campers will be provided with opportunities to take on an increased level of responsibility on a three to four day wilderness experience. Campers put leadership skills into action by becoming a leader within the cabin group, assuming the role of “Leader-of-the-Day” on trip. More ownership will be handed to campers over trip tasks and navigation. The focus of this level will be on social responsibility and critical thinking. Campers will participate in workshops around financial literacy and post-secondary funding options.

During the fourth summer of the program, campers will have the opportunity to participate in a challenging five to six day wilderness trip. Accountability for trip tasks such as campsite set-up, meal preparation, and daily navigation are passed onto campers. The “Leader-of-the-Day” will have increased responsibilities on this adventure. Leadership workshops occur on trip and this level uses the trip itself to bring out themes of well-being and managing adversity.

During the fifth summer of the program, campers reflect on their journeys on a wilderness experience and plan for their futures. During this final year at Tims Camps, the camper will go on either a one day or two night trip. Emphasis is placed on transferring learnings from camp to home-life through structured workshops and debriefs. At camp, youth will have the opportunity to connect with business professionals and focus on planning for their future through workshops around resume building and budgeting.

Meet Hrithik, a former Summer Program Camper

“Graduating from the five-year 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.”

Is there a youth in your community that would benefit from a Tims Camps experience?

Learn more about our Camper Selection Process here.

Tims eCamp

Launching Summer 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Each year more than 13,000 youth from every Tim Hortons community attend a Tim Hortons Foundation Camp to participate in life-changing, camp programming.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in-person camps have been postponed for Summer 2020 for the safety of campers and staff. As an alternative, the Tim Hortons Foundation Camps has launched an all-new Tims eCamp to stay connected with campers and support them this summer with digital camp programs. 

Tims eCamp features eCabins for campers led by experienced and trained counsellors. Tims eCamp focuses on supporting youth emotionally and developmentally during these challenging times, while encouraging them to have fun, learn important life skills, and develop positive relationships in a safe online environment.

Campers who were registered to participate in the regular Summer Program have been invited to take part in this virtual eight-week experience.

Tims eCamp Camper

School Program

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

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).

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!