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)

Total Campers served since 1974: 300,000+

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. Since 2000, nearly 114,000 campers have graduated from the five-year Summer Program.

Campers per camp/per year (2017-present):
Camp # of Campers
Camp des Voyageurs Tim Horton 550
Tim Horton Camp Kentahten 931
Tim Horton Camp Whiteshell 1504
Tim Horton Children’s Camp 832
Tim Horton Children’s Ranch 766
Tim Horton Memorial Camp 1302
Tim Horton Onondaga Farms 1311

       Number of Graduates in 2017: 213

Camp # of Campers
Camp des Voyageurs Tim Horton 540
Tim Horton Camp Kentahten 961
Tim Horton Camp Whiteshell 1466
Tim Horton Children’s Camp 835
Tim Horton Children’s Ranch 746
Tim Horton Memorial Camp 1293
Tim Horton Onondaga Farms 1318
NOLS Partner 36

Number of Graduates in 2018: 209

Camp # of Campers
Camp des Voyageurs Tim Horton 649
Tim Horton Camp Kentahten 819
Tim Horton Camp Whiteshell 1440
Tim Horton Children’s Camp 889
Tim Horton Children’s Ranch 812
Tim Horton Memorial Camp 1257
Tim Horton Onondaga Farms 1170

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.

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

Total eCampers served: 2,679

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

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

Year Campers Graduates
2016-17 3,341 2,809
2017-18 5,126 4,535
2018-19 5,725 5,176
2019-20 5,309 N/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!