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Camp Funding

Amici provides funding for children from low-income families to attend an overnight summer partner camp in Ontario.

Camp is a unique environment that is different from home and school. At camp, children have the opportunity to increase their self-confidence, make new friends and develop life skills such as independence, teamwork and goal-setting. Most importantly, summer camp is fun!

Amici and its partner camps commit to supporting each camper to attend camp year after year until they have outgrown the program or until there is no longer a need for financial support. Returning families complete a renewal application form in the fall for the upcoming season.

Over 80% of Amici campers return to their partner camp each summer.

Eligibility

Amici campers are from low-income households, have limited access to recreation programs and similar outlets, and are not receiving any other subsidized funding for overnight summer camp. Eligible campers are:

  • children between the ages of 7-17, and

  • in need of financial support in order to attend summer camp.

Amici does not provide funding for day camps, family camps or school year camps.

Learn more about our Application Process.

Camp Sessions

Parents may request a specific session length, a special program and/or a specific partner camp. We do our best to honour these requests, but we can’t always guarantee availability. In cases where parents do not have a specific session or camp request, we will advise of camp options available, helping to match a child and partner camp.

The majority of Amici campers attend a partner camp for a regular session. At most partner camps, sessions are two weeks long. Some camps offer shorter or longer stays as part of their regular program.

In addition to the regular camp program, many Amici partner camps also offer specialized programs including leadership training programs, wilderness out trips and programs for children with special needs.

Leadership Programs

Amici provides funding for Leadership Training Programs on a case-by-case basis, in consultation with each partner camp and each Amici family.

Typically, these programs are designed for youth between the ages of 14-17 years who have at least one year of camp experience.  Please note that some programs require an additional camp application or selection process and space is often limited.

Over 15% of returning Amici campers participated in Leadership Training Programs at partner camps.

​​​​​​Special Needs Camps

  • First, apply directly to the Partner Camp: Apply to the Amici partner camp whose program you feel best meets your child’s unique needs. The partner camp will conduct an initial screening of each new applicant according to their typical application process. The camp will assess your child’s medical and developmental needs to determine if their camp is a suitable environment for your child.
  • Partner Camp provides a referral to Amici: Once a child is approved by the camp, the family will be referred to Amici to apply for funding. Amici will then conduct a financial analysis and complete reference checks according to our typical application process.

Please note that we are not able to review funding applications for special needs campers without an accompanying referral from a partner camp. Many of Amici’s partner camps provide mild support for campers with special needs.

For more information on any of the above information, please contact Madeline at (416) 588-8026 or  madeline@amicicharity.org.  

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