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Camper Survey Highlights 2019

The world around us is changing. In just a few generations, the number of children who regularly play in the outdoors without supervision has drastically dropped. One quarter of young Canadians in grade 4 own their own cell phones and only about 7% of Canadian children get at least one hour of daily physical activity (Public Health Ontario).  What’s more, with the increased automation of the job market, 21st century human interaction skills like resiliency, grit and communication are holding more weight than ever before.

For decades, the tradition of summer camp has nurtured these skills, exposed children to physical activity in nature and increased their independence through unplugged, relationship-building activities. These are just a few reasons why we see camp as a significant vehicle for building leaders. But don’t just take our word for it; hear it from the young leaders in our program!

Out of Amici campers surveyed in 2019,

  • 96% feel happy at camp.
  • 95% feel respected for who they are at camp. 
  • 93% feel that camp is a place where they belong.
  • 93% feel safe to express themselves at camp. 
  • 88% said their desire to spend time outdoors increased. 
  • 84% said their connection to nature increased. 

When camp becomes a stable touchstone in a young person’s life, it ensures they have reliable access to role models, lifelong friends and activities that sharpen their leadership potential. Since 1966, we have provided thousands of summer camp experiences to young people facing financial barriers. We are honored to have been part of the camping journey for so many young people over the years.

Camper Letters

“I never imagined that this experience would transform my life, as well as give me a deeper sense of accomplishment. I am forever grateful.” - Amici Camper, 2017

When you think about summer camp, it’s hard not to picture the hundreds of young people who come home with smiles on their faces. They return with more than they packed: confidence, independence and a greater understanding of the people around them. There is something special about the lessons learned and the friendships gained at camp. This is why Amici provides campers in financial need the chance to return to their camp every year

Below are just a few letters and stories from Amici campers and parents, demonstrating the impact of Amici's generous supporters. 

Parent Letters

Compass Leadership Program Stories

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