It all started in 1966, when a few teenage campers saved up enough money over two summers to pay for one young boy to have his first camp experience. Over time they began to support a few more camping experiences each year. Amici’s founders believed that camp had the power to unlock kids’ potential and that kids had a chance to become leaders thanks to the power of camp.
As more donors and believers in the power of camp came on board, Amici and its program grew, supporting 251 campers at 45 partner camps in 2022.
Amici's History: Through the Years
The year Amici sent its first camper to Camp Kawabi.
Amici volunteers, partner camps and supporters send 100 kids to camp.
Amici’s signature event, Canoe Heads for Kids, is launched by a group of 8 camp alumni, raising $8,000 paddling and portaging across the Toronto waterfront. The event has now raised over $830,000 since its inception.
Pro-bono partnership with Endeavour Volunteer Consulting to develop Amici’s first-ever strategic plan, “250 by 50” to send 250 campers to camp by 2016.
After achieving “250 by 50” a year early, Amici receives pro-bono support from Oliver Wyman, a leading global management consulting firm, to develop a new strategic plan.
An awesome award was presented to Amici by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Greater Toronto Chapter: The Mo Davies Excellence in Fundraising Award. The award recognizes a small organization that has undertaken innovative initiatives resulting in overall growth and mission impact.
Amici celebrates 50 years of sending kids to camp! The Financial Post names Amici one of the top charities for children.
Supported by RBC, Amici launched the Compass Leadership Program, a leadership program running from October to June that transforms camp skills into life skills for current and former Amici campers.
As Ontario summer camps temporarily closed their gates due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Amici established the Amici Family 2020 Support Fund, aimed to help our campers remain happy, healthy and ready to return to their summer homes in 2021. This Fund provided support for Amici families by way of gift cards, alternative camp programming and camping equipment, supplies and apparel.
Amici launches a new name and visual identity. Our new name provides our community with a clear and concise understanding of who we support and what we provide. Our new visual identity captures the activities, environment and seasonal events associated with camp life. The green of the forest, blue of the waterways, orange of a glowing campfire and yellow of summer sunshine embody the camp spirit and together better capture the essence of what Amici is all about.