Amici Children's Camp Charity provides funding for children and youth from lower income households to attend an overnight summer partner camp in Ontario on a multi-year basis.
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, overnight camp is fun!
Amici and its partner camps commit to supporting each eligible camper to attend camp year after year until they have outgrown the program. Returning families complete a renewal application form in the fall for the upcoming season.
Over 75% of Amici campers return to their partner camp each summer.
Amici campers are from lower income households, have limited access to recreation programs and similar outlets, and are not receiving any other subsidized funding for overnight summer camp.
are children between the ages of 7-17
meet our financial eligibility criteria
Amici does not provide funding for day camps, family camps or school year camps.
Learn more about our Application Process.
Amici's Campership Program
Caregivers may request a specific partner camp, session length, or camps offering activities that meet the camper's interests. We do our best to honour these requests, but we can’t always guarantee availability. In cases where applicants do not have a specific session or camp request, we will advise of camp options available, helping to match a child and partner camp.
In addition to the regular camp program of one, two or four week-long sessions, many Amici partner camps also offer specialized programs including leadership training sessions, camps for children requiring additional support, and wilderness out trips.
Leadership Training Sessions
As a part of our Campership Program, Amici provides funding for Leadership Training Sessions on a case-by-case basis, in consultation with each partner camp and each Amici family.
Typically, these sessions are designed for youth between the ages of 14-17 years who have at least one year of camp experience. Please note that some leadership sessions require an additional camp application or selection process and space is often limited.
In 2022, 24 of our campers attended leadership training sessions for a total of 85 weeks!
Camps Providing Additional Support
If the child would benefit from a camp offering additional support for disabilities, Amici works with a number of camps who specialize in this programming. There is a different process for applications for these programs and camps.
First, choose the the Amici partner camp who you feel best meets the child’s unique needs. Apply directly to the camp, informing them that you are also applying for support through Amici. The partner camp will conduct an initial screening of each new applicant according to their typical application process. The camp will assess the child’s medical and developmental needs to determine if their camp is a suitable environment for the child.
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 campers at camps providing additional support without an accompanying referral from the partner camp. Many of Amici’s partner camps provide support for campers with unique needs but most cannot offer 1:1 support.
Wilderness Out Trips
Many Amici partner camps offer wilderness out trip opportunities within or in addition to their regular camp sessions. Out trips can range from one-night overnights to 20+ day wilderness excursions. Typically, campers have the chance to participate in longer out trips each year they return to camp. If your camper is interested in a camp which offers longer out tripping options, Amici can offer some suggestions among our partner camps.
Have you or your child attended camp through Amici in the past? We would love to hear from you! Get in touch with Jodie to share memories from camp, and the impact the experience had on you and your family.
We look forward to hearing from you!