Amici's Virtual Canoe Heads for Kids 2021 participants
Amici's Virtual Canoe Heads for Kids 2021 a Tremendous Success!
Never has there been a day so full of camp, hope and life-changing magic! Amici's Virtual Canoe Heads for Kids 2021 presented by Canadian Tire Leaside was a resounding success in every sense of the word, raising $252,000 (and counting) in support of sending Amici campers back to their summer homes in 2021.
On Saturday, June 5, 140 participants took to the streets, their homes and their screens to share the magic of camp with their network and raise critical funds to support Amici campers. Instead the traditional 15 km portage and paddle, our Canoe Heads completed 15 km journeys of their own, including bike rides, walks, runs, paddles and even a couple full and half marathons! OR they completed 15 camp activities in the comfort of their home, including virtual polar dips, flag raising, s'more making, axe throwing, crafts, swimming lessons, rest hour, cabin clean up, writing letters home and taps just to name just a few!
Toronto was blanketed in bright yellow t-shirts and our Canoe Heads were also seen throughout Ontario in Barrie, Elora, Guelph, Haliburton, Oakville, Ottawa and across Canada in Canmore, Edmonton, Vancouver and Victoria and even in California and New York!
There is no doubt it has been a challenging year, and through it all, our Canoe Heads continued to advocate for Amici campers and ensure their summers are bright with possibility and that oh so amazing camp magic.
Summer 2021 is going to be a unique summer. We are absolutely thrilled that Ontario overnight summer camps have been given the opportunity to open, ensuring the utmost health and safety of their campers and staff members. After nearly two years without camp, this means Amici campers will finally return to their beloved summer homes where they belong.
Simultaneously, many of our partner camps have chosen not to open this summer. We support their decision to do what is best for the communities they serve. As such, we will once again be supporting our campers who are unable to attend their beloved summer homes this year with the Amici 2021 Camper Support Fund.
Similar to last summer, we will be providing funding for Amici families whose camps are not opening in the way of alternative camp programming, including day camps, arts camps, sports camps, leadership programming and swim and life-saving courses, just to name a few. Some of our camps are even pivoting to a Family Retreat model and we will be supporting our campers and families to attend these programs as well.
Our ultimate goal for the Amici 2021 Camper Support Fund is to help our campers bring the magic of camp home. Though it will not replace the real deal, we do believe that this will contribute to happy and healthy campers, ready to return to camp in 2022.
And certainly, none of this would be possible without the incredible advocacy, enthusiasm and generosity of our Canoe Heads 2021 participants!
Thank you to our participants, donors, sponsors and volunteers for all you have done and continue to do to support campers this year, as well as next summer and for summers to come. It is special, it is meaningful and it is life changing.