Welcome to Campfire Circle School of Magic

camper and volunteer in harry potter costumes

This month, we hosted March Break day camps in both Toronto and Ottawa. Fifty-five kids aged 4-14 joined us on campus for the Campfire Circle School of Magic.
It was a full week of Hogwarts-style witchcraft and wizardry – we created our own magic wands, learned various potions and competed in a dragon egg drop challenge. We even took in rounds of Quidditch, riding on pool noodles and scoring soft balls through hula hoops (flying broomsticks were unavailable).

campers making magic potions at march break camp

Local magicians, James (in Toronto) and Chris (in Ottawa), taught us some tricks of the trade, which we practiced all week and showcased our talents on the last day in a magic show.

There was also magic in the kitchen. We learned how to stretch out dough to make our own pizzas, snacked on grilled cheese sandwiches and dipped strawberries in chocolate, which was a nice treat for the ride home.

group of campers with staff at march break camp

For kids who weren’t able to cast spells in person, Campfire Circle provided March Break at-home activity kits filled with arts and crafts, stargazing activities, and more. Just over 130 kits were mailed across Ontario, including Windsor, Sarnia, Petawawa and Meaford.

Day camps are a vital part of Campfire Circle’s programs as some children are not yet ready for the overnight camp experience.

“Day camps are fun, accessible ways for kids and families to participate in camp-inspired programs. And because they’re local, families are able to connect with other families in their own city and make new friendships,” says Linda Haycraft, Manager of Community Programs at Campfire Circle. “In fact, at this March Break, we had two boys who were from the same class at school!”

camper and volunteer at march break camp

Day camps also provide the opportunity for all kids in the same family to experience camp together as children with a diagnosis can come to camp with their siblings.
Run by a dedicated team of volunteers and Campfire Circle staff, our day camps provide kids with the skills to build resiliency and help reduce feelings of isolation, all at no cost to families.

Campfire Circle will be hosting summer day camps in Toronto and Ottawa. Ottawa day camp will be held from July 31-Aug 4 (ages 4-10) and Toronto day camp will be held from Aug 14-18 (ages 4-10).

We are actively recruiting volunteers for these sessions.

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