Camp Begins at The...

Nov 22, 2023

We first met Ethan and his family when he was undergoing treatment for his brain tumour. At McMaster Children’s Hospital, our program specialists would visit Ethan at his bedside, working around his various appointments. Whenever Campfire Circle’s In-Hospital Program Specialists came to visit, he would always light up, sit up tall, eager to play games, […]...Learn More

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Bonfire Bash Raises $1.75...

Nov 16, 2023

On Thursday, November 2, Campfire Circle hosted Bonfire Bash, held at the Fort York Armoury in Toronto. The event brought together more than 700 guests to raise $1.75 million in support of our critical year-round programs for kids with cancer or serious illness and their families. Presented by GFL Environmental Inc., the evening celebrated 40 […]...Learn More

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LCBO Supports Campfire Circle...

Nov 13, 2023

LCBO has been supporting Campfire Circle for 30 years. It all started with its annual charity BBQ at the Queen’s Quay location in 1992, a much-anticipated event that has raised more than $3.4 million since its inception. What started as a small gathering has grown to include the community with the support of the LCBO […]...Learn More

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Zellers plush bear Zeddy...

Oct 26, 2023

Zeddy, the beloved stuffed bear that captured the hearts of Canadians for decades is back. With every purchase of the plush bear, $5 will go to support Campfire Circle in delivering healing through happiness to kids with cancer or serious illness and their families. Zeddy has been part of the Campfire Circle family since 2012, […]...Learn More

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R2//NYC Raises Over $760,000

Oct 15, 2023

On Tuesday, September 19, the R2//NYC team of 41 cyclists departed from Toronto to embark on a five-day, 850-km journey to New York City, raising much-needed funds for Campfire Circle. Hailing from the Greater Toronto Area, Niagara region, Kitchener-Waterloo, Caledon, and Huntsville, this passionate group of riders united to support kids with cancer or serious […]...Learn More

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Oct 03, 2023

“I’ve been a camp volunteer for 17 years, since I was in high school and did a co-op placement at Sick Kids. I knew right away: I need to do this, I love this. Today, I’m a social worker with a focus on kids and families and camp will always be part of my life […]...Learn More

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Your Fall Camp Adventure...

Oct 02, 2023

CAMP ADVENTURE UPDATES! Stories about how you’re helping right now, and all year long! Together with donors’ amazing support, we are welcoming campers for daily adventures and events. Here are just a few kids and families who are impacted by your kindness and generosity. NOAH’S CAMP ADVENTURES: MADE POSSIBLE BECAUSE OF YOU! “Noah gave camp […]...Learn More

noah on the accessible high ropes course at camp, with volunteer by his side

From the hospital to...

Oct 01, 2023

Six-year-old Kaley met Campfire Circle’s team on the day she was diagnosed with T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Cancer was just the beginning of Kaley’s challenging health journey. It was in December 2019 when she began treatment at SickKids, and their lives were about to change dramatically. “That was a tough time,” says her mom, […]...Learn More

kaley standing at the dock at camp holding a fish she caught

Trent University Study

Sep 05, 2023

How We Measure Healing Through Happiness We often speak about the healing power of camp, but what does it mean? How can we measure healing? In 2022, Campfire Circle partnered with researchers from Trent University to study the psychosocial outcomes of overnight camp for kids with cancer who often miss out on childhood experiences due […]...Learn More

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The Power of Camp...

Aug 24, 2023

“My story of camp began in 2008. I was first introduced to Campfire Circle (then called Camp Ooch) after my sister, Haddan, was diagnosed for the second time with ependymoma. When we dropped Haddan off at camp, I remember thinking how cool the Muskoka site was and how fortunate she was to be able go. […]...Learn More

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R2//NYC Rider Profile –...

Aug 22, 2023

With R2//NYC on the horizon, we’re excited to showcase some of our dedicated rider community. We sat down with Laura D’ Andrea, R2//NYC’s route guru, leadership committee member, previous team captain and all-star rider. Campfire Circle: Can you tell us about yourself and your connection to camp? Laura Andrea: It was through R2//NYC that I […]...Learn More

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Your Camp Adventure Updates!

Jul 26, 2023

CAMP ADVENTURE UPDATES! Stories about how you’re helping right now, and all summer long! Together with donors’ amazing support, we are welcoming campers for daily adventures and events. Here are just a few kids and families who are impacted by your kindness and generosity. Follow That Butterfly! Alyssa’s Story Alyssa was just three years old […]...Learn More

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I give because every...

Jul 26, 2023

“I give because every kid needs camp: I know I did.” Ali’s Story I was 12 going on 13, just about to start grade 8, when I was diagnosed with leukaemia. At first, everything happened very fast. But my treatment lasted for more than three years, and those days, weeks, and months in isolation were […]...Learn More

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Helping Children Find Joy...

Jul 18, 2023

It was January 2021, the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, when three-and-a-half-year-old Elliana was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Elliana began her treatment at SickKids in Toronto. It was an isolating time and her treatment was challenging and often painful, says her mom, Amy. While Elliana was in the hospital, the Campfire Circle In-Hospital […]...Learn More

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A Family Affair for...

Jun 30, 2023

The McConnell Classic is more than an annual golf tournament. It’s a tradition that’s almost as old as the camp it supports. Celebrating 30 years, the McConnell Classic began with John, whose wife, Gretta, was diagnosed with breast cancer more than 35 years ago. Being in the Muskoka community, the McConnells heard about a camp […]...Learn More

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My Day at the...

Jun 28, 2023

As a former camper and now a summer intern at Campfire Circle, I had a great time at the Rainbow Lake Open House! When our guests arrived, I joined with the other tour guides to take the groups of visitors on a tour of camp. The tours were a lot of fun and it was […]...Learn More

stef and fellow intern at camp rainbow lake

Without Trust, There Would...

Jun 18, 2023

In order to run a successful camp experience, we rely on the support of donors, volunteers, and staff. But at the core is the trust from caregivers who give us permission to take care of their kids, whether it’s in hospitals, in the community or at overnight camp. Without this privilege, there would be no […]...Learn More

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Top Five Tips for...

Jun 12, 2023

It’s your first time volunteering at overnight camp. You’ve got butterflies in your stomach – both nervous and excited about the opportunity. Here are some top tips and tricks from Bryn, a seasoned volunteer, to help make your first volunteer experience a memorable one. Set clear boundaries with your cabin kids about sleep. Let them […]...Learn More

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Accessibility at Campfire Circle

Jun 07, 2023

One of our campers, Noah, was diagnosed with neuroblastoma when he was just three months old. Then, at six months old, he developed cancer in his spinal cord, which left him paralyzed. Camp is truly a magical place for him: fun, welcoming, and accessible. Thanks to the generous support of donors, he is able to […]...Learn More

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Team Chill Will: Meet...

Jun 05, 2023

Team Chill Will raised more than $25,000 for Campfire Circle at the Sporting Life 10K this year. The family’s connection to Campfire Circle during some of the hardest moments of their lives is one of the big reasons they decided to fundraise to support the organization. Here is their story. Lisa had no idea anything […]...Learn More

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Sporting Life 10K raises...

May 15, 2023

More than 16,000 runners, walkers and strollers hit Yonge Street on May 14, 2023, for the iconic Sporting Life 10K, presented by ASICS. For 23 years, on Mother’s Day, avid runners, families and fitness enthusiasts lace up to raise critical funds for kids and families affected by childhood cancer or serious illness. This year, the […]...Learn More

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Sporting Life 10K Event...

May 12, 2023

For the most up-to-date information, please keep an eye on your emails and Sportinglife10k.ca. If you have questions or concerns about the race day, please email Sportinglife10k@sportinglife.ca. This Sunday, May 14, marks the 23rd Sporting Life 10K, presented by ASICS. This sold-out event welcomes more than 16,000 runners, walkers and strollers to Yonge Street in […]...Learn More

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National Nursing Week: Meet...

May 09, 2023

Sarah Haze began volunteering as a nurse with Campfire Circle in 2014. She first heard about the charity through her younger cousin, Daniel, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2013. “It was such a challenging time and then my aunt and cousin got connected to Campfire Circle and Daniel got to go to overnight camp,” […]...Learn More

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Nurse Spotlight – Gabriella...

May 08, 2023

It’s National Nursing Week, and we want to highlight nurses who spend their time as volunteers with Campfire Circle. As a nurse in the Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) unit at SickKids, Gabriella Joyette sees many kids diagnosed with various blood cancers and blood disorders, such as leukemia and neuroblastomas. Gabriella’s experience with Campfire Circle led […]...Learn More

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All-Volunteer Conference

Apr 28, 2023

May 27 is our All-Volunteer Conference! On May 27th 2023, Campfire Circle will bring together our amazing volunteer community for a fun-filled day known as All Vol! On this day, we will connect, learn and play in person as we prepare for an incredible summer making a difference in the lives of kids and families […]...Learn More

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National Volunteer Week: Meet...

Apr 22, 2023

When you volunteer at Campfire Circle, you bring with you your passion, skills and your lived experiences. Enter James Noronha, a 46-year-old law student and Senior Consultant at Special Olympics Ontario, who has been volunteering with Campfire Circle since 2015. Even though he taught drama for the city and runs youth groups for social causes, […]...Learn More

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National Volunteer Week: Meet...

Apr 21, 2023

Finding the time to give back is one of the biggest challenges volunteers face. Nikki Nguyen, a 22-year-old medical student at McMaster University has been volunteering at Campfire Circle since 2018. Her older sister worked and volunteered at Campfire Circle and encouraged her to give it a try. While having a full course load was […]...Learn More

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Your Packing List: A...

Apr 18, 2023

You’re volunteering for the first time, and you want to ensure you’re well-prepared. While you do receive a general packing list before you head out, here are some of Bryn’s (Campfire Circle volunteer and self-proclaimed packing expert) absolute must-haves when heading out to overnight camp. Comfort above all else! Leave your fancy outfits at home […]...Learn More

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National Volunteer Week: Meet...

Apr 17, 2023

Happy National Volunteer Week! To celebrate, we are excited to recognize our many volunteers and share their stories. Volunteers at Campfire Circle are the heart of all our programs and summer camps. They come from different walks of life but dedicate their time to helping kids and families across Ontario affected by cancer and serious […]...Learn More

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Sporting Life 10K Team...

Apr 06, 2023

Steve Pimentel is a long-time Sporting Life 10K team captain. With 11 years under his belt, Steve shares with us some of his key learnings about how he motivates his team and how he raises as much money as possible. Campfire Circle: Steve, you have spearheaded two successful Sporting Life 10K corporate teams. What’s your […]...Learn More

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