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Welcome to Campfire Circle!

Campfire Circle provides camp-inspired programs that empower children affected by serious illness to build friendships and social skills, develop self-confidence and resiliency, and improve their overall well-being. We deliver year-round programs in children’s hospitals across Ontario, at our community-based activities, and at our medically-supported overnight camps. Our programs are fully accessible and offered at no cost to families. To learn more, please scroll down or click on the Program Brochure link to view our current offerings. You can also use our contact form below to connect with one of our family liaisons.

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How we help

We’re a privately funded, volunteer-based organization that provides families affected by childhood cancer unique opportunities for growth through challenging, fun, enriching and magical experiences. All of our programming is provided free of charge.

At camp, you’re never alone – you’ll meet kids and families just like yours. We offer a wide range of programs for kids affected by childhood cancer and siblings, ages 0-18.

Some Campers are newly diagnosed and on active treatment, while others have been in remission for years. We also have special programs for bereaved children who have lost a sibling to cancer.

We have something for the whole family.

will and his family sitting on the dock at camp

Camp is a place where you meet people who've gone through what you’ve gone through. You’re no longer different, you’re just the same. You can reach goals that seem impossible elsewhere.

— Camper

Camp programs & locations

In-hospital programs

We run fun and interactive programs year-round for children ages 0-18 in a number of specialized paediatric care centres across Ontario: SickKids, McMaster Children’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital at London Health Sciences Centre, Credit Valley Hospital (Trillium Health Partners), Rouge Valley Centenary (Scarborough Health Network) and Southlake Regional Health Centre. Programing during the pandemic may ebb and flow depending upon local community directives.

In-hospital programs are facilitated by our staff and volunteers, and are available to patients and their siblings. We foster fun and friendship in a hospital environment with arts and crafts, games, theme days and science experiments in our in-patient and out-patient clinics. New since 2020 are virtual camp equivalents!

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Camper in disguise with IV being rolled on chair by volunteer in the hospital

Community programs

Experience the magic of camp across Ontario in Toronto, Hamilton, London, Ottawa and Sudbury. Community programs give year-round opportunities for Campers and families to have fun together and meet others with similar experiences. We’ve got something for every member of the family. New since 2020 are virtual camp equivalents, available to all eligible families, anywhere in Ontario!

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Day Camps

We typically offer summer day camp programs in Toronto, Ottawa, London and Hamilton. We also offer March Break Day Camps throughout the province.  At day camp, Campers get a full week of new experiences, friendship and fun!

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Overnight Camp

Overnight Camp is offered in all four seasons. Even Campers undergoing the most intense stages of their cancer treatment can attend. Immersed in nature, camp helps kids recapture a spirit of fun, friendship, self-confidence, and independence.

At family camp, families leave their cares behind to enjoy special times together away from home and hospitals, make new friends and build memories that last a lifetime.

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Two campers hanging from giant swing in forest at CAMPFIRE CIRCLE Muskoka

Every summer, and on certain weekends throughout the year, we host all kinds of overnight programs for a variety of Campers. Please see our brochure for modifications in 2022:

  • General Sessions – one and two-week sessions for children with cancer.
  • Bereaved Sibling Camp – a one-week session in summer and weekend sessions in the fall and winter that are offered for bereaved siblings (ages 6-18).
  • Sibling Camp – a one-week session in the summer for children who have a sibling with cancer (ages 6-18).
  • Family Camp – Offered as 5-day sessions in the summer or weekend sessions in fall and winter for children with cancer and their families, including siblings.
  • Weekends at Camp (WACs) – fall and winter “booster shots of Camp” to help Campers get a taste of overnight camp, or reconnect with camp friends (ages 5-18).
  • 7Scape – a one-week experience for teens with cancer (ages 15-18).

Leadership programs

Campfire Circle offers various leadership programs and wilderness camping trips for teen Campers ages 14 -18 throughout the year. Through workshops, discussions and experiential learning, we help young adults build on existing skills and develop new ones. New in 2020 are virtual camp equivalents!

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Programs include (but not limited to):

  • High school credit program – teens with cancer can earn a Grade 11 health and physical education credit at overnight camp in the summer
  • Wilderness camping Trips – throughout the year for teens with cancer and bereaved siblings. Activities could include canoeing, hiking, snowshoeing and more
  • Community leadership programs – year-round for siblings, Campers and bereaved siblings
  • Leadership-in-training programs at overnight Camp – for teens with cancer and bereaved siblings (ages 16-18)

Bereaved Sibling and Family Programs

Our bereaved sibling and family programs are offered specifically for children who have had a sibling die from cancer, including their families, connecting them with others who share similar experiences. Bereaved siblings can participate in weekends at camp in the fall and winter, and a week-long summer camp is offered to families and kids. Bereaved family community programs also occur across the province.

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Virtual Programs

Virtual camp meets Campers wherever they are—in the hospital or at home, bringing playfulness, creativity, movement, and song into kids’ and families’ homes and hospital rooms across Ontario. Programs are wide-ranging from community campfires to game shows, music programs, trivia, crafts, magic, and more can be accessed from anywhere ensuring that everyone can be included.

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Laughing camper on canoe with volunteer in the lake at CAMPFIRE CIRCLE Muskoka

March Break day camp was our first real encounter with camp, so I was happy and thankful that camp is available in Ottawa.

— Rachel, grateful parent

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Questions about camp

Is my child eligible for camp programs?

We serve children and families affected by childhood cancer. Please complete and submit an inquiry form. A member of our medical team will be happy to follow up with you to discuss eligibility within 5 business days.

How much does camp cost?

Camp is free! All programs are offered at no cost to your family.

How long can my child come to camp?

Once a child comes to their first program, they can continue participating in camp programs until they turn 19 years old.

How do I register my child and family for camp programs?

You can register your family by logging into your Family Account. Once logged in, click on the enrollment tag to start selecting which programs your child or family would like to attend.

If you do not have a family account, please fill out an inquiry form. Our medical team will review your application and contact you if they have questions about your eligibility.

See what's happening at camp

Spring & Summer Programs
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Contact us

If you have any questions regarding registering for camp, please contact:

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