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Impact you can trust

Since 1983, we’ve worked hard to ensure every dollar you donate serves a purpose and supports kids and families affected by childhood cancer.

Support healing through happiness

Campfire Circle is a privately funded, Ontario-based nonprofit whose goal is to help kids affected by childhood cancer be kids again, and help families connect with a community of strength and support when they need it the most. Every year, we recruit hundreds of  camp volunteers and medical staff/volunteers to spread the healing magic of camp.

Our in-hospital, community, overnight, and virtual camp programs are designed to help kids and their families at any stage of a child’s cancer journey. We also have palliative programs, and programs designed specifically for bereaved siblings.

All Campfire Circle programming is provided to families free of charge. None of this would be possible without our volunteers and generous donors like you.

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Like a regular camp, times 10

While at camp, Campers can reconnect with family or play, laugh, and grow with other kids like them—even while on active treatment.

Unique facilities combined with committed volunteers and oncology medical professionals, means that Campfire Circle plays an integral role in a kid’s circle of care, including their families.

Each year, 1,500+ kids and their families experience “healing through happiness” at Campfire Circle.

More about Campfire Circle Our history

Smiling campers sitting on floor of gym at CAMPFIRE CIRCLE Downtown

The attitude that Campers develop coming out of camp is an important part of their therapy and an important part of the healing process—it really helps them to fight their cancer better.

— Dr. Jim Whitlock, Hospital for Sick Children, Division Head Haematology/Oncology

Where your donations go

At Campfire Circle, every donation goes a long way.

75% of every dollar we receive goes directly into our programs—from helping us train the best volunteers and purchasing supplies to expanding our program offerings across the province. We’re also committed to making sure all our activities and facilities are safe and inclusive.

The remaining 25% goes toward organizational costs and fostering a community of engaged and committed donors. These costs are essential to help us reach our annual fundraising budget and remain accountable.

Campfire Circle annual & financial reports

 

Let’s bring more Campfire Circle to more kids!

Your donations will help us bring the healing power of fun, friendship, and self-confidence to kids and families wherever they are in their cancer journey—from hospital beds and waiting rooms to campfires and overnight canoe trips.

Our programs change lives, but as of right now, only 21% of kids with cancer in Ontario, and their families, have access to an oncology camp.

We need your help so that the remaining 79% of families affected by childhood cancer get to experience healing through happiness.

The cancer journey can be dark. And then there is camp—always a bright ray of sunshine. When Oscar was in the hospital, camp gave him something to look forward to each day.

— Heather, grateful parent

Read Oscar's story

Our 2022 roadmap

With your support, we strive to:

  • Bring camp experiences to more kids from all across Ontario, to families new to the concept of Camp, or new to the paediatric cancer journey
  • Establish camp-inspired programs in paediatric oncology centres in every corner of  Ontario
  • Broaden our virtual support to more parents and siblings, providing the whole family with an experience of caring and healing
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Help us reach every Ontario kid and their family affected by childhood cancer

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2021 accomplishments

500+

Summer camp kits delivered to Camper’s homes and hospital bedsides across Ontario

125

Families new to cancer access programs for the first time, and meet their new camp family

5K+

1-to-1 experiences created for kids at hospitals across Ontario, giving respite to families

“My mum always says that the doctors saved my life, but camp saved my soul."

— Sam, Camper

Other ways to give

Become a monthly donor

Join our CAMPFIRE CIRCLE to bring more camp to more kids. It's easy to join and your generosity will support Campers and families all year-round.

Become a corporate partner

We'll work with you to create a meaningful partnership that supports your goals and helps kids with childhood cancer and their families.

Stay in touch

Learn what’s happening at camp throughout the year with our Friends of Camp newsletter.