United Church camping programs give kids a chance to breathe fresh air, and run in the wild while encouraging them to develop self-esteem, independence, and a perspective on life's big questions.
Toronto United Church Council provides the properties free of charge for four camps: Camp Big Canoe, Camp Simpresca, Lake Scugog Camp, and Sparrow Lake Camp. We also work closely with Ryde Lake Girls' Camp. We are committed to helping all five camps ensure that their facilities remain safe and healthy. As part of these efforts, Council and the camps have sent walkers and runners to participate in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon Charity Challenge for the past six years. Our annual walk/run is known as the "Pass It On! Walk and Run" because it's a chance for those who have enjoyed camp themselves or seen what it can accomplish in the lives of others to give something back. Last year, our cumulative fundraising total topped $100,000, a real accomplishment!
Marathon proceeds have helped complete a variety of projects — from refurbishing dining halls and lodges to completing access roads and installing new roofs. Upgrades and repairs like these are an important and ongoing expense. Please consider supporting the continued health of our camping programs by joining the Pass It On! Walk and Run. You can support all of the camps or if you would like to raise funds for a particular camp you can do so by joining that camp's team after you register.
Each year more and more camp supporters come out to participate in a race event — 5k, half-marathon, or full marathon. The event is a lot of fun and you don't have to be a "runner" to join us. Just pick your distance and we'll help you invite your network of contacts to sponsor you. Anyone walking or running for the camps is eligible for special charity entry rates and if you commit to raising over $200 for the camps you can register for free! Please contact Ali Hayes at 905-771-5124 ex. 31 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how to register.