In south central Ontario five United Church camps provide safe, fun, and inclusive wilderness experiences for 2,300 children and youth each year. The camps give kids a chance to breathe fresh air and run in the wild while encouraging the development of self-esteem, independence and a perspective on life’s big questions. Toronto United Church Council provides the properties for four of the camps — Camp Big Canoe, Camp Simpresca, Lake Scugog Camp, and Sparrow Lake Camp — and works closely with the fifth, Ryde Lake Camp. We are committed to helping ensure that all of the camps’ facilities remain safe and healthy. As part of these efforts, Council and the camps have participated in the Charity Challenge since 2008. It’s a chance for those who have enjoyed camp themselves or who have witnessed what it can accomplish in the lives of others to give something back. Over the years we have raised nearly $140,000 for United Church camping!
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 represent an ongoing expense. Please consider supporting the continued health of our camping programs by walking or running on October 16. Your efforts can support all of the camps or you can join one of the camp teams and the proceeds from your efforts will go to them.
The event is a lot of fun. Just pick your distance and we’ll help you invite your network to sponsor you. Anyone walking or running for the camps is eligible for a special charity entry rate (use code 165k for the 5k, 16st for the 5k with baby stroller, and 1642k for the half or full marathon) and if you raise over $200 we will reimburse your entry fee. For more information or assistance with registration please contact Ali Hayes at 905-771-5124 ex. 31 or firstname.lastname@example.org.