Tim Horton Children’s Foundation
Who We Are
Tim Horton Children’s Foundation (the Foundation) was established in 1974 in memory of the great hockey player and company founder Tim Horton. Created as a way to honour Tim’s memory and to keep alive his love for helping those less fortunate, the Foundation provides an enriching and memorable camp experience for children and youth living in economically disadvantaged homes. The first camp was opened in 1975 in Parry Sound, Ontario, and hosted 200 campers in its first summer. Since then, we have grown to five camps in Canada and one in the United States, hosting over 17,000 children and youth in 2013. For further information on the Foundation visit www.thcf.com.
The Foundation camp programs are designed to support youth in becoming responsible, caring and motivated individuals. When they return home from camp, they bring with them a more positive attitude about their future and the confidence to achieve the goals they learned to set for themselves at camp. When asked by the Foundation if their child talks more positively about the future after returning from camp, one parent responded: “Oh yes! She is so excited about her future; the camp was like a diving board. She was not sure what she wanted to do and now she is positive that becoming a teacher is her goal.” Campers learn how to set and achieve their goals, and are mentored by positive role models who encourage them to reach for the sky.
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Coming in 2015:
Manitoba Youth Leadership Camp
Campers participate in an off-site backcountry trip during each level of the Youth Leadership Program. These trips are an intentional way for the Foundation to teach the core values of teamwork and leadership. These camping trips provide the opportunity for an intimate, remote, and nature-based experience. Campers gain confidence in themselves and their team as they negotiate and navigate through challenging personal and group experiences. They also gain confidence in their abilities as they look to future challenges and build awareness of the sensitivity and delicate balance of the natural environment.
Funding for Our Camps
Funding for the Foundation comes primarily from donations from our Restaurant Owners, suppliers and the public through our counter coin boxes located year-round at our restaurants. Throughout the year, a number of fundraising events are also held such as annual golf tournaments and banquet dinners.
The largest single fundraising event is our annual Camp Day. Camp Day is the one day (during the first week of June) where our Restaurant Owners donate 100% of their coffee proceeds, plus other funds raised throughout the 24-hour period, to the Foundation. In 2013, Camp Day raised over an incredible $11.5 million.
Environmental Programs at Our Camps
Environmental programming is a key part of a camper’s experience with the Foundation. Each camp infuses the environment into their programs in their own way, by exploring and discovering the unique natural regions which surround each camp. Below are details of some of the environmental programming found at the Foundation camps.
Tim Horton Childrens Camp Marine Centre
Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia
The goal of the Marine Centre is to educate our youth about the various assortments of marine life found along the coast of the Northumberland Strait in the Atlantic Ocean. Posters, identification keys and photos are used as teaching and self-discovery tools for participants, to provide them with information on the creatures of the sea. Touch tanks are set up to offer tangible examples of different environments that exist along our coast so that participants are able to experience ocean life and its many wonders.
Camp des Voyageurs Tim Horton’s Nature Classroom
The Nature Classroom is designed to inspire children to discover the natural environment that surrounds them at Camp des Voyageurs Tim Horton. Campers have the opportunity to care for live animals that live in the surrounding environment, such as fish and turtles. Campers also learn basic principles of environmental sustainability by participating in a craft that they create out of recycled and natural materials. The Nature Classroom leaves campers with a greater appreciation of the natural environment that surrounds them as well as the role they play in it.
Tim Horton Children’s Ranch Environmental Discovery Centre and Responsible Energy Use Plan
At the Environmental Discovery Centre, campers learn more about the environment and discover how they can make their world a better place to live. Campers learn about environmental awareness and responsibility, community contribution (at camp and at home), discover local history, culture, and geography and develop an understanding of global environmental issues, while learning about alternative energy possibilities.
At the Ranch, campers learn about ways to lessen their impact on the environment and are encouraged to reduce their energy use. Water is conserved, lights and electronics are turned off when not in use, recycling is encouraged and water bottles are reused. Campers do their part and work together in being responsible for the environment.
Tim Horton Memorial Camp Hiking and Overnight Program
Parry Sound, Ontario
Within the Environmental Hiking Program, campers learn about the different types of plant and animal life that surround the camp. The solar system, stars and constellations are also discussed during the evening portion of the hike, to increase campers’ understanding of the wonders and opportunities that surround them. This program also encourages them to step outside their comfort zone and experience something new.
During the summer months, campers also participate in overnight trips where they use and learn about composting toilets, the principles of Leave No Trace® camping, and also explore the local flora and fauna.
Campers also learn about ways to be aware of and lessen their impact on the environment and are encouraged to reduce their energy use while at camp as well as at home.
Tim Horton Camp Kentahten’s “Think Green” Program
In Camp Kentahten’s Nature Centre the focus is on allowing campers to experience nature in a fun and educational way. Campers participate in a variety of activities that focus on animal adaptation, behaviour, conservation, and education on Leave No Trace® principles. The goal of the program is to help campers develop an understanding of the balance in nature and increase their appreciation of the beauty and adventure that can be found in their backyard and neighborhoods through fun and educational interactions with the outdoors. Campers also enjoy learning about the flora and fauna native to Kentucky, and to the camp’s own Green River Lake.
Tim Horton Onondaga Farms Environmental Programming
St. George, Ontario
Campers at the Farm participate in a wide variety of environmental programming focused around agriculture, sustainability and conservation. Campers have the opportunity to explore the “Living Lab” with a large variety of animal and plant life, and take part in a pond study on one of the many wetlands that share the camp property. Campers also spend time in the Barn interacting with the variety of farm animals or help to grow fruits and vegetables in the greenhouse and organic garden.
All departments at the Farm are committed to responsible energy use. This is a part of everyday life at the camp so participating youth can set environmental goals for themselves and take back ideas to implement at home.