Important Information in Response to COVID-19

National Summer Camps Program

This year marks the 7th year of the National Summer Camps Program for children and families of the Canadian Armed Forces Community. This extremely popular program provides grants for children from military families to attend a weeklong, accredited summer camp of their choice.

 
By participating, children have the chance to feel like they belong, boost their confidence, and feel more in control of their lives.
 
Thanks to donations from everyday Canadians, Support Our Troops sends nearly 500 kids to camp each summer!

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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Support Our Troops had previously made the decision to postpone the National Summer Camps Program. This measure was taken to protect both campers and camp staff and was based on regulations and restrictions that were put in place by local health authorities across Canada. Several provinces have already announced the cancellation of overnight camps for kids this year, but most provinces will continue to allow for day camps. Therefore, Support Our Troops is pleased to announce that the National Summer Camps Program will open for applications exclusively for day camps on Monday, June 15. We will continue to prioritize first-campers who have yet to experience the joy of summer camp.

The following summer camp grants are available:

  • ​Up to $400 for a week-long day camp
  • Up to $1,100 for a week-long day camp for a special needs child
Eligible applicants will be considered for funding for ONE WEEK of camp per year. Combining multiple weeks of camp to obtain the maximum camp grant is prohibited. Doing so ensures that more children get to experience the joy of summer camp.

Who is eligible?

Supporting documents required at the time of application

Dependents of deceased Canadian Armed Forces members.

No documentation required.

Dependents of currently serving ill or injured members of the Canadian Armed Forces being supported through the Canadian Armed Forces Transition Units and Transition Centres (CAF TU/CAF TC).

Copy of posting message to CAF TU/CAF TC
 

OR

Letter from Chain of Command, or
Copy of Member Personnel Record Resume (MPRR) indicating diagnosis of illness or injury.

Dependents of currently serving Canadian Armed Forces members who are currently deployed, on a prolonged course or training program, scheduled for deployment, or serving away from their families.

Copy of deployment message

OR

Copy of prolonged training course or tasking record

OR

Letter from the Chain of Command supporting the deployment.

Special needs dependents of currently serving Canadian Armed Forces members

AND/OR

One of their siblings.

Diagnosis letter from a medical organization or representative.

Military families who do not fit the above eligibility but have dealt with other unique challenges or circumstances may still be considered if recommended by their commanding officer.

Letter of nomination from their Chain of Command.

Application Process:

  • Select an accredited camp in your province or territory
  • ​Complete the Support Our Troops National Summer Camp Grant Application Form (see Apply Now)
  • Applications will be reviewed by the Support Our Troops Camp Coordinator*
  • All successful applicants will be notified by email with the details of their grant and further instruction.

*Please note that Support Our Troops prioritizes first-time applicants.

Receiving the Grant:

Please note that grants are distributed after your child has returned from camp. Following your child’s return from camp, you will need to provide the following:

  • Camp invoice/receipt showing proof of payment
  • Proof of attendance, such as a descriptive testimonial along with photos or a letter from the camp.

The last day to submit paid invoices and proof of attendance is September 30, 2020. Missing this deadline could result in you forfeiting your grant.

The grant money will be distributed as a direct payment to your bank account, which may take four to six weeks.
 
If you choose to register a child for camp prior to receiving a grant approval and pay a non-refundable deposit, you are responsible for this fee if your grant is not approved.​
 
Eligible applicants will be considered for funding for ONE WEEK of day camp per year. Combining multiple weeks of camp to obtain the maximum camp grant is prohibited. Doing so ensures that more children get to experience the joy of summer camp.

  • Grants are intended to help with the cost of camp fees only. Other use of these funds will be subjected to the Code of Service Discipline.
  • Reserve Force members must be on a current contract of 180 days or more; and
  • Grants are distributed for one week only, per child, per summer.
  • Support Our Troops prioritizes first-time applicants.
  • Support Our Troops is not responsible for reimbursement of any fees or charges related to the cancellation of any summer camp.  For the 2020 camp season, all applying families are encouraged to verify with their camp of choice for information on any specific cancellation policies, and/or related charges.
  • Day camps must be accredited by provincial camp associations.

  • Day camps may include Personnel Support Program (PSP) or municipally run programs.

  • ​Support Our Troops is not responsible for reimbursement of any fees or charges related to the cancellation of any summer camp. For the 2020 camp season, all applying families are encouraged to verify with their camp of choice for information on any specific cancellation policies, and/or related charges.

Accredited Camp Associations:

Canadian Camping Association http://www.ccamping.org/
BC Camping Association http://bccamping.org
Alberta Camping Association http://www.albertacamping.com
Saskatchewan Camps Association http://www.saskcamping.ca
Manitoba Camping Association http://www.mbcamping.ca
Ontario Camps Association http://www.ontariocampsassociation.ca
Association des camps du Québec http://camps.qc.ca/en/parents-et-enfants/accueil
New Brunswick Camping Association http://www.nbcamping.ca
Camping Association of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island http://www.canspei.ca/
Newfoundland/Labrador Camping Association http://www.ccamping.org/contact-us/provincial-camping-associations/


Popular Summer Camp Locations:

Camp Maple Leaf www.campmapleleaf.net
Camp Manitou (Manitoba) http://campmanitou.mb.ca/
PSP Summer Camps www.cafconnection.ca/National/Programs-Services/Recreation/PSP-Day-Camps.aspx
Muskoka Woods Camp www.muskokawoods.com
Camp Thunderbird YMCA https://vancouverislandy.com/program-services/outdoor-education-overview/summer-camp-overview/
Camp Kéno www.campkeno.com
Frontier Trails Summer Camp www.frontiertrailscamp.com
Camp Imadene www.imadene.com
Camp Trois-Saumons www.camps-odyssee.com/trois-saumons
Circle Square Ranch https://ivcf.ca/camp/find-a-camp/
Camp Summit www.campsummit.ca
National Summer Camps Program Coordinator

Email: camps@cfmws.com
Phone: 613-947-3839
 

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