Camps of Hope

The Camps of Hope program pays the camp registration fees for families in need. We strive to give all children and youth the opportunity to experience the fun of being a child and not be excluded from the activities their friends are enjoying.


Camps of Hope provides the experience of going to camp, whether it is an outdoor camp, day camp, arts, or sports camp, to those who may otherwise not get to experience it. Camp can be an enriching experience and for some, their first chance to venture outside their neighborhoods. For others, it is an exciting opportunity for exploration and growth.

Camps of Hope provides the experience to children for the opportunity to develop their social skills, self-esteem, self-confidence, independence, and leadership skills. Camps of Hope is available throughout the year, during March break, the summer, and winter breaks.

Camps of Hope provides an escape from the ordinary for children and youth. Children and youth will learn new interests, break away from technology, and get a sense of belonging.

All the opportunities children and youth will have at camps will be a direct link to good mental health. Good mental health in children and youth is of the utmost importance as it will set them up to be successful in their adult lives. Children and youth who have good mental health enjoy life, learn well, get along with others, feel happy and positive, and most importantly can be kind to themselves in situations that may not be positive.

In 2015 The Children’s Foundation funded a RAP Camp for Youth through the Camps of Hope program. It is projects like these that can help you to understand just how important your support is. Take a listen and if you would like more information on where you can purchase this CD call our office at 613-962-9292


Eligibility for Camps of Hope


Register a minimum of 10 business days prior to the start of the camp to ensure the application will be processed

  • Recipients must be between the ages of 3-21 years

  • Families must reside in Hastings, Northumberland, or Prince Edward Counties and be unable to pay the registration costs

  • Families may apply for up to $500 (per child) per calendar year

  • Funds are awarded for registration fees only

  • Funding must be for camp purposes only

  • Proof of Employment and additional info may be required to process the application

  • All application forms must be fully completed for the application to be processed

  • Payment will be made directly to the organization/program

  • Organizations must provide proof of registration before payment will be issued

  • Families are asked to contribute a minimum of 10% of the registration fees if possible

  • Applicants and organizations will be notified within 10 business days of receipt of their fully completed application regarding approval status if possible

  • Families involved with HSCA are automatically approved and not required to send proof of income but must provide the name of their current social worker through HSCA

  • Families on ODSP or OW are automatically approved but required to send proof of social assistance

  • Families not involved with HSCA or on ODSP or OW, are required to send proof of income. Please attach to your form, or send a separate email to with the first and last name of the child in the subject line


How can Families Apply?

  • Print the attached PDF form and send a photo or scan it to

  • Include photos of corresponding documents as required