Camp Kirk is still relatively young. Indeed, exceptionalities such as Learning Disabilities, Attention Deficit Disorders and High Functioning Autism are only just beginning to gain their fair measure of recognition in the fields of mental health, education and recreation.
For that reason, our goals and aspirations are flexible and we acknowledge the fact that adjustments will have to be made along the way to suit the demands of the children and the families we serve.
Camp Kirk is presently seeking to expand in the following areas, hence the purpose for our fundraising:
- Experimental Learning and Adventure Based Programming through the expansion of our ropes course, climbing walls and our canoe tripping programme.
- Ecology and Natural Sciences, through the enlarging of the gardening programme and the possible inclusion of small farm animals care programme.
- The introduction of a combined Drama and Music program, including the building of an actual stage with sound, lights and seating to be located in our existing Recreation Hall.
- A new program held at camp during the shoulder seasons and/or Winter months to serve both as a feeder programme to the summer operation, but also as a "re-connecting" opportunity for our existing campers.
- A Family Support Group to allow parents of our campers the opportunity to come together, socialize, discuss issues and network with each other in an informal yet structured setting.
- An Advocacy Programme involving public speaking and media coverage throughout the year.
- Employment service for adults suffering from learning disabilities.
CAMP KIRK 2017 Priorities
- Rental of 2 vehicles for the summer to transport campers and equipment for canoe trips and other outdoor adventures: $7,500
- A playground structure to be installed in the main area of camp: $68,000
- Program equipment and supplies, pool toys, art & crafts supplies, ceramics supplies, camping supplies, new utility balls and land toys, basketballs etc.: $5,000
- Sanitary and cleaning supplies: $1,300
- 2 new 16.6 Prospector canoe for our canoe tripping program: $5,800
- A swing set: $13,000
- A bouncing castle set: $3,500
- The installation of a Team Swing Shot (high rope element) to replace our existing Zip line: $30,000
Since its inception in 1993, Camp Kirk has generated operational funds through camper fees, fundraising events, private and corporate donations.
All of our fundraising is done in house by our administrative team or by groups of volunteers and by members of our Board of Directors.
To keep the camp accessible to as many children as possible, we have kept our camper fees low while maintaining fiscal responsibility.
It is vital that Camp Kirk continues to exist and realize its goals and aspirations.
We need more champions to help us achieve and hopefully exceed these goals.
Every year, since 1992, we have held a fall fundraising event for the benefit of Camp Kirk. Over the years, it has become our most significant source of funding, thanks to the financial contributions made by many corporations and individuals.
2016 Foundation Donors
- The Boland Foundation
- Unity for Autism
- The Jack and Anne Mollenhauer Family Foundation
- The Mariano Elia Foundation
- The Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Foundation
- The Midloch Foundation
Previous Foundation Donors
- The Nixon Charitable Foundation
- The W.C. Kitchen Family Foundation
- The Harold A. Kopas Family Foundation
- The John M. and Bernice Parrott Foundation
- The Temerty Family Foundation
- The Charles H. Ivey Foundation
- The Langar Foundation
- The MDRT Foundation Canada
- Arrell Family Foundation
- The Harold E. Ballard Foundation
- E. & G. Odette Foundation
- Sir Joseph Flavelle Foundation
- The Commonwealth Foundation.
We would like to acknowledge and thank those who have so generously contributed to this year's fundraising event.
We would also like to thank the following Friends of Camp Kirk:
- The Bishop Strachan School
- GB Catering
- Paul and Vicki Hand
- David and Stacey Sharpe
- Jay and Jane Lewis.
The annual cost of operating Camp Kirk is well over $575,000
Here are some facts about learning disabilities which may best illustrate the reasons for Camp Kirk’s existence and it’s mission:
- 1/10 Canadians has some degree of learning disabilities.
- The most common long-term condition suffered by children up to the age of 14 is learning disabilities.
- Only 3% of school age children with learning disabilities receive special services within schools.
- The majority of students with learning disabilities are either not identified or receive minimal service.
- Almost 60% of adolescent suicides had previously been diagnosed as having learning disabilities.
- In the past 2 decades, the link between learning disabilities and delinquent or criminal behaviour has been established and confirmed.
- Research shows that between 40-70% of young offenders have learning disabilities.
- To keep a young offender in a group home the annual cost is $70,000. A reform centre is $95,000.