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  • Type:
    Day camp, Overnight camp, Family programs , Virtual Camp/Program
  • Focus:
    Traditional (multi activity)
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  • Ages:
    1 to 18
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  • Programs:
    0 available; 2 TBD
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  • Summary

    Campfire Circle answered our questions

    Who are you as an organization?

    Campfire Circle brings healing through happiness to kids with cancer or serious illness and their families. Through our in-hospital, community, and overnight camp programs, we create free opportunities for children to build friendships and social skills, develop self-confidence and resiliency, and improve their overall well-being.

    • Special needs: Yes, specialized support.
      A few of our campers have special needs.
    • LGBTQ+ friendly community

    What do you do differently or uniquely well?

    "We believe that every child deserves to laugh, play, create memories and make lasting friendships. With the support of our generous donors, Campfire Circle is making this vision a reality for thousands of children affected by cancer or serious illness across Ontario. Recognizing the significant financial strain that accompanies a diagnosis of childhood cancer or serious illness, all of our programs are provided FREE of charge to families."

    Who are your staff and counsellors?

    "We’re a unique community of vibrant and committed professionals whose goal is to enrich the lives of kids and families affected by childhood cancer. Staff & volunteers are an integral part of camp life. Our medical teams are highly involved in programs, and the time spent at camp programs can often be as life-changing for the team as it is for the Campers and families they work with."

    What do families need to know about registration?

    "Families can visit our website to register for programs. If you are new, you can create an account here:"

  • Programs, Rates & Dates

    Programs and Sessions Calendar

    Choose the right programs and sessions for your child; Campfire Circle currently has 0 program available; 2 TBD.

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    Ages: 1 - 18
    Overnight Camp
    Traditional (multi activity)
    Ropes Course|Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills|Cooking|Ballet|Ballroom|Breakdancing|Hip Hop|Jazz|Guitar|Jam Camp|Music Recording|Musical instrument training|Piano|Songwriting|Acting (Film & TV)|Musical Theatre|Set and Costume Design|Theatre Arts|Playwriting|Podcasting|Puppetry|Sculpture|Storytelling|Arts & Crafts|Ceramics |Comic Art|Drawing|Mixed Media|Painting|Papier-mache|Pottery|Woodworking|3D Printing|Nature/Environment|Strength and Conditioning|Archery|Basketball|Hiking|Rock Climbing|Canoeing|Fishing|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Swimming|Waterskiing/Wakeboarding
    Ages: 1 - 18
    Day Camp
    Traditional (multi activity)
    Baking/Decorating|Comedy|Harry Potter|Guitar|Songwriting|Magic|Musical Theatre|Arts & Crafts

  • Insider Reviews & Perspectives

    The Our Kids review of Campfire Circle

    our take

    A truly unique camp, Campfire Circle is a healing camp specifically for kids and families affected by serious illness. Creating opportunities for kids to feel better, make friends, and develop essential life skills, this camp is free of charge. Even kids receiving active treatment can attend, as one of Campfire Circle’s overnight camps is fully equipped with IV, chemotherapy and blood transfusion equipment and supplies. Support is 1 on 1, so every kid can participate in the many recreation programs like canoeing, high ropes, campfires, and so much more. While laughter and great memories are undoubtedly the goal, there’s even more to this camp than that. Kids who feel different from other kids can enjoy their time here, knowing that other kids are going through similar struggles. They can be themselves and feel supported by the other campers, camp volunteers and the enthusiastic counselors. Campfire Circle’s programs are available as overnight, day, or in-hospital programs. Previous campers have called this camp magic, and how could you not? This can be an incredible experience for those who need it most.

  • Location & Gallery

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    Downtown West, Toronto
    464 Bathurst St, Toronto, Ontario, M5T 2S6
    Parry Sound, ON
    4256 Ontario 141, Muskoka, Ontario, P0B 1M0
    Southern Niagara Region, ON
    433 Thompson Road West, Waterford, Ontario, N0E 1Y0


    Sleeping Accommodations

    • Cabins


    • Electricity in Sleeping Area
    • Shower in Sleeping Area
    • Toilet in Sleeping Area

    Washrooms Facilities

    • Flush Toilets
    • Showers (indoor)

    More details about accommodations: Campfire Circle offers overnight camp experiences at two sites: the Rainbow Lake site near Waterford and Muskoka site near the town of Rosseau. At Rainbow Lake, we offer family camp where some families take their first vacation together and can spend time relaxing together with the support of the counsellors and medical staff. At Muskoka, we offer a kids’ camp experience. Our Muskoka site is the only camp in Canada equipped with IV, chemotherapy and blood transfusions so kids undergoing active treatment can attend.

    Are meals provided? Yes

    Property Details


    • Forested Area
    • Lake/Pond/River

    More details about property: Our overnight camp programs are offered year-round. Campers are supported and cared for 1:1 by volunteer cabin and activity counsellors, and have access to an on-site paediatric medical facility, staffed by a team of volunteer medical professionals to serve the up to 40 percent of campers on active treatment. Campers can explore nature, and take part in a full roster of accessible sports and recreation programs such as archery, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding, high ropes course, music, games, campfires and more.

    Rentals & Services

    Available for private rentals: Yes
    Campfire Circle Muskoka is a beautifully updated, modern, and accessible facility situated on 400 wooded acres surrounding our private lake just minutes from the picturesque town of Rosseau, Ontario. The facility boasts flexible breakout spaces, ample comfortable and winterized accommodations and wifi access, all nestled in the beautiful picturesque Muskoka. With countless program options to choose from we are confident Campfire Circle Muskoka will be a perfect location to create a memorable event. Rental information here:

  • What's New


    • Larissa's Story

      A Place I Can Just Be Myself

      I’m Larissa. When I was 11, I was diagnosed with osteosarcoma – a rare bone tumour. I did chemo for a few months then had an amputation to remove the tumour, got an artificial leg, and then another 6 months of treatment. Today, I don’t mind as much that I have a prosthetic leg and a lot of that is due to my experience at camp.

      Camp was probably the first place where I didn’t feel so different anymore. I was surrounded by people just like me having a great time and laughing, and it made me feel comfortable enough to just be myself and not the “kid with cancer”.


      So Many Firsts

      Camp has been a second home to me, and now that I’ve graduated I miss it so much more but hope to carry all the lessons I’ve learnt and experiences I’ve had for the rest of my life. This was the first place where I didn’t feel shy about my prosthetic leg, the first place I wore shorts and didn’t care if people noticed my leg or not. It was also my first time rock climbing, kayaking, water skiing, doing archery, dog sledding and much more.

      Camp holds a lot of firsts for me and I’ve made life-long friends along the way. As crazy as it sounds I wouldn’t change a thing. I wouldn’t wish not to have had cancer, or to still have my leg because that person wouldn’t be me anymore. I wouldn’t have gotten to go to camp and grow into the person I am today. And I wouldn’t trade any of that for the world!

    • Stefani's Story

      I was first introduced to camp when I was first diagnosed with cancer in 2014. It was a very hard time for both myself and my family but camp made it 10 times easier. The people there supported me, helped me through tough times and made me feel at home.

      Camp is a place for kids to be themselves and to forget the battles they are having to face every day. It’s a place where kids feel joy and happiness, and experience things they never have.

      When I was introduced to CAMPFIRE CIRCLE, I didn’t want to go because I was scared to be in an unfamiliar environment with other kids. I didn’t really understand exactly what camp was, so I thought I was still going to be different. I was also worried to open myself up about my cancer journey, and I thought I would have to talk about what happened to me in the past. I didn’t know what to expect or what I would be doing so I shut down the idea. Two years later, they told me about it again, and I was more open-minded, so I decided to go. That was probably the best decision I have ever made in my life.


      Discovering What I Am Capable Of

      My first time at camp was better than I imagined. I had so much fun and met the most amazing people. I did so many new things like waterskiing, ropes courses, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and camping trips. I never thought that I would experience those things until I went to camp. Camp is also very accommodating with each one of the Campers so I was never pushed to do anything I didn’t want to. I was only encouraged to try new things. Because of the encouragement I received, I did things I wouldn’t have thought I could achieve. That is another reason why I love camp. The Campers, as well as the counsellors made me believe in myself and helped me to realize the things I am capable of. There were moments when I felt discouraged, and I had the support to get me through it.


      Just Being Me

      The first time I went to camp I wore a wig. I always would wear it in public because I was never comfortable with people seeing me without it. On the bus ride there, I didn’t think anyone knew that I had one. When we got there it was hot, so I wanted to take off the wig and the girls who were in my cabin recognized that. Even before I took it off they told me that that was okay because we were in a place where it was normal and where people wouldn’t look at me like I was different.

      I remember feeling warm and happy and once I took the wig off and went outside I truly felt like I was myself again. I was finally done with hiding and feeling like the “different one”. Camp was the first place where I could be all of myself.

      CAMPFIRE CIRCLE is honestly one of the best places on Earth. Without it, there wouldn’t be a place where kids can just be kids and not be constantly reminded that they are different, because they aren’t. My camp experiences have affected me in many ways. It gave me friendships that will last a very long time. It gave me a place where I could be myself. It gave me an outlet to not feel different, and most importantly, it gave me another place to call home.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What types of programs does Campfire Circle offer?
    Campfire Circle runs: Traditional (multi activity) overnight camps, day camps. Browse the program calendar for rates and dates.

    What age does Campfire Circle start?
    Campfire Circle has programs for children aged 1 to 18.

    How much does is cost to attend Campfire Circle?
    Fees to attend Campfire Circle range from $1/week.

    Does Campfire Circle offer support for children with special needs?
    Campfire Circle has trained staff and programming designed to support children with special needs.

    Does Campfire Circle offer busing?
    Yes, Campfire Circle offers transportation. Find busing info and fees here.

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