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United Church Camping in Toronto Conference

The best people to introduce camping in Toronto Conference are the campers and staff at our five great camps. Please watch the video below... 



Camping programs help children and youth develop healthy lifestyles, self-esteem, independence, leadership skills and environmental awareness. The camps' natural environment opens young minds to dream the impossible and contemplate life’s big questions.  Active, outdoor programming helps campers to develop practical physical skills. 



United Church camping programs are recognized for their excellence in leadership development, outdoor skills and environmental education, and for their inclusiveness. Camp staff and volunteer leadership provide great programming for children with special needs and to those whose families cannot fully fund their participation. Campers and staff represent many Christian faith groups, non-Christian faith traditions and families with no faith tradition at all. For a more detailed look at the ethos and principles that guide United Church camping, the resource Who We Are is available for your viewing.






Toronto United Church Council owns the land and buildings where Toronto Conference camps operate and provides them at no charge to the camping corporations. We are a proud partner in the care and development of our camping programs. Council has established and maintained funds for the capital care and maintenance of each of the camps. Individuals and congregations are invited to contribute to those funds by making a gift at any time of the year or by supporting Council's annual Pass It On! Marathon in October.



United Church camps host 2,200 children and youth from Toronto and southern Ontario every year.  We believe that no child should miss a chance to go to camp for a lack of money.  The Camping Opportunities fund quietly helps to send more than 500 children to camp each year. Contributions to this fund can be made online here. In 2013, a bequest launched the Camping Opportunities Endowment Fund that will help send kids to camp in perpetuity.


Camp Big Canoe for boys and girls is located near Fraserburg in the beautiful Muskoka district on a 240-acre wooded site surrounding Hart Lake. The program gives campers every opportunity to experience the challenge and rewards of outdoor living and to appreciate their natural environment. Centralized permanent buildings provide facilities for cooking, eating, crafts, health care, washrooms with showers and housing for senior staff. Campers and counsellors live in large airy tents on raised wooden floors. 

Camp Simpresca is situated on the wooded shore of beautiful Georgian Bay just 8 km. north of Midland. The 82-acre site provides an atmosphere that invites campers to challenge themselves physically, mentally, spiritually and socially. The camper cabins, program buildings and dining facilities are excellent. A new washroom centre has been built and other projects to enhance the site are underway. The camp has a large playing field, basketball court, archery range, woodland trails and sandy beach.

Lake Scugog Camp has been serving mothers, youth and children since the late 1920's. The camp is located on Lake Scugog, 22 km. east of Port Perry near the village of Nestleton. The site consists of 325 acres of varied terrain, including vast meadows, mixed forest, grass lawns, adventurous swamp and 1,100 feet of shoreline with a view of beautiful sunsets. Considerable planning and site improvements have been undertaken in recent years including the complete reconstruction of the camp’s main dining lodge.  Program facilities and buildings are continually being upgraded.

Begun in 1912, Sparrow Lake Camp provides the highest standards of residential camping for boys and girls. The property is set on 100 wooded acres with just under 2 km. of shoreline. The facilities include large cabins, modern washrooms and showers, a professional ropes course, safe sand beaches, a huge recreation hall, and a fully equipped kitchen. This marvelous setting provides an opportunity for campers and staff to enjoy and value the wonders of the natural environment.

Ryde Lake Camp is an independent affiliated girls' camp founded in 1952 as part of the Canadian Girls in Training program (CGIT). It serves 320 children and youth annually and benefits from the Camping Opportunities Fund and from Council’s management of the Ryde Lake Endowment Fund.


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The Toronto United Church Council works with the church community to connect resources with ministry. Offering access to professional advice, financial support and leadership development, Council helps our church address the social and spiritual challenges of the day.