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Camp Erin® Toronto is made possible through your participation and the support of many dedicated volunteers. Volunteer to be a part of this incredible experience. With your help, Camp Erin® can bring critical life coping skills, hope, and healing to the grieving children and teens in our community.

Click the orange button below to get on the distribution list for communications about volunteering for Camp Erin Toronto. Each year we select 80-90 volunteers to support our overnight camp. We expect to launch volunteer applications in November and close in early January. Please note the applications has to be fully complete and submitted before the deadline to be considered for Camp. Volunteer interviews will be conducted in January and February.

All volunteers are required to participate in a number of trainings to prepare them for camp. Trainings amount to about 16 hours of time. Training provides volunteers the tools and understanding they need to support our campers.

ACTIVITY TIME PERIOD
Volunteer Distribution List
February to November
Volunteer Applications Open
November-December
Volunteer Interviews
January-February
Volunteers selected, confirmed and notified
February
Volunteer Training (approx. 16 hours)
Select dates in April – May (TBC)
3 Day Overnight Camp (40+ hours)
June

BENEFITS TO VOLUNTEERING

There are so many benefits to volunteers for Camp. Listed below are just a few of the ones as quoted from our many amazing volunteers!

 

“change a child’s life”

“cultivates a mindset that is more holistic and empathetic (to myself and others)”

“an opportunity to interact with like-minded people who understand grief”

“Camp Erin allowed me to build upon my clinical skills, utilize my grief education and literacy, and connect with my community in a truly special and meaningful way.”

“The moment I left camp I wanted to give back in anyway to the community that helped me so much. I was ecstatic to learn that I was going to be able to volunteer and just hoped I could help give the campers the same memorable experience I had.

“this camp taught me that just being there for someone can mean a lot”

“It’s a great reminder of the power of compassion”

“I volunteered at camp because I believe that it’s really important for kids to have a safe space to grieve.”

“Positive personal growth, very rewarding experience”

“I learn every time I go.”

WORDS FROM SOME OF OUR GRATEFUL VOLUNTEERS QUOTES

5/5

Transformational! Moving! Highlighted the strength of community and power of connecting with others who share similar experiences.

Camp Volunteer

Camp weekend was truly such a privilege to be a part of – so impactful to watch these campers connect to each other and really address some of their grief.

Camp Volunteer

Amazing!! This camp experience was absolutely incredible. It gave me a whole new perspective and understanding of grief and how to smoothly tight into everyday life for children to be able to cope with it and connect with others in a way that I did not know was possible

Volunteer

Camp Erin has always been the most magical, transformative and special experience. In just three short days, the impact and ripple effect the community has on one another has a lasting legacy. I was so grateful to have been able to return all these years later and give back to the place that changed my life for the better. It was a privilege connecting with campers, staff and volunteers and learning about each other’s stories and lives. Camp Erin has taught me the importance of just showing up as we authentically are in our grief and that just being there goes a long way!

Volunteer

Meeting new people and being able to support campers, learn to talk with young kids about their grief and your grief and to normalize the conversations about it but it also surprisingly helped me to cope with the grief that I have been struggling with

Volunteer