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About CQ

Uplifting Experiences for Children with Cancer and Serious Illness.

Do anything, be anything, achieve everything is our mantra at Camp Quality. We are a national charitable organization devoted to providing free camp experiences and year-round programming for children with cancer and serious illness.

 

Our six overnight camps in Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario are provided to children ages 7 – 17 affected by cancer and serious illness. The camps are focused on kids building new skills like swimming and hiking, kayaking and storytelling, making friends and gaining memories to last a lifetime.

We also provide a leadership development camp called New Heights for teens and an adventure challenge called Breaking Borders that are designed to challenge each young person physically and mentally.

Our camps are fuelled by over 450 volunteers who give of their time and talents. These volunteers include our counsellors who ensure campers have fun, our medical practitioners who ensure the safety of each child and the program and camp directors who lead our amazing programming.

We are supported by a group of generous corporations, foundations, individuals and service clubs who understand the need and how their gifts ensure our camps remain free, and that through their support each child will increase their self-esteem and their quality of life.

Camp Quality invites you to get to know our organization and the meaningful overnight camping and year-round experiences we are providing to children and families.

Mission: Camp Quality Canada is a volunteer, non-profit, charitable organization that strives to improve the quality of life for children living with cancer through camps and year-round family support programs.

Vision: We believe in improving the quality of life for children living with cancer, and for their families. We want them to find joy and hope through the healing power of laughter and optimism, shared experiences and ongoing support.

To download our brochure: 2017 Brochure_PDF_web.

How It All Began

Camp Quality Canada is part of an international family of organizations originally founded in Australia in 1983 by Vera Entwistle. Vera’s mission was to provide a program to support children with cancer and their families, an area not being addressed by any other organization. Different groups with the Camp Quality name now run programs in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, USA, UK and Hong Kong. The largest of which is still the original Australian Camp Quality.

Camp Quality was brought to Canada in 1988. It was initiated by a group of dedicated volunteers in Southern Ontario with the first camp being held in Priceville, Ontario. Since then, we have expanded to seven camp locations across Canada, and we continue to grow in numbers each year.

While Vera was trying to come up with a name for her new camp, a doctor said to her, “No one can do anything about the quantity of life, but we all can do something about the quality.” This continues to represent the spirit of our camp – providing quality time, with the best people, through a strong and established program.

After 25 years in Canada, Camp Quality has adopted a new logo and tag line that will take us forward. This new look incorporates our Canadian heritage, the amazing and nurturing relationship of our campers and companions, and our work to ensure an uplifting  experience for all!