Camp Awakening

March 29, 2021

Hello Awakening Community,

We hope this message finds you and your loved ones safe and well. 

This past year has been challenging, yet we are so proud of our volunteers and staff for embracing alternative ways to build connection and create community for youth with physical disabilities.  

However, given our concerns about health & safety; current government restrictions; public health requirements; and the continued uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is with heavy hearts that we announce the suspension of all Camp Awakening overnight summer camp programs for summer 2021.

We, and the Board of Directors, feel confident that this is in the best interests of our entire community, but like you, we are incredibly sad and disappointed.

This doesn’t mean there’s no Camp Awakening!  

We have just launched our year-round outdoor club – Compass Crew – open to all community members ages 9-99. We meet on the third Wednesday of each month to build strong and positive nature connections and foster a love of the outdoors.  

For kids & teens 9-18 years of age, April Break Camp is scheduled for the week of April 12-16, 2021 and you can learn more and sign up HERE.  

In addition to these two new programs, we are working on expanding and improving the Camp Awakening @ Home summer program for kids & teens, as well as leadership development for young adults 9-24 years of age. 

And last, but certainly not least, we are brainstorming ways to connect with our camper families in-person through “camper family experiences”. We’re still figuring out the details, but this will be our gift to camper families and a small way to keep the camp spirit alive.

These three alternative camp programs will run for 7 weeks this summer beginning on July 5th! 

Thank you all for sticking by us, investing in our campers, and helping us fulfill our mission to create fun, safe, and supportive environments where youth with physical disabilities can increase independence, learn new skills, develop confidence and make lasting friendships” – albeit in new and very different ways.

As we continue to work from home, if you have any questions, please use the Contact Us form.

Keep Paddling!

Tracy Morley, Executive Director
Andy Halse, Assistant Director

January 14, 2021

Thanks so much to all who were able to attend last night’s 170 Days To Camp check-in! We were excited to share our VERY tentative summer 2021 plans. With all the continuing uncertainty, these plans are most definitely subject to change.

At the moment, we are looking at:
July – 3 weeks of virtual Camp Awakening @ Home
July – a few GTA-based in-person day programs
August – 4 weeks of overnight camp

As these plans change (or become more concrete!) we will do everything we can to keep our wonderful community updated.

Keep paddling!

September 30, 2020

While the summer of 2020 was not what we had planned or hoped for, we are proud of our campers, volunteers and staff for embracing the alternative Camp Awakening @ Home program.

Together, through a combination of ‘camp-in-a-box’ care packages and virtual cabin group and all-camp gatherings, we created opportunities for kids, teens and young adults with physical disabilities to get outside, get active, get creative, try something new, and build connection & community.

We ran our Youth Leadership Development (YLD) Retreat for young adults under the umbrella of Camp Awakening @ Home too.  The participants spent their six weeks engaged in a group marketing project. They prepared materials encouraging teen campers to attend the YLD Retreat once they graduate from summer camp.  What an amazing initiative!

While it could never replace the magic of being together in person, at camp, we are pleased the Camp Awakening @ Home program allowed us to successfully fulfill our mission in a new & different way.

But…we can’t wait to get back to the shores of Gull, Eagle and Wannamaker lakes!

April 30, 2020

Hello Awakening Community,

We hope this message finds you and your loved ones safe and well.

We have written, and rewritten, this letter several times because we have news to share and while likely not unexpected, it will be disappointing to hear.

The health, safety and well-being of our campers and staff has been Camp Awakening’s top priority since our founding more than 38 years ago – and is the deciding factor in today’s announcement.

At a recent meeting of the Board of Directors, we came to the difficult decision that Camp Awakening must suspend all on-site and in-person camp programs for summer 2020 as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic. 

We are following the advice of health, government, and camping authorities and Camp Awakening’s own volunteer Medical Advisors. We feel confident that this is in the best interests of our entire community, but like you, we are incredibly sad and disappointed.

However, we pledge to continue our mission to “create fun, safe and supportive environments where youth with physical disabilities can increase independence, learn new skills, develop confidence and make lasting friendships”.  We are working on new and innovative ways to reach our campers and staff through the summer as kids of all ages and abilities need connection and community now, more than ever.

The Awakening community is strong, thoughtful and supportive, even when we’re not together in person.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Keep Paddling!

Tracy Morley
Executive Director