PROFILE: Basketball World Toronto

Basketball World Toronto Logo

Basketball World Toronto Logo

Basketball World Toronto was founded by Michael Reio, an N.C.C.P. trained coach and certified T.A.B.O. basketball official, to provide a higher quality basketball program in Toronto by taking a more authentic and professional approach to the way they develop and manage their programs. Operating since 2006, BWT is now the largest provider of basketball programs and services in Toronto including house leagues, summer camps and representative teams.

BWT Camp Board outlining the values, rules and game challenges

BWT Camp Board outlining the values, rules and game challenges

The Basketball World Toronto summer camp offers boys and girls a high quality basketball setting to learn and develop their skills in the game of basketball. Their goal is to teach and help campers improve on core fundamentals of the sport and the game through camp values and all-around teamwork.

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The summer camp program runs six 1-week sessions from July 6th to August 14th where campers will be trained in all areas of the game including defence, conditioning, footwork, dribbling, ball handling, and shooting. A day at camp consists of daily practice sessions, drills, games, competitions and scrimmages to help each camper with their own skill development. This along with help and encouragement from trained coaches and camp staff, as well as fellow campers, each child is sure to have a memorable, valuable and fun-filled experience!

Focus on Youth Staff at BWT (left to right) Nicholas DeVuono and Anthony Nguyen

Focus on Youth Staff at BWT (left to right) Nicholas DeVuono and Anthony Nguyen


Organization: Basketball World Toronto

Location: 124 Northcliffe Blvd Toronto,ON M6E 3K4

CanadaDates/Times: July 6th – August 14th (six 5-day camp sessions) 9am-3:30pm

Contact Information:

Michael Reio



PROFILE: St. Bernadette’s Family Resource Centre

St. Bernadette's Family Resource Centre logo

St. Bernadette’s Family Resource Centre logo

St. Bernadette’s Family Resource Centre is a non-profit community-based organization founded in 1991 by Angie Carboni. Their program caters to low-income families with children aged 2-13 with or without special needs and provides them with a supervised environment where they can play, interact and learn.

Days at camp vary and can range from a variety activities that keep the children engaged and active throughout the day. This can include activities such as arts and crafts, dramatic arts, playing in the playground, playing sports, swimming, and several other games and activities prepared by the amazing group of staff and counselors. The campers also get the opportunity to go on a variety of trips throughout the week such as the waterpark, zoo, and other great adventures, making each child’s camp experience fun-filled and memorable!

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St. Bernadette’s Family Resource Centre has teamed up with the TCDSB’s Focus on Youth program in recent years in order to employ several youth staff to gain experience as a camp counsellor during the summer. The Focus on Youth staff in partnership with the hired staff of St. Bernadette’s work together to make sure that each camper gets an amazing camp experience and an unforgettable summer filled with lifelong friendships and role models.


Organization: St. Bernadette’s Resource Centre

D’arcy McGee Catholic Elementary School

20 Bansley Avenue

Toronto, ON

M6E 2A2


July 2nd – August 13th

8:30AM – 4:30PM

 Contact Information

Angie Carboni – Founder

416-397-6300 / 416-654-9810

PROFILE: Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club

Dovercourt Boys and Girls club logo

Dovercourt Boys and Girls club logo

The Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club, a.k.a. “The Club that Beats the Streets”, is a fun-filled program that not only offers kids the chance to get involved during the summer through their amazing summer camps, but also throughout the year with their after school and weekend programming.

First opening their doors to young boys and girls in 1958, the Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club has grown to accommodate   over 100 campers age 4-17 each summer at both their main location and at St. Anthony’s Catholic School across the street. Their facilities at their main location (180 Westmoreland Avenue) includes a pool, activity rooms, plus a playground and soccer field right outside!


Campers showing their love for camp staff in a DOG PILE!

The Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club have been associated with the Focus on Youth program for several years now and employ many Focus on Youth staff every year to help out and ensure the successful running of camp throughout the summer months. “It gives youth the opportunity to gain valuable experience working with kids,” says Mannie D’Elia, Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club program director.


Focus on Youth staff (left to right) – Jordan, Rosemary, Rayon, Gabriel, Kayla, Mikal, Mariana, Shania, Jessica, Ramon, Ramez, Ranee, Lily


Organization: Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club


Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club

180 Westmoreland Ave

Toronto, Ontario

M6H 3A2

St. Anthony Catholic School

130 Shanly Street

Toronto, Ontario

M6H 1L9


9 Weeks

June 29th – August 28th


Contact Info:

Mannie D’Elia – Program Director

(416) 536-4102


PROFILE: Recruit Access Youth Sports


The Recruit Access Youth Sports (R.A.Y.S) summer camp is a non-profit organization founded by Jason Weatherup on March of 2007. His goal was to open up an affordable camp for youth and children to keep them off the street. The camp focuses on sports and arts (dancing & acting) for boys and girls ages 4-13 years old.

The Recruit Access Youth Sports camp does many sports such as basketball, soccer and baseball. Having a full court, soccer field and a baseball field at the camp with a specialized sports trainer; makes the it a great sports camp. On the artistic side, every summer the campers prepare a dramatic arts performance and a music video that is shown at the talent show on the very last day of camp. Friends and family members of the campers come to enjoy the wonderful show the camp puts together.

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All in all, the Recruit Access Youth Sports camp would be a great camp for any kids ages 4-13; especially if they enjoy sports and/or arts. Campers here always create new friendships and unforgettable experiences!

Focus On Youth Staff

Focus On Youth Staff (left to right): Katrina, Tyra, Ricky


Organization: Recruit Access Youth Sports

Location: 1865 Sheppard Ave W, Toronto, Ontario, M3L 1Y5.

Ages: 4-13

Dates/Times: July 2 to August 8, 2015…. 8:30-3:00 with flexible hours

Contact Information:

Jason Weatherup

(647) 888-2964

CUSTODIAL PROFILE: Custodian Anthony Romano-Pappas

Focus on Youth Logo

Focus on Youth Logo

The Focus on Youth program hires over 300 TCDSB students every summer to not only work as camp counselors at several placement camps all across the city, but provides positions in other areas as well, including custodial positions at various schools within the TCDSB.

FOY Custodian, Anthony Romano-Pappas, working at St. Jane Francis school placement

FOY Custodian, Anthony Romano-Pappas, working at St. Jane Francis school placement

These students work for 7-weeks as an assistant custodian in their assigned school placements, completing custodial duties in order to lessen the workload of caretakers during the summer preparing for the coming school year. Anthony Romano-Pappas, a recent graduate of Chaminade Secondary School, is one of these students and has been given the opportunity to work alongside the care-taking staff at St. Jane Francis Elementary School.

Anthony’s daily routine consists of various tasks within the school classrooms and hallways such as, cleaning the windows, mopping and sweeping the floors, wiping down the desks and chairs, along with other duties to ensure that everything is ready when school starts.

Anthony, along with all the other custodians hired for the summer, work very hard. All the effort they put into their placements during this 7-week program are greatly commended and appreciated.

PROFILE: Davenport Perth Centre


The Davenport-Perth Neighbourhood and Community Health Centre is a multi-service agency that is committed to supporting people in its neighbourhood in order to enrich their lives and the life of our community. This includes providing ways for the children and youth to get involved in projects that allow them to build skills, develop new friendships and connections, and contribute back to their community.


YEP youth of the Davenport Perth Centre enjoying the festivities at the Harbourfront Pan Am Celebration Zone

Youth Experience Placement (YEP) is a summer leadership and pre-employment program from July 2nd to August 14th for youth aged 13-16. The camp allows youth involved to increase their leadership/planning skills, knowledge on employment, their confidence, ability to access community resources, as well as provide opportunities to meet other young people through training workshops, youth developed and implemented presentations, and volunteer placements in centre-based projects. YEP also provides them with weekly fun recreational outings and events throughout the summer.

The youth involved in the YEP program undergo training for the first two weeks followed by working at their volunteer placements three times a week. The remaining two days are spent attending further training workshops as well as field trips around the city that are planned by the hardworking staff. They go through the program Monday through Friday from 11am to 3pm.

Focus on Youth Staff (left to right) Shandy Mcqueen and Melissa Neves

Focus on Youth Staff (left to right) Shandy Mcqueen and Melissa Neves


Organization: Davenport Perth Neighbourhood and Community Health Centre

Location: Pope Paul VI Catholic School 270 Laughton Avenue Toronto, ON

Ages: 13-16

Dates/Times: July 2nd 2015 – August 14th 2015  11 am – 3 pm

Contact Info: 

Courtney McFarlane

416-656-8025 ext.242

PROFILE: Toronto Kiwanis Boys & Girls Club

Toronto Kiwanis Boys & Girls Clubs

Toronto Kiwanis Boys & Girls Clubs

Toronto Kiwanis Boys & Girls Clubs is a camp that has been running since 1921. The camp’s dedication for helping enhance the lives of children and youth from 1921 until now is amazing. Toronto Kiwanis Boys & Girls Clubs offers 4 different camps depending on the age group. The first camp is Camp Stars for children ages 6-10 years old. The second camp is a sports camp for children ages 8-12 years old. The third camp is Cap Reframe for children 11-13 years old and the final camp is an Leaders In Training Camp (L.I.T.) for ages 14+. Toronto Kiwanis Boys & Girls Clubs offers a range of activities and one major trip every week.

Campers working together to help the blindfolded team mate draw a picture. Communication is key in order to successfully complete the drawing.

This six-week program runs from June 29th – August 7th from 9am to 3:30pm, giving campers a whole fun-filled day of camp activities which are focused around literacy and learning, cooking and nutrition, physical activity, creative arts and personal development. Since 1921 Toronto Kiwanis Boys & Girls Clubs has helped over 50,000 inner-city children and youth reach their full-potential.

Focus On Youth Staff (Tamara) putting on sun screen for the campers.

Toronto Kiwanis Boys & Girls Clubs provides service to 525 children and youth on a daily basis and serve over 2,650 nutritious meals. Toronto Kiwanis Boys & Girls Clubs create innovative programs that address and meet the changing needs of the communities that they serve.

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Focus On Youth staff: [From left to right] Tamara Mohanavathanan & Azali Charles

Focus On Youth staff: [From left to right] Tamara Mohanavathanan & Azali Charles


Organization: Toronto Kiwanis Boys & Girls Clubs

Location: 20 Portugal Square, Toronto, ON M6J 3P2, Canada

Dates and Hours: July 6 – August 28

Age: 6-14+

Contact Info: Louise Ross

(416)-925-2243 ext 24