PROFILE: Minghui School of Canada

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logo MSCMinghui School of Canada was established in 2000 by parents who wanted to enrol their children in a program where they could learn about traditional Chinese culture.

Prepping for Lion Dance Practice.

Prepping for Lion Dance Practice!

This program runs for 6 weeks in the summer time, July 2nd to August 8th. It runs from 8:30 in the morning to 4:30 in the afternoon from Monday to Friday. Minghui joined Focus on Youth in 2008 to join a community with great parent outreach and an established “people-helping-people” culture.

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FOY staff run a game of Zombie with the kids!

With humble beginnings as a program run by a single family, the organization has grown to community centres and schools across Toronto. Such rapid expansion — more than 100 children have graduated from the program since 2008 — can be attributed to the consistently positive feedback from parents and the visible, positive growth shown by participants.

The kids take part in 30 minutes of meditation.

The kids take part in 30 minutes of meditation.

The Bilingual Chinese Program offers opportunities for children who would like to learn traditional Chinese culture. They learn to read and write Chinese characters. Through storytelling and arts and crafts activities, they engage in meaningful conversations carried out in Mandarin and English. They also gave outdoor activities that they are familiar with (e.g. sports, nature walks, museum trips, etc.) and have many opportunities to report these activities in speaking and writing modes.

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Organization: The Minghui School of Canada


St. Gerald Catholic Elementary School

200 Old Sheppard Ave

Toronto, Ontario

M2J 3L9

Ages: 7-13

Dates / Times:

6 weeks


8:30 am – 4:30 pm


Contact Info:

Alice Huynh


PROFILE: The Child Experience

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The Child Experience Summer Camp is a non-profit organization created to give children ages 6-12 a fun and active summer.

Campers creating handshakes for drama.

Campers creating handshakes for drama.

The programs are student led, and student planned. Sports, drama activities, and arts and crafts are the main focus of their programs. Campers are encouraged to participate in all three activities every day. Also, the campers take part in games, songs, cheers, and small and large group activities.

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Camper playing on monkey bars at the park.

The main focus of The Child Experience Camp is to provide an affordable summer camp experience. Every day, the campers rotate to different stations three times. The stations include physical activities, arts and crafts, and drama. There are scheduled visits to parks, pools, and splash pads within their community on a weekly basis. The camp also have field trips to a variety of destinations within Toronto. Additionally, inter-camp events occur, where two or three camp locations come together for competitions and activities.

Campers creating monsters for Halloween Day.

Campers creating monsters for Halloween Day.

Focus on Youth Staff, Rhoma Chowdhury says, “working at St.Albert’s is amazing. All the kids are so full of energy and creative ideas. It’s always a fun and surprising day! Through working here, I’ve learned to keep an open mind and a smiling heart!”

Focus on Youth staff eating snacks with the campers

FOY staff eating snacks with the campers.

Leadership and team building skills are just some of what the kids come away with. Campers who attend The Child Experience Summer Camp are inspired to be leaders and counsellors.

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Organization: The Child Experience Canada Summer Camps


St. Albert Catholic Elementary School

1125 Midland Avenue

Scarborough, Ontario

M1K 4H2

Ages: 6-12

Dates / Times:

5 weeks


9am – 3:30pm


Contact Info:

Anthony Tacoma

647-GOT-CAMP (647-468-2267)

PROFILE: Hoop House Basketball

Hoop House Basketball Logo“The main goal of Hoop House Basketball is to advance basketball at the grass roots level in Canada and make the sport more accessible for youth regardless of gender, race or athletic ability.” – Michael Dimitrik (Founder and Director of Hoop House Basketball)


The Hoop House Basketball (HHB) summer camp is for boys and girls between the ages of 7-16. Athletes are instructed by university/college level players and coaches. Campers are divided into groups based on skill level and age. Whether beginner or advanced, Hoop House Basketball will teach and develop their skills in a safe and fun environment. The HHB experience will also teach campers important life skills such as confidence, respect, teamwork and leadership.

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A regular day at Hoop House Basketball ranges from basic exercises, to different basketball themed games, to various training drills and later ends with a full-court basketball game. Participants learn various skills such as dribbling, shooting, and self-control. Participants not only get the chance to learn physical exercises but the various drills help improve character and habits.


With the camp being founded in 2009, Hoop House Basketball hosts 20-30 campers every week running Ontario Basketball Association programs as well as working with the Amateur Athletic Union.




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Organization: Hoop House Basketball

Location: Dante Alighieri Academy.  60 Playfair Ave. Toronto, ON M6B2P9

Dates/Times: 6 weeks from June to August. Starting at 9am ending at 4pm.

Contact Information: 

Michael Dimitrik


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Profile: Footsteps to Success (Father Henry Carr)

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Footsteps to Success is one of two camps founded by Andre Fullerton and community partners. It is an initiative that is designed to help urban communities progress and  become involved with youth.




Footsteps Camp is for youth ages 10-15 and runs (like most FOY funded programs) for 6 weeks, free of admission. Footsteps at Father Henry Carr provides programs and activities for the youth of the Rexdale community. Campers have the opportunity to experience Sport, Art and Leadership activities. As a result, the youth are able to build friendships, leadership skills and have a memorable experience.




Focus on Youth students are mindful of Andre’s positive vision  . The students act as positive role models by using their skills and training to lead, supervise and relate with the youth. The leaders also bring forth a positive attitude that encourages a hospitable environment.




Organization: Footsteps to Success


Father Henry Carr C.S.S.
1760 Martin Grove Rd, Toronto, ON. M9V 3S4
Blessed Mother Teresa C.S.S.
40 Sewells Rd, Toronto, ON.
M1B 3G5

Ages: 10-15

Date/Times: July 2nd to August 9th, 9 AM – 4 PM


Contact info: 

Andre Fullerton
TCDSB Supervisor of Outreach, Community Use of Schools
Phone: 416-222-8282 ext. 2310