We are proud to have been the home of Camp Jumoke since 2003. Camp Jumoke is a volunteer driven, charitable organization that serves children from across Canada afflicted with sickle cell disease. Camp Jumoke was founded in 1994 by The Association for the Advancement of Blacks in Health Sciences. A dedicated Board of Directors oversees Jumoke’s operations.
Camp Jumoke is the only camp in Canada that serves the unique emotional and health-care needs of children with sickle cell disease. In addition to sending upwards of 40 children to Wenonah for two weeks each August, Camp Jumoke supports campers by arranging for health care staff (including doctors, nurses, and social workers) to live on site and look after afflicted children. Jumoke campers are fully integrated into the Camp Wenonah program.
Camp for children with chronic illnesses can be life changing. Camp Kivita, a camp for children living with solid organ transplants – heart, kidney, liver, lung and intestinal transplants, and those with end-stage organ failure, will start a new partnership with Wenonah in Summer 2013. Camp Kivita was founded based on a need for children with transplants and end stage organ disease to have the opportunity to meet other children who have had similar healthcare experiences and to be able to participate in a normal childhood camp experience that improves their sense of competency, independence, self-esteem, make new friends, learn new skills, and just have fun!
Since its initial summer in 2009, Kivita has consistently grown and evolved its program. Camp Kivita is organized by the Transplant Camp Advisory Committee and leadership team, and led by a group of volunteers passionate about ensuring that all children with transplants and organ failure have the opportunity to attend summer camp. Volunteer efforts allow children who are medically stable after transplant or those living with end stage organ disease the opportunity experience the magic of camp at no cost to their families.
Camp could not happen without the generous financial support of financial donors and partners which include the Kidney Foundation, the Citron Family (Ken’s Fund), KRG Insurance, David Foster Foundation, Doug Ghent Painting, the Ben Walker Foundation, and all the individual donors and supporters of camp.
Camp Erin is a camp designed for children and teens ages 6-17 who are grieving the death of someone close to them. It is a weekend long experience filled with traditional and fun camp activities combined with grief education and emotional support – fascilitated by grief professionals and trained volunteers. The Moyer Foundation partners with local hospices, grief counseling organizations, and experts who fascilitate Camp Erin in their community.
Camp Erin is an initiative created and funded by The Moyer Foundation, a public, non-profit organization, established in 2000 by Major League All-Star pitcher, Jamie Moyer and his wife Karen. The mission of the Foundation is to help children in distress. In addition to funding many local programs that provide direct service to children in physical, emotional or financial distress, The Moyer Foundation created and funds Camp Erin.
Camp Erin runs at 42 sites in the United States. Camp Wenonah hosts the second camp in Canada.
Lord and Lady Somers Camp & Power House
Based in Australia, Lord and Lady Somers Camp & Power House brings together young people from diverse backgrounds to challenge their perceptions of themselves and others. For one week in January, participants work together through a range of unique challenging activities to developing skills such as self-confidence, determination and teamwork. Participants push themselves and are inspired by a range of high profile motivational speakers to achieve their goals.
In January 2011, a group of Wenonah leadership members and staff (chosen after a rigorous selection process) travelled to Australia for a unique Wenonah Abroad experience including a week at Lord or Lady Somers Camps. Past Somers staff members have also travelled to Canada to lend their leadership to our Summer Camp program.