BGC South East launches Send a Kid to Camp campaign, with camp registrations now open

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Last year, over 500 local children were able to attend summer camps thanks to BGC’s subsidization program. Photo via BGC South East.

This summer, BGC South East will continue its long history of helping thousands of area families through their summer camp programs.

After holding its largest summer camps ever in 2023, serving more than 5,500 children and youth, BGC South East has shared its 2024 camp plans and begun taking registrations.

Starting July 2, 2024, the organization will run fun and educational summer camps for children 4 to 12 years old at seven sites across Kingston, Amherstview, and Napanee. Youth camps for ages 9 to 13 are available at the Kingston Robotics Lab and ages 12 to 15 at the West End Centre. Youth camps are perfect for young teens who enjoy participating in fun, structured activities with friends. Themes include Game Show Mania, Leader in Training, Olympic Universe, and more.

Last summer, BGC South East provided the highest number of subsidies in its history, removing financial barriers to access for more than 550 local families. Serving record numbers of newcomers, camps benefitted over 900 children from vulnerable communities, providing life-changing opportunities and critical community connections.

Seeing the need for subsidies continuing to rise, BGC is appealing to the community for contributions to the Send a Kid to Camp campaign. A $250 donation provides a full week of camp to a local child in need, and contributions of any amount are appreciated.

“Having my three kids at BGC is the only way I can work. Being a single mom is not easy at all… My kids are able to attend because of the subsidy support. I just don’t know how they would have these opportunities otherwise. The staff work to support their different needs. My son can get frustrated easily. He has been able to manage his emotions a lot better with the help of staff. I am happy that my kids can do so many activities at BGC. They love everything! The sports, the healthy snacks, and mostly the staff,” shared one local mom.

This year, different themes and camp types are geared for all interests:

  • Education camps will connect academic curriculum concepts and subjects (math, geography, etc) with play-based learning. Great for reinforcing academic lessons in a fun way. Themes include Cosmic Quest, Math Mania, Makers Palette, Explorer’s Expedition, and more.
  • Robotics camps will explore creative themes of Galactic Innovators, Techtropolis Tinkerers, Roots and Shoots, and more.
  • Specialty camps will be available at the West End Centre. Themes include Crafty Kids, All Sorts of Sports, Hoop It Up, Mad Science, Soccer Stars, and more.

Donations to help send more kids to camp can be made through a secure Canada Helps platform and tax receipts are issued automatically. More information and donation options are available here:

BGC Camps are available across the region and run weekly between July 2 and August 23, 2024. Registration is now open!

For more information, camp locations, and to register, visit

This article is sponsored by BGC South East. Interested in a Business Feature on Kingstonist? Contact [email protected].

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