TCM Tidbit #28

TCM offered camp for mothers and children since 1891. Click to enlarge

TCM Fresh Air Camp established in 1907
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After saying goodbye to the camp at Bronte in 1978, there was a pressing concern to provide quality camps for families to escape the heat, humidity and smog of the city.

Willow Springs Camp in Stouffville was just a short drive North of Toronto served Toronto City Mission’s family from 1981-82. The following year, TCM moved camp to Five Oaks Christian Summer Centre, near Paris, Ontario. Lastly, Camp High Adventure on Lake Muskoka near Gravenhurst provided an even farther away camp experience where the beauty of God’s creation could be enjoyed by counsellors and campers alike. During these years of summer camp transition, Toronto City Mission continued their inner city camps to children throughout the city. The mission was (and is) referred to as a decentralized agency where we go to people rather than having others come to us. 

If you would like to learn more about our urban summer ministry, Sonshine Day Camp, please read our appeal.

TCM Tidbit #27

Camp Bronte is up for sale!

Bronte Rd and Lakeshore Rd, March 1975

Bronte Rd and Lakeshore Rd, May 2015

On May 25, 1978, after 71 years of camp operations, Toronto City Mission listed Camp Bronte up for sale. The camp sat on 2.59 acres on the NE corner of Lakeshore Road and Bronte Road. With urban development happening quickly around the camp, this once quiet escape from the summer heat was now feeling the pressure to sell and move further out of the city. Camp Bronte was finally sold December 10, 1979. Today, the land is home to the Bronte Village Mall in a busy intersection in the Southeast section of Oakville.

In an excerpt from a document it says:

Toronto City Mission is not looking at the sale of the subject property with a profit motive, inasmuch as all the money that will be realized on the sale, will be in turn reinvested in the new camp site, which will be extremely costly because of the present cost of buildings etc.  

THEN (1907)

NOW (2015)

Check back to find out where TCM's camp headed to next.

TCM Tidbit #26

Toronto City Mission's Fresh Air Home Counsellors, Summer 1970.
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These are the young men and women who choose to spend their summers working with mothers and children at the Fresh Air Home summer camp.

This summer, we have 17 summer interns, 18 Missions Teams joining our 9 Outreach Workers. Times have changed, but God continues to work in the lives of children and families, through us. 

Top Row (L-R): Carolyn Harrison, Sharon Webb, Jim Richardson, Evelyn West
Middle Row (L-R): Mary Hopkins, Karen McLean, Nancy Stewart
Bottom Row (L-R): Heather Hatfield, Kileen Tucker, Melanie Clayton

TCM Tidbit #25

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Toronto City MIssion has been a long time recipient of the Toronto Star Fresh Air Fund. In this newspaper clipping from June 13, 1968, the Toronto Star writes a beautiful article that beautifully paints a picture of the Fresh Air Home at Bronte. Today, our camp is a little different, we offer 6 weeks of Sonshine Day Camp at 4 of our communities.  With the help of our the generous supporters, we are able to provide summer camps to those impacted by poverty, then and now.

Check out our current #30DaysOfSonshine campaign to support Sonshine Day Camp!