Camp Maple Leaf
Camp Maple Leaf is a summer camp for children, age 8 to 15, located in the Kawarthas on a 104-acre island. It was founded in 1955 by World War II veterans and serves as a living memorial to their service.
Camp Maple Leaf enrollment fees are paid for through fundraising and other donations, offering underprivileged children an opportunity to have a unique summer camp experience. Their week-long stay is full of fun and adventure, as well as a focus on self-confidence, self-esteem, respect, and friendship. Since its inception, over 30,000 kids have benefited from their experience at Camp Maple Leaf.
The Camp is currently undergoing a construction project to add a new area for military families with children to reconnect with each other after returning from duty. The new facilities will be open year-round and will be mostly unstructured and self-paced. Itâ€™s a way to pay homage to Canadaâ€™s military families.
Special Olympics Ontario
For the past 40 years, Special Olympics Ontario has represented nearly 17,000 special needs athletes in our communities â€“ aiming to promote social, physical, and mental development through participation in sports activities and training. It seeks to prepare athletes for participation in regular sports in the community.
The Special Olympics is held on regional, provincial, national, and world levels. Athletes of all ages and ability levels are able to compete with other athletes of similar ability, and everyone is recognized for their participation. The National and World Games are held every 2 years on an alternating summer and winter basis.
The Special Olympics is now the worldâ€™s foremost movement striving to promote acceptance, respect, and dignity for people with intellectual disabilities.
Law Enforcement Torch Run
The Law Enforcement Torch Run is the primary community-based fundraising initiative for the Special Olympics. Founded in Wichita, KS, in 1981, the Torch Run has grown to include nearly 90,000 police professionals in over 35 countries around the world. Run by various police professionals â€“ including police officers, corrections and support staff, and volunteers â€“ the LETR raises funds and awareness through many different community events. These events include Polar Bear Plunges, motorcycle runs, t-shirt and hat sales, and media events like the NHL Alumni Tour.