Every year over 400 children in Ontario are diagnosed with cancer. Going to camp can seem like a remote possibility for children living with cancer. Camp Trillium was established in 1984 with this purpose in mind: to provide a camp environment for children affected by cancer and their families where they can relax and enjoy life again.
Camp Trillium offers a variety of summer and year round programs for children and their families. These programs provide much needed recreational activities and support. Campers gain strength and confidence to help them with their fight against cancer.
Camp Trillium wants to give campers a camping experience where they can try new activities, make friends, have fun, and be able to laugh again. They want to show them that they are not alone and the friendships they form at camp will last a lifetime. Their positive and supportive environment embraces the entire family. Siblings, children off treatment and families who have lost a child to cancer are welcome at camp. Campers return year after year to rekindle the friendships with other families across the province.
OuR Island, Officially the Camp Trillium Odd Fellow & Rebekah Island (formerly Garratt’s Island), on West Lake near Picton, has recently become a permanent home of Camp Trillium since 1989. With help from the Odd Fellows and Rebekahs of Ontario, Camp Trillium was able to purchase this property, which ensures there will always be a camp for children with cancer and their families in Ontario. The 60 acre property is truly an Island Oasis, with a scenic waterfront and wooded trails throughout.
OuR Island has 4 cabins in a bunk house design able to accommodate 30 people in each and come complete with power and full washroom facilities. There are also many smaller outdoor accommodations called Pods, where staff and teens can become more in touch with their natural surroundings.
From time to time, we hold events to raise money for Camp Trillium. In 2015, we held a Ride & Shine Motorcycle event and raised $3000 for the Camp.