Helping Syrian Refugees

From the Canadian Camping Association

The Government of Canada has committed to resettling 25,000 Syrian refugees in Canada. All refugees are to be identified by December 31, 2015 and arrive in Canada no later than the end of February 2016.

“Canadians can and must do more to help Syrian refugees who are desperately seeking safety,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. “This is about showing leadership and doing what is right as Canadians and we are doing the right thing by immediately helping 25,000 Syrian refugees. Canada will make a difference, and we encourage all Canadians to do what they can to help.”

In support of this worthy initiative, the Canadian Camping Association is challenging Canadian camps to do what they can to help Syrian refugees in Canada. Not only can camps make a meaningful contribution to Canada’s promise of action on the Syrian refugee crisis, but they can also introduce Syrian families to the tradition of summer camp that is shared by millions of Canadian children each year.

Here is how Canadian camps can help:

Offer Summer Camp Spots to Families in Transition

Camp Fircom (British Columbia) is offering spots for 25 children from Syrian refugee families to attend their camp in 2016. They have also issued a challenge to all Canadian summer camps – match their goal of supporting 25 children from refugee families to attend one week of summer camp.

Fircom is challenging and encouraging 100 camps across Canada to equal their 25 campership goal. For some camps, a smaller number may be realistic.

Interested in learning more about Fircom’s challenge?  You can email Executive Director Jeff Willis at

Interested in donating camper spots? There are organizations in your area that are looking for those interested in helping refugee families.

Reach out to the Canadian Camping Association!

The CCA will acknowledge those camps supporting refugee families. Let us know what you are doing to help by contacting us on Twitter, Facebook, and/or by email.

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