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Have a coffee and change a life on Tim Hortons Camp Day

Recently my daughter came home from ballet one day after having a snack afterwards at Tim Hortons. She said to me, “Mamma, you should write about Tim Hortons camp day. They do great work getting kids outdoors who really need it.

I was so lucky to visit one of Tim Hortons camp here in Ontario and I can say I was impressed by the work Tim Hortons is doing to get disadvantaged kids into a natural settings that they may not otherwise gexperience. I’m happy to share this information about Tim Hortons camp day.



Have a coffee and change a life on Tim Hortons Camp Day

100% of all coffee sales on June 5 will give thousands of deserving children a once-in-a-lifetime experience

Your daily cup of coffee and a donation will make a world of difference to a child in your local community on Wednesday, June 5. Tim Hortons Camp Day – the annual fundraiser that sends economically disadvantaged kids to camp – is back with the goal of sending even more kids to camp.

On Camp Day, Tim Hortons restaurant owners generously donate all proceeds from coffee sales to the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation (THCF), helping send kids on an unforgettable, fun-filled camping adventure to help inspire them for a better future. More than 15,000 kids were able to experience the life-changing impact of a Tim Horton Children’s camp.

“The mission of Tim Horton Children’s Foundation is to help break the cycle of poverty by giving economically disadvantaged children the skills and mindset to aspire for a brighter future,” said Dave Newnham, vice president and executive director, Tim Horton Children’s Foundation. “We’ve seen time and time again that once a child attends our camp, they return home with a more positive attitude and greater confidence about their future. Our goal is to see more of that with more children. And, Camp Day is our single-most important fundraiser to help make that happen.

With their purchase of coffee on June 5, Tim Hortons guests directly impact the children in their local communities who are able to take part in the experience of a lifetime. Guests can also help send even more kids to camp by donating in the following ways:


* Text CAMP to 45678 to donate $5

*         Online at

*         Rent-a-Tent for a $1 donation in restaurant

*         Rent-a-Cabin for a $5 donation in restaurant

“The success of Camp Day, and ultimately the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation, wouldn’t be possible without our loyal guests and the generosity and dedication of Tim Hortons restaurant owners and team members,” added Newnham.

Tim Hortons restaurant owners work closely with local youth organizations and schools in their communities to identify those kids in their community who would most benefit from an experience at camp. Most often, this camp experience is the first time a child has travelled outside their town or city or has ever experienced camp. During their stay at a THCF camp, kids participate in a wide range of first-class programs and activities designed to build self-confidence, self-esteem and leadership skills. The powerful life experiences learned at THCF camps come at absolutely no cost to the kids and their families.

The Tim Horton Children’s Foundation started in 1975 in Parry Sound, ON with just one camp and 200 kids. It now operates six year-round camps across North America and has served more than 180,000 kids through its innovative year-round programming. Children attend one of three types of programs offered, including a traditional summer camp (ages 9-12), a year-round camp serving schools and youth groups (ages 8-18) in the fall, winter and spring, and a five-level youth leadership program focused on building lifelong leadership skills (ages 13-18).

‘Like’ the THCF on Facebook at and follow @TimHortons on Twitter to join the #CampDay and #THCF conversation.

Tim Hortons Inc. Overview

Tim Hortons is one of the largest publicly-traded restaurant chains in North America based on market capitalization, and the largest in Canada. Operating in the quick service segment of the restaurant industry, Tim Hortons appeals to a broad range of consumer tastes, with a menu that includes premium coffee, espresso-based hot and cold specialty drinks, including lattes, cappuccinos and espresso shots, specialty teas and fruit smoothies, home-style soups, fresh Panini and classic sandwiches, wraps, hot breakfast sandwiches and fresh baked goods, including our trademark donuts. As of March 31st, 2013, Tim Hortons had 4,288 system-wide restaurants, including 3,453 in Canada, 808 in the United States and 27 in the Gulf Cooperation Council. More information about the Company is available at

About the Tim Horton Children's Foundation

The Tim Horton Children's Foundation (THCF) is a non-profit charitable organization founded in 1974 that is committed to providing an enriched and memorable camp experience for children and youth living in economically disadvantages home. The Foundation’s funding comes from Tim Hortons Camp Day, fundraising activities, special events, and year-round public donations collected through counter and drive-thru coin boxes, as well as other donations. Since 1975, more than 180,000 children have attended a Foundation camp at no cost to them or their families. For more information about the Tim Horton Children's Foundation, please visit


Wednesday, June 5, 2013


Tim Hortons restaurant owners donate 100 per cent of the proceeds from Camp Day coffee sales to the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation (THCF)

Across Canada and the United States, one in six children (more than 17 million)1 live in economically disadvantaged homes

The young people served by the Foundation are often isolated and excluded from the opportunities that many take for granted

They are twice as likely to drop out of high school and be expelled or suspended

They are three times as likely to have a teenage pregnancy

Tim Horton himself came from an economically-disadvantaged home in Cochrane, ON

Since 1975, the Foundation has served more than 180,000 kids through a variety of camp programs

More than 65 per cent of revenue generated by the Foundation comes from Camp Day activities and Tim Hortons coin boxes

There are six camps across North America that run year-round programs:

*         Parry Sound, Ontario (built in 1975)

*         Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia (built in 1988)

*         Kananaskis, Alberta (built in 1991)

*         Quyon, Quebec (built in 1994)

*         Campbellsville, Kentucky (built in 2001)

*         St. George, Ontario (built in 2002)

7. There are three separate programs offered:

a. The Summer Camp Program – a 10-day summer camp session for kids ages 9-12

b. The Year Round Group Program – offers kids ages 8-18 from schools and groups serving the economically disadvantaged, a three to seven day camp experience throughout the fall, winter and spring

c. The Youth Leadership Program – a five-level program for kids ages 13-18 focuses on the development of lifelong leadership skills, teamwork and independence through 10-day sessions over five successive summers

8. More than 16,000 children and youth will attend camp with the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation in 2013

9. Local Tim Hortons restaurant owners sponsor children in their own communities to attend the Summer Camp program.

10. The Tim Horton Children’s Foundation Carolee House Bursary Program has awarded close to $4 million in bursaries since 2002 to graduates of the Youth Leadership Program who have pursued post-secondary education.

11. The Tim Horton Children’s Foundation was established in 1974 by Ron Joyce, co-founder of Tim Hortons restaurants, in honour of Tim Horton’s love for children and his desire to help those less fortunate

12. The first camp in Parry Sound, ON, welcomed more than 200 campers in its first summer of operation in 1975

[1] Statistics Canada’s Income in Canada 2008, Low income cut-off before tax & U.S. Bureau of the Census, Income, Poverty and Health Insurance in the United States: 2010

2 The Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology. In the Margins: A Call to Action on Poverty, Housing and Homelessness, December 2009, Page 29

3 Jeanne Brooks-Gunn and Greg J. Duncan, “The Effects of Poverty on Children” The Future of Children No. 2 (Summer/Fall 1997), 57

4 Brooks-Gunn and Duncan, 57

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