Camp Quality 2018 – A Community and Family Effort in Northwestern Ontario

From our youngest campers to our oldest, there were hugs all around at the camper pick-up.
From our youngest campers to our oldest, there were hugs all around at the camper pick-up.


THUNDER BAY – Camp Quality campers spent the morning at Thunder Bay’s Marina Park today. With help from the Thunder Bay Yacht Club, the campers were able to get out on sailboats and enjoy some time on the water. This special camp offers young campers working to win their fight with cancer the opportunity to spend quality time every year enjoying a wide and diverse number of activities.

This year, the theme is science, and of course fun.

Camp Director Ashleigh Quarrell says that the Camp Quality family is really just that, an extended family. Many of the companions for the campers spend time all year round with their lifelong friends.

NetNewsLedger has, for the past seven years, continues to host the Camp Quality Blog – which started as a way for the parents, brothers, sisters and family members to keep up on what is happening with the campers.

Today’s sailing event offered the opportunity for this reporter to see more of how the campers, companions, and entire Camp Quality Team work together, and it was a real honour to be able to share a little time with all of the special young people.

The relationships that form between campers and companions is very special. You can sense and see that from how all of the group interacts. It really is like a family.

You or your company can get engaged with this very special group by visiting www.campquality.org

You can also keep up with what is happening at Camp Quality by reading the blog.

An aspiring NetNewsLedger reporter, a Camp Quality Camper records the scenes
An aspiring NetNewsLedger reporter, a Camp Quality Camper records the scenes
From the smallest to the bigger campers there is a sense of family at Camp Quality
From the smallest to the bigger campers there is a sense of family at Camp Quality

Camp Quality Canada is part of an international family of organizations originally founded in Australia in 1983 by Vera Entwistle. Vera’s mission was to provide a program to support children with cancer and their families, an area not being addressed by any other organization. Different groups with the Camp Quality name now run programs in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, USA, UK and Hong Kong. The largest of which is still the original Australian Camp Quality.

Camp Quality was brought to Canada in 1988. It was initiated by a group of dedicated volunteers in Southern Ontario with the first camp being held in Priceville, Ontario. Since then, we have expanded to seven camp locations across Canada, and we continue to grow in numbers each year.

While Vera was trying to come up with a name for her new camp, a doctor said to her, “No one can do anything about the quantity of life, but we all can do something about the quality.” This continues to represent the spirit of our camp – providing quality time, with the best people, through a strong and established program.