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About Us

Camp Trillium (officially The Trillium Childhood Cancer Support Centre) offers year-round recreational experiences to bring children with cancer and their families together. We work to provide an environment that normalizes relationships and experiences, helping them in the healing process and enhancing their quality of life.

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  • All programs are designed to incorporate all abilities whenever possible.
  • We are governed by a board of directors made up of pediatric oncologists, medical oncology team, parents, community members and business professionals.
  • We are accredited by the Ontario Camping Association, and follow the guidelines of Canadian Association of Pediatric Oncology Camps (CAPOC).¬†Camp Trillium is also a gold-star member of the Children’s Oncology Camping Association International (COCA-I). You can see a full list of our partnerships and affiliations here.
  • All of our programs are free to the families. We are funded by generous donations from individuals, service clubs, businesses, and foundations.

Camp Trillium Timeline

1984 Our first camp is held at Circle R Ranch in London, with 28 campers and 18 staff.
1985 We grow to include campers from the Hamilton and Ottawa clinics.
1986 The first Youth Group begins in Ottawa and the first Trillium Telegraph is published.
1987 Trillium Childhood Cancer Support Centre receives charity status and a Board of Directors is established, with Dr. de Veber as the first chairperson.
1988 Three new programs begin: Counsellor-in-training, leadership camp, and winter camp.
1989 Camping begins on Garratt’s Island, and the Ontario Division of the Canadian Cancer Society initiates their annual grant.
1990 Family Camp is a big hit, an exchange program is developed, and the grand opening of Camp Trillium’s new home, Garratt’s Island, is celebrated.
1991 The dining hall is built at Garratt’s, and Kayla, the first camp dog arrives.
1992 The Activity Hall/Chapel is built on the island and Camp Trillium hosts the National Children’s Conference.
1993 Northern Ontario programs begin, the Onekanoes come to camp, and Teen Weekends begin.
1994 Tenth anniversary celebrations are held at Garratt’s Island.
1995 The lease is signed for Rainbow Lake, soon to be the second site for Camp Trillium.
1996 Day Camp grows to ten Ontario cities.
1997 Construction begins at Rainbow Lake, and Camp Trillium hosts the Children’s Oncology Camping Association International (COCA) conference.
1998 The grand opening celebration for Rainbow Lake is June 20, with 2,500 guests in attendance.
1999 We celebrate our 15th anniversary and hold our first official staff reunion.
2000 Garratt’s Island celebrates 10 years of camping with Trillium, and a new lease is signed for 25 more years.
2001 The foundation is set for a Resource Centre at Garratt’s Island, and Cabin 8 is built at Rainbow Lake.
2002 Trillium in the Community continues to provide support to families year-round and reaches record numbers of Special Friend Matches, Youth Groups, Camp Nights, and Clinic Support volunteers.
2005 Camp Trillium purchases its first office in Hamilton on Queensdale Avenue.
2006 Camp Trillium introduces new Adolescent and Young Adult programs.
Path of the Phoenix Boardwalk at Rainbow Lake opens.
Swan-Wilson Lane Boardwalk at Garratt’s Island opens.
Maureen Kempston Darkes – GM Resource Centre opens at Garratt’s Island.
AYA – IODE Cabin opens at Rainbow Lake.
2007 Camp Trillium holds its first Teen Conference.
2008 With the help of the Odd Fellows and Rebekahs of Ontario, Camp Trillium purchases Garratt’s Island and renames it Odd Fellow and Rebekah (OuR) Island. The Nature Centre is built at Rainbow Lake.
2009 Camp Trillium holds its second Teen Conference.
The Music Project begins.
The Adolescent and Young Adult Cabin at OuR (Garratt’s) Island is finished.
2010 The Music Project releases its first CD.
Lucky, the new camp dog arrives at OuR (Garratt’s) Island.
The Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation increases their financial support to Camp Trillium.

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