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Program Information

The Ottawa Senators Foundation empowers children and youth from eastern Ontario and western Quebec to reach their full potential by investing in social recreation and education programs that promote both physical and mental wellness.

During its 2014-15 season the Foundation launched a new SENS CAMPERSHIPS program with $200,000  available in funding.  Charitable organizations with a successful history of providing summer camp experiences to children and youth from low-income families were invited to apply for grants. Organizations with summer camp delivery as part of their core business as well as a proven record of camp programming resulting in campers increased self confidence, personal development, physical activity, nutritional awareness, teamwork, leadership and fair play skills, were awarded grants.

The 2015 SENS CAMPERSHIPS program partners included:

  • Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa & Camp Smitty (residential camp)
  • Christie Lake Kids & Christie Lake Camp (residential camp)
  • City of Ottawa City Champions’ Camp (day camp)
  • City of Ottawa Youth Sports Camp (day camp)
  • Tim Horton Children’s Foundation (with children from eastern Ontario and western Quebec attending the following):
  •  Tim Horton Children’s Camp in Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia (residential camp)
  •  Camp des Voyageurs Tim Horton in Quyon, Quebec (residential camp)
  • Tim Horton Memorial Camp in Parry Sound, Ontario (residential camp)
  • Tim Horton Onondaga Farms in St. George, Ontario (residential camp)
  • Tim Horton Camp Whiteshell in Pinawa, Manitoba (residential camp)
  • YMCA of Brockville (day camp)
  • YMCA of Kingston (day camp)

The SENS CAMPERSHIPS program with the above partners provided 1,100 children and youth, ages 4 to 17, from 36 communities in eastern Ontario and 10 communities in western Quebec, collectively, with more than 9,000 days at camp in the summer of 2015.

Program Funding:

The Ottawa Senators Foundation has $200,000 to invest in summer camp programs for children and youth during its 2015-16 season. In 2015 four camps received $15-20K, two camps received $30-40K, and two camps received $50-60K. The maximum amount of funding available to any one charity in 2016 will be $50,000.


The Ottawa Senators Foundation will partner with Canadian registered charitable organizations that have:

  • a core mandate of delivering recreational programming to children and youth ages 4-16 years living in eastern Ontario and/or western Quebec;
  • 10+ years of successful summer camp creation, programming, engagement with families, and post camp camper evaluations;
  • non-denominational programming;
  • existing infrastructure, facilities, and staffing frameworks for summer camp delivery;
  • the ability to maximize camper recruitment within the targeted demographic/geographic groups;
  • audited financial statements for the organization (not just camp programs) for the previous two fiscal years;
  • proof of insurance and indemnification provision for the Ottawa Senators Foundation.

Application Process:

  • The Application Form to apply for SENS CAMPERSHIPS program funding will be available in both English and French from 9 a.m. on February 1 to 5 p.m. on March 25, 2016 on the Ottawa Senators Foundation website.
  • Ottawa Senators Foundation staff will vet the applications received to ensure all eligibility criteria have been met and will forward completed and eligible applications to the SENS CAMPERSHIPS Committee by April 1, 2016.
  • The SENS CAMPERSHIPS Committee, comprised of sitting and past members of the Ottawa Senators Board of Directors and staff of the Ottawa Senators Hockey Club & Foundation, will review and short list applications for funding consideration by April 29, 2016. During this evaluation time some applicants may be contacted for further information or may be invited in to make a presentation to the committee.
  • The Ottawa Senators Foundation board of directors will make final funding decisions by May 13, 2016.
  •  All applicants will be informed of their application status no later than May 20, 2016.

Application From
Questions relating to the SENS CAMPERSHIPS program should be directed to:

Danielle Robinson
President & CEO
Ottawa Senators Foundation
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 613-599-0323

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