Camp Dakota

Our Mission:

Serving kids!

Camp Dakota is an outreach program that serves children and youth who live in subsidized, low income housing communities. It is a summer day camp program run in Halton Region and 5 sites in Toronto.

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Basketball, field hockey, wide games - capture the flag & prisoners base, track and field, soccer, Frisbee, hip hop dance, crafts and story time.


About the Programs


Peace Program

This program addresses issues of personal and family related self-esteem, cultural and lifestyle diversity, cyber and personal bullying and mindfulness. 

Progressive program 

It is a progressive program that allows campers to progress into Leadership Training Programs and then be employed as staff.

No cost!

All programs are provided at no cost to the camper or the family, being fully funded through donations, Canada Summer Jobs and Jumpstart.

Youth Scholarships

The youth are also provided with scholarships and bursaries that enable them to be qualified as lifeguards and sports coaches.

Everyone matters!

No child or youth is turned away, refused access or denied participation in the program, including those with special needs whom we can safely accommodate.  


A video of Camp Dakota activities inspired by the song "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"


Our Impact

Camp Dakota has proven record of effectively in breaking the cycle of poverty.
Because poverty isolates and marginalizes families, opportunities are not always available for those who are stigmatized and trapped by it. Camp Dakota provides an exit strategy for youth.

It is a safe place to belong.

With anxiety and mental health issues becoming endemic in today’s youth culture, building and developing healthy relationships are an antidote.  A summer spent outdoors with healthy role models is a great alternative to excessive video gaming or watching TV.



camper weeks in 2018

Day Camp runs for 6 weeks during July and August for children 5 - 12 yrs.

Campers and Leaders in Training are children who reside in government funded low income housing communities, and can be fully sponsored and funded through donations, grants from Canada Summer Jobs and bursaries from Jumpstart.
No child is turned away.


communities served

Camp Dakota – 2018 provided a safe place for many children and youth from Oakville, Burlington, Acton, Jane/Finch and Etobicoke as we provided 1242
camper weeks.



Youth leadership runs for 7 weeks for
youth ages 13 - 16.


"Malachi, a summer staff member, who lives in the Jane and Finch area was asked what kept him from joining a gang? His reply “basketball and church youth group!


Get Involved

There is an ongoing monthly program where the camp activities continue for the campers who are registered during the summer. 

We hope to raise $80,000 for the Camp Dakota this summer. This will enable us to run a full eight weeks and serve hundreds of kids.


Sign Up For a Program

Go to the Camper Registration page to sign up for a program. Complete the form and submit online.

Volunteer opportunities

If you want to make a positive impact on a child's life then this is a great opportunity to get involved.

Make a Donation

To sponsor a camper for $175 or Leader in Training for $300
follow this link.