We are a national charitable organization devoted to providing free camp experiences and year-round programming for children with cancer and blood disorders.
We are a volunteer-driven national charitable organization that provides free uplifting camp experiences for children affected by cancer and blood disorders
Do anything, Be anything, Achieve everything.
Camp Quality Canada is a volunteer, non-profit, charitable organization that strives to improve the quality of life for children living with cancer through camps and year-round family support programs.
We believe in improving the quality of life for children living with cancer, and for their families. We want them to find joy and hope through the healing power of laughter and optimism, shared experiences and ongoing support.
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. We began programming in 1988 but were officially recognized on October 19, 1990. 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.
The History of CQ Canada
All of us at Camp Quality Canada are committed to supporting each family as they face their own unique journey with childhood cancer. By delivering meaningful social, and recreational programming for kids, parents, and the community, we don’t only help kids, but their families as well. At Camp Quality, our campers have the opportunity to be kids in an environment where they are supported medically and emotionally — all thanks to our amazing volunteers!
Since the first camp was established in 1988, Camp Quality has been expanding across Canada to serve more kids affected by childhood cancer. Here are our camps and programs, and the years that they were founded:
CQ Southern Ontario, 1988
CQ Northern Ontario, 1992
CQ Alberta, 1998
CQ Eastern Ontario, 2000
CQ Northwestern Ontario, 2002
CQ Manitoba, 2004
New Heights Teen Camp, 2007
Breaking Borders, 2013