Breaking Borders

Supporting Young Adult Childhood Cancer Survivors 

Create Community. Learn New Skills. Discover the Outdoors. 

Smiling Breaking Borders participant in a sea kayak holding the paddle above their head

Breaking Borders is an outdoor adventure program designed to provide you with the skills that you need to succeed in adulthood. This professionally facilitated group experience promotes the simple truth that growth demands us to push outside of our comfort zones - and to break down borders.

Program Overview

During Breaking Borders, you will meet monthly either via Zoom or in-person to plan a wilderness adventure in Ontario. In-person sessions will include an accessible outdoor activity so that you'll have a chance to get active and spend time in nature. At each session, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Connect with other young adult survivors of childhood cancer survivors to build a supportive community with others who 'just get it'

  • Discover and develop personal strengths

  • Spend time in nature

  • Take steps towards the achievement of a long-term goal (the wilderness adventure!)

Breaking Borders enlists the expertise of members in our community and beyond to support the program as additional facilitators to ensure that you have the best access to the tools and resources you need to succeed.

  • Childhood Cancer Survivor Aged 18-29

  • Living in Ontario

  • Willingness to Learn

  • Diligent with Communication

  • Come Ready to Participate

  • Must attend a minimum of 3 sessions to participate

Past Trips

Algonquin Park

Our first trip in 2013 saw participants canoeing through the beautiful lakes of Algonquin Park, Ontario.

Program Dates & Locations

Stay Tuned for 2021 Dates. 

I can confidently say that I’ve been forever changed by our trip. I pushed myself harder than I have ever done and found physical and mental strength I never knew I had.

Frequently asked questions

What will I be doing during Breaking Borders?

Each session will look a little different, but they will all include opportunities to connect with other childhood cancer survivors, and spend time in nature while planning an adventure trip. Click here to check out a sample Breaking Borders session.

Do I have to talk about my cancer experience?

No! We will create safe opportunities for you to talk about your life and connect with other survivors, but you won't be required to talk about cancer. You are free to share as much or as little as you wish.

What if I have never tried the activities before?

That's ok! Activities will be designed for beginners. They will also be adapted to be accessible to everyone's abilities.

I have no outdoor experience! Can I still participate?

Of course! Part of the program is introducing people to spending time in nature and getting outside. We have no expectations that you are a master canoe tripper before joining this program (or once it's over).

What happens if I can’t make a session?

We understand that you have a busy schedule and other things going on in your life. Please just let us know in advance if you are unable to attend a session by emailing breakingborders@campquality.org.

I am nervous and I have more concerns, but I still want to participate. What should I do?

We completely understand. And we would love to discuss your concerns with you and figure out how to make Breaking Borders work for you. Please email breakingborders@campquality.org or call 416-406-2267 x. 101.

Can I participate if I have a physical disability?

Yes! We ensure that all activities and meeting spaces are accessible. The final adventure trip is planned by you and the group, so we will design it to make sure it meets your needs.