Photo & Interview Opportunity - Children and youth from low-income families escape to The Scott Mission virtually no cost

    TORONTO, July 3 /CNW/ - The expressions on children's faces on the first
day of The Scott Mission Camp can range from fear, excitement and nervousness.
And, as they wave goodbye to their parents and board one of two school buses
to Camp, you may even see a few tears.
    But six days later when they return, those expressions all display the
same emotion - joy.
    This summer, nearly 600 children and youth from low-income neighbourhoods
in Toronto and beyond will enjoy activities like wilderness-exploring,
wall-climbing, canoeing, campfires, photography, biking and swimming.
    "The kids who come to camp need this experience," says Camp Director 
Jeff Johnson. "Some have never been outside the confines of the city or
experienced nature."
    For 50 years, The Scott Mission's 100-acre campground in Caledon has been
the perfect place for seven to 17-year olds to develop friendships, learn
important social and life skills and have fun. The cost of sending a child to
a six-day session at camp is $618 but - thanks to the generosity of our donors
- families pay between $10 and $40.
    On Monday July 7 at 2 p.m., The Scott Mission invites the media to join
us as we send off 60 to 70 campers to our first session of the summer.

    Who:      Executive Director David Smith, Camp Director Jeff Johnson,
              first session campers (ages 7-13)

    What:     The Scott Mission Camp's first session send-off

    Where:    Main entrance of Lord Lansdowne Public School
              33 Robert Street, Toronto (located north of The Scott Mission;
              major intersection: Spadina Avenue and College St.)

    When:     Monday July 7, 2008.
              2 p.m. (buses leave at 3 p.m.)

    The Scott Mission has been responding to the needs of the poor, homeless,
abandoned and vulnerable of all ages since 1941 by offering practical,
emotional and spiritual support for thousands of people each year. Through its
efforts, the Mission, a Christian non-denominational organization based in
downtown Toronto, offers many programs to support the poor and homeless in our
    The Scott Mission offers: hot meals (served twice a day, seven days a
week), a low-cost Childcare Centre, a summer camp and after-school program for
children and youth from low-income families, free good-quality clothing, bag
lunches, groceries, shower and laundry facilities for the homeless, a 45-bed
shelter and out-of-town retreats for shut-ins.

For further information:

For further information: or to confirm your attendance, please contact:
Melissa Yue, Communications Coordinator,, (416) 923-8872
ext. 443; Onsite contact for July 7: Melissa Yue, (416) 576-9730

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