A Rich History
Bolton Camp opened in 1922, acting as a Fresh Air Camp for boys and girls from low income families from Toronto. For more than 75 years, it ran as a campsite operated by Family Services Toronto. In 1999, the camp was forced to close its doors due to lack of funding.
A New Beginning
Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) purchased the property with funding support from the Region of Peel.
In May 2014, TRCA worked with George Brown College’s Institute without Boundaries to conduct a series of design charrettes for students from secondary schools in the Region of Peel. About 160 students participated in the brainstorming sessions, to provide unique and creative solutions, and pilot projects for site programming that could be implemented in future years. The charrette teams emphasized the need to involve local businesses, residents and institutions to kick-start the revitalization of the former camp site. Based on that feedback, TRCA created the Student Summer Employment program with a focus on youth engagement, training and employment.
Youth Employment and Training
For the past two summers, TRCA has hired more than 100 post-secondary and high school students to assist with the first phase of site redevelopment.
The students have restored trails, refurbished cabins, created art, and hosted a series of community events.
To complement the summer work activities the students received mentorship opportunities with professionals in a variety of disciplines such as ecology, architecture, design and media.
To learn more about the work accomplished in summer 2014, check out this video that was produced by the students.
Check back soon for 2016 employment opportunities at Bolton Camp.
How it Will Work
Building on the strong history of the site, the future of the site will be developed and driven by the community. The New Bolton Camp will operate on a self-sustaining model, supporting a wide range of businesses, not-for-profits, social enterprises, and more. Providing youth, entrepreneurs, and others with the space to create, develop, and implement programs that contribute to the building of the site, while providing employment opportunities.