the compass blog

2020-2021 Graduation Ceremony

Oct 8, 2021 | Latest News

Congratulations, Grads!!

Tims Camps Grads – congratulations! What you accomplished today is worth celebrating. It took dedication, perseverance, and an inspiring commitment to personal growth. I hope you take time to reflect on all you have achieved.

Tims Camps is not the hero of your story. The path you’re on today – with all your triumphs behind you and your entire life ahead of you – is a reflection of you. I hope we’ve played a small, impactful role in your journey so far. Your time as a camper is coming to an end, but the Foundation will always be in your corner. Your future is bright and I can’t wait to hear about all the amazing things you will go on to achieve.

With infinite pride,

Graham Oliver

President, Tim Hortons Foundation Camps

Watch the virtual graduation ceremony here:

Click here to watch the video with Audio Descriptions

Click here for a transcript of the Graduation Ceremony

Graduation Ceremony – Camp On demand


[00:00:00.00] Text, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 0.



[00:00:11.45] [MUSIC PLAYING]



[00:00:14.12] Flags line a road that leads to Tim Horton Onondaga Farms


[00:00:18.32] Flowers and plants around the stone entrance. The sign reads, Tim Horton Onondaga


[00:00:27.60] From the main road to a sign at the front of Tim Horton Children’s Ranch


[00:00:32.37] The entrance to Tim Horton Camp Whiteshell


[00:00:36.85] A climbing structure


[00:00:44.10] A stone welcome entrance


[00:00:48.64] A path along a lake


[00:00:51.79] Stone gates with the words, Howdy Partners


[00:00:54.78] The stone welcome entrance


[00:00:58.75] The entrance to Camp des Voyageurs


[00:01:03.74] A road curves around a lake and into a heavily wooded area. The Camp des Voyageurs sign depicts a canoe.


[00:01:17.90] Passing through the Howdy Partners entrance. Getting closer to each of the entrances.


[00:01:37.61] Welcome Kids, Welcome, Bienvenue, Voyageurs


[00:01:42.09] Howdy Partners


[00:01:51.26] Now inside the gate.


[00:01:55.54] The counsellors



[00:01:57.57] (Counsellor): “Hey campers.”


[00:01:58.89] (Counsellor): “Hey grads.”


[00:01:59.97] (Counsellor): “Hey, campers.”


[00:02:01.05] (Counsellor): “Hello, everyone.”


[00:02:01.92] (Counsellor): “Hi, L5’s.”


[00:02:02.52] (Counsellor): “Hey, Campers.”


[00:02:04.05] (Counsellor): “Hello, bonjour.”


[00:02:05.40] (Counsellor): “Hey, campers.”


[00:02:06.36] (Counsellor): “Hey, folks.”


[00:02:07.35] (Counsellor): “Hello, everybody.”


[00:02:08.22] (Counsellor): “Hey, L5’s.”


[00:02:09.45] (Counsellor): “Hey, folks.”


[00:02:09.99] (Counsellor): “What’s good everyone?”


[00:02:10.92] (Counsellor): “What’s shaking while few grads?”


[00:02:13.20] (Counsellor): “Good day.”


[00:02:13.89] (Counsellor): “Hey folks.”


[00:02:15.06] (Counsellor): “Hi, friends.”


[00:02:16.32] (Counsellor): “Hey, grads.”


[00:02:17.22] (Counsellor): “Welcome to your virtual graduation ceremony.”


[00:02:21.42] (Counsellor): “I’m so happy you’re here.”


[00:02:23.44] (Counsellor): “I’m so happy you’re here.”


[00:02:25.32] (Counsellor): “We’re so happy you’re here.”


[00:02:27.45] (Counsellor): “We’re happy you’re here.”


[00:02:29.19] (Doug): “Hey friends. My name is Doug and I use she, they pronouns. And I just wanted to give you a big, warm welcome to our virtual graduation ceremony. Before you begin, I wanted to mention that as I kick off this graduation from my basement in London, Ontario, I acknowledge that this is the territory of the Chippewas of the Thames, the Oneida of the Thames, and the Munsee Delaware Nation.”


[00:02:50.97] (Doug): “Tim Horton Foundation Camps recognizes that our work takes place on traditional indigenous lands across Canada. I wish to recognize the long history of the First Nations and Métis peoples’ in Ontario, and show respect to them today. In an effort to support our indigenous youth through the reconciliation process, we are grateful to acknowledge our ability to roam, learn, and reflect on these indigenous lands.”


[00:03:15.39] (Doug): “I welcome you to take this time to acknowledge the lands in which you’re tuning in from today. Put it in the chat. And if you’re not sure, check out”


[00:03:26.67] (Doug): “Now with your graduating from high school, taking time for yourself, or entering the workforce, starting college in a new city, or starting university from a computer at your parents dining room table. Saying that these past couple of years have been tough is an understatement.”


[00:03:44.79] (Doug): “Graduation often means a fresh start, or a leap into whatever’s next. For this year’s Tim’s camp’s grads, we realized that, that may look a little different. With the fast changing workforce due to topic that shall not be mentioned, we are confident that our campers will have the competitive edge of being a Tim’s Camps grad. From bracelet making to talent show, climbing to the top of the rock wall, to portaging a canoe on your head, you are ready for whatever is thrown your way.”


[00:04:17.49] (Doug): “Tim’s camps invented resiliency. And we cannot wait to see what you do next. So sit back, get those tissues out, and take a walk down memory lane with me. Welcome to the 2020-2021 Tim’s camp’s graduation ceremony.”


[00:04:36.58] [MUSIC PLAYING]



[00:04:37.67] Text, Tim Horton Onondaga Farm


[00:04:44.12] A rainbow flag on a flagpole. A basketball court. A horse in a stable.


[00:04:50.44] Goats in stalls.


[00:04:53.47] A brick building.


[00:04:55.44] A telescope in an observatory.


[00:04:57.94] Positive messages on wooden signs


[00:05:00.44] A turtle.


[00:05:04.04] A building with a large terrace.


[00:05:06.98] Text, Tim Horton Memorial Camp


[00:05:11.84] People paddle canoes.


[00:05:15.04] A climbing wall.


[00:05:19.84] Bleachers around a fire pit.


[00:05:24.15] A corral


[00:05:27.25] Various gear in storage lockers


[00:05:31.44] Text, Tim Horton Children’s Camp


[00:05:39.98] A red metal bridge arches over water.


[00:05:44.07] Cabins. Inside, a banner on the wall reads, Tim Horton Children’s Foundation


[00:05:51.44] A large body of blue water


[00:05:57.44] Text, Camp des Voyageurs Tim Horton


[00:06:05.07] Swimmers in the water between two walkways, canoes along the shore


[00:06:10.94] An indoor basketball court; someone sinks a shot.


[00:06:14.94] Someone opens one of the storage lockers and pulls out a map. The map displays the location of the local circuits.


[00:06:24.94] The main office


[00:06:28.18] Text, Tim Horton Camp Whiteshell


[00:06:34.44] A white roof on a round tent-like structure.


[00:06:39.94] Inside the structure, chairs upside down on tables. A shelving unit displays arts and crafts. A piece painted with the letters, Y L P.


[00:06:50.54] Bill’s Lookout, a bench faces a lake.


[00:06:56.46] Text, Tim Horton Children’s Ranch


[00:07:00.44] Three horses near a tree


[00:07:07.82] A drive along a road. Several people white water rafting.


[00:07:17.28] Tall trees outside buildings


[00:07:21.92] Text, Tim Horton Camp Kentahten


[00:07:28.58] A low stone wall next to a curved sidewalk on a hilltop overlook.


[00:07:32.76] A path along a lake


[00:07:38.87] Wooden stairs outside a two-story building.


[00:07:45.77] A road near a climbing structure


[00:07:53.45] JiYu, L5 Camper, Future Alumni



[00:07:57.61] (JiYu): “Hi, everyone. I first wanted to say a big congrats on graduating, and for making it this far. It’s such a big milestone we’re celebrating today. My name is JiYu, and I’m an L5 from New Brunswick, will also be an alumni from this program with every one of you after today’s graduation.”


[00:08:19.80] (JiYu): “Looking back at my years at camp, camp definitely gave me the opportunity to learn lots of new things, even about myself, and allowed me to become the person I am today. Thanks to camp, I was also able to easily start a new life chapter in BC last year. And go to school on the completely other side of the country while being away from my family. Camp definitely prepared me, and helped my transition from high school to university more smoothly even during a pandemic.”


[00:08:56.79] (JiYu): “My experience at camp was like a little preview of my life in BC. Because living alone with my friends during the past school year felt like if I was at camp. So I’ve realized that no matter where we are in the world, the strength we’ve discovered at camp will always be with us. And I just want to wish each and every one of you all the best on your next adventure.”


[00:09:22.55] (JiYu): “I’m just super grateful that I’ve gotten the chance to meet so many amazing people, and create so many memories, and share countless laughs together. So like, thank you so much to everyone who has been part of my camp journey up until this very special day. And I’m sure we’ll cross paths again in the future. So please come say hi if you see me wherever. And this isn’t a goodbye but I’ll see you later. So see you again soon.”


[00:10:01.19] (Kelly): “Friends, my name is Kelly, and I’m in L5 graduate today alongside with you. The first thing that comes to mind when we talk about Tim’s camps is the great beads. Going through them, the goal setting bead is blue. Talk about how no matter what size the goal is– could be big or small, long-term or short-term– goal setting is always going to set you up for that success.”


[00:10:23.07] (Kelly): “Peace bead which is purple. Whether is on trip for a chilling at the burn cruises, peace comes in all forms at camp. Relationships, which is our yellow bead. I mean some of my closest friends come from being in the same cabin each year. In Tim’s camps teaches us how to create these lifelong friendships during our days at camp.”


[00:10:42.13] (Kelly): “Our next bead, which is the teamwork bead, it’s red. When it comes to working together, that’s something I know each of us can do very well. It reflects when we are on a trip, and when we’re at camp, and even when we’re in our day-to-day lives.”


[00:10:54.10] (Kelly): “Our next bead is a challenge bead. On the high ropes course we challenge ourselves, right? No matter how small or bigger challenges, and no matter how big of a step you take into that challenge, Tim’s campers can always rise to that occasion.”


[00:11:09.28] (Kelly): “The next bead is pink. Is the responsibility bead. The idea, YLP is learn how to become a better leader and a better you. That pink bead has helped us campers take accountability for our actions no matter the good, the bad, and really help take responsibility for who we are as leaders.”


[00:11:26.32] (Kelly): “Motivation, my favorite bead, orange. Your counselors, and fellow campers are here to motivate you throughout your entire experience at YLP. You know we’re here to help you discover your best. And even in day-to-day lives we can take away that motivation, and really reflect who we’ve become.”


[00:11:43.63] (Kelly): “And talking about reflection, the next bead is teal. And this is the last bead. Tim’s camps teaches how to reflect at the end of every day. So we can reflect about the past five years of YLP. And think about all the amazing things that have happened, and the amazing opportunities that Tim’s camps has given us. And it honestly, it’s one of the most crazy, and amazing, and most beautiful things ever”


[00:12:11.09] (Kelly): “And I am honestly so thankful for the opportunities that Tim’s camps have given me, and the amazing friends that I have met because of it. So for the last time as campers, let’s bring it together. Camp is good all the time. All the time camp is good.”



[00:12:28.59] She blows a kiss.


[00:12:32.68] Blossom



[00:12:33.53] (Blossom): “Hello, my friends. For those of you who have not met, or for those who need a little refresher, my name is Blossom. I just want to start off by saying how incredibly honored I am to have the opportunity to speak to you all today. And also congratulations.”


[00:12:46.16] (Blossom): “My lovely L5’s, your camp journey has been anything but ordinary. From stepping in as the first campers of the new and revamped Youth Leadership Program, moving from 10-day sessions to 9-day sessions, and then adapting to COVID-19. You have proven to us just how resilient, dedicated, and incredible you are.”


[00:13:05.27] (Blossom): “Five Summers ago most of you were in L1 or L2. And I was just a baby counselor myself. And boy have we grown up together. From overnights, to trip, to ecamp cabin connections. Every year at camp has brought its own set of triumphs and challenges. So let’s take a little trip down memory lane together, to look at where you’ve been, where you’re going, and where you are now.”


[00:13:25.94] (Blossom): “Whether you started on the East Coast Shores of Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia at the Children’s camp, practicing your French at Camp de Voyageur, and Quyon Quebec, adventuring around seven Sturgeon Falls at camp White Shell in Manitoba. Enjoying the cold, cold waters of Warner lake and Parry Sound at Memorial Camp. Riding horses through the Canadian Rockies at the ranch, climbing up the hills of Kentahten in Kentucky, or feeding goats, singing karaoke, and playing the ukulele with me at Onondaga farms.”


[00:13:55.19] (Blossom): “Camp has been a safe place for you to explore who you want to be. Camp has become a part of you. Regardless of where you started, you were pushed to challenge yourself, to move out of your comfort zones, and to try new things.”


[00:14:06.99] (Blossom): “For some of you, that was going on your first ever overnight. For others it might have been taking your first attempt at high ropes. Or maybe it was just the fact that you might have been home– away from home for the first time. We have asked you to get weird and silly with us, singing camp songs, and getting dressed in costume.”


[00:14:22.49] (Blossom): “We pushed you to be brave, 20 feet in the air on high ropes, or performing for the first time at campfire. And we put your leadership skills to the test during large group games, and level programming. We can’t forget the many incredible adventures we’ve been on together on trip.”


[00:14:37.46] (Blossom): “And levels 2 and 3, and for the old of you, level 4. And L2, you got your first taste of an off-site camping trip with a three-day hiking trip. And then in L3, who had the opportunity to do another three-day trip. But this time, it was a little more challenging. And someone asked you to carry a canoe on your shoulders. And then for the lucky few of you who had the opportunity to do the massive six-day trip, spending nearly your entire session out in the wilderness with no access to running water, and limited pairs of socks.”


[00:15:05.03] (Blossom): “But honestly I don’t know how you do it. I went on like one or two L2 trips, and that was super challenging. Trip is one of the most memorable experiences. We have a camp not just because of the delicious trip foods, especially pita pizzas, trip cheesecake and loaf, but because trip is always one of the most challenging but rewarding parts of your camp experience.”


[00:15:26.99] (Blossom): “While the bugs, dirt, and sometimes the bears, remind us that we’re nowhere near the comforts of camp. It’s the inside jokes, campfire stories, and trail songs that remind us that camp is with us wherever we go. You really proved that when in 2020, we asked you to do camp from your bedroom. While ecamp doesn’t have the lakes, the high ropes elements, or the dining hall dance sessions that in-person camp does, it does have the people.”


[00:15:51.02] (Blossom): “Maybe there are counselors you’ve had. Floor mats you’ve seen. Old cabin mates are just people you met once at the airport. Ecamp has reminded us that it’s the people that make camp special, not the buildings.”


[00:16:02.06] (Blossom): “While I know that we all wish we were together at physical camp to celebrate you and your successes, and maybe this graduation doesn’t look exactly like the one you pictured in your head, five or six summers ago when you started. But that doesn’t mean that it’s any less of an achievement.”


[00:16:16.05] (Blossom): “I know I don’t speak for myself when I say that you have proven time, and time, and time again, that you were the most adaptable, resilient, and determined graduating class of the Youth Leadership Program has ever seen. And I am so incredibly grateful to have gone to grow alongside of you.”


[00:16:32.87] (Blossom): “You are the reason why I and every other person who works here comes back year after year. You inspire us to push our own limits, to be better than we were yesterday, and to find the most innovative, and original ways to take a cabin photo just so we can make you laugh.”


[00:16:48.83] (Blossom): “Now take a second to close your eyes, and think of the person or people who are the most influential on your camp journey. Maybe it was a counselor, a cabin mate, a nurse, a CSS, a facilitator, a coordinator, a manager, or maybe even the bus driver. You got them? OK.”


[00:17:10.88] (Blossom): “I want you to know that, that person was just as lucky to meet you, and you were just as influential to them. You made an impact here. You have incredible futures ahead of you. And whether you know what your next steps are not, you’re capable. And you are strong, and you can do whatever you want to in this life.”


[00:17:30.89] (Blossom): “This community will always be here for you, cheering you on long after you graduate. We will always care, we will always have your back, and we will always be with you. Because remember, even though your time at physical camp is over, you are what makes camp so special. You are important, and you are loved, and you are more powerful than you know.”


[00:17:51.81] (Blossom): “When I started working at camp in 2017, I was just a 19-year-old kid who had no idea what they wanted to do, or where they wanted to go. All I knew was that I was going to spend the summer with a bunch of 12-year-olds to 14-year-olds, and see what happens. Now five summers later, I’m 23, I’m starting Teachers’ College in September because a bunch of the most incredible teens in the world changed my life.”


[00:18:15.09] (Blossom): “And in case you were wondering, those teens are you. You were the first group of campers that I ever had the pleasure of counseling five summers ago. And you are my inspiration. So once again, congratulations. And thank you for changing my life.”


[00:18:30.03] (Counsellor): “You should be so proud of everything you’ve done these past few years.”


[00:18:35.52] (Counsellor): “We can’t wait to see what you do next.”


[00:18:38.25] (Counsellor): “Tim’s camps wouldn’t have been the same without you.”


[00:18:40.74] (Counsellor): “We know that you’re going to go off and do amazing things.”


[00:18:45.39] (Counsellor): “Hey, it’s Gnarly here. Congratulations to you all and remember stay gnarly.”


[00:18:49.47] (Counsellor): “I just want to say to all you L5’s, out there who are graduating today, congratulations. You did it. Bask in it, enjoy it . From Nogan.”


[00:19:00.49] Wow. (Counsellor): “Congratu–fricking–lations grads. So proud of you. Take care. All the best in your pal wave. And just keep being real, and stay salty in the best way possible.”



[00:19:13.78] Blows a kiss. A man plays piano.



[00:19:14.55] [MUSIC PLAYING]


[00:19:18.73] (Counsellor): “Hello, everybody. Key’s here. Just tuning in to say congratulations to all you L5’s, good luck out there.”


[00:19:24.85] (Counsellor): “Hi, L5’s. Tutu here, I wanted to congratulate you on finishing the program. And I’m so proud of you. I want to wish you nothing but the best for the future. Take care.”


[00:19:34.96] (Counsellor): “Hey, everybody. It’s Tunes, here. On behalf of Lou and myself, would like to wish you a huge congratulations for all that you’ve accomplished in your years in the YLP program. Unfortunately, Gugu couldn’t be here today. She was called up to some business in the clouds. Don’t worry she’s a flight attendant now.”


[00:19:54.73] (Counsellor): “Anyway I hope that the next chapter of your life brings all kinds of incredible adventures. And always remember that I’m a better soul, all the knowing you.”


[00:20:11.27] [MUSIC PLAYING]


[00:20:13.24] (Counsellor): “You all have been through so very much. Both during your time at camp, and away from camp. You’ve proven yourselves to be resilient, to be persistent, and to be strong. We’re so very proud of you. Congratulations on completing our summer program.”


[00:20:35.87] (Counsellor): “Hey, it’s Bleak. Congratulations on graduating. This is such a huge accomplishment. You all should be really proud of yourselves. Way to go.”


[00:20:44.31] (Counsellor): “Hi. This is Waterboy. I just want to tell y’all that I’m very proud of each and every one of y’all.”


[00:20:52.48] (Counsellor): “Hey, everyone. Tusk here. Congrats to everyone who made it to graduation tonight. When I think of YLP, one board definitely comes to mind. And that perseverance. And you’ve shown that through these five years of the YLP program that you are willing to persevere. And that’s one thing that I hope that you take with you as you move on to your next chapter past YLP. So enjoy tonight, and congrats.”


[00:21:14.20] (Counsellor): “Hey, campers. Trix here. Still rocking one of my favorite sweaters that I used to wear at camp all the time. I get really nervous talking on video. So I’m going to try my best. So here it goes. I just wanted to come on here and say how extremely proud I am of all you guys for graduating, and sticking it through this past couple of years, even though you weren’t able to go to camp.”


[00:21:35.68] (Counsellor): “Just know all the memories we’ve made, and the friendships, and the bonds that you’ve made with new friends at camp, and people from like different countries, different states. It’s going to last a lifetime. And the learning experiences, and like I said, the friendships. You will never forget these things. And obviously I’ll never forget the time I spent with you guys. Here I am, like two years down the line still remembering all the good times I had with all of you. And I hope you do the same.”


[00:22:07.33] (Counsellor): “But just know I miss you all dearly, and I know in the future you guys are going to carry what you’ve learned at camp into your new experiences, and be leaders. And that you’ll be role models in whatever situation you are in. You have that power, and you get to decide what you take from camp and how you use it. And I know you will all use it to do amazing things. I’m going to cry if I keep doing this. So just know that I love you, and like I said before, I miss you all. So love, Trix.”



[00:22:43.75] Blows a kiss.



[00:22:44.98] (Counsellor): “Hey, everyone. It’s Ruthie here. A little birdie flew to Australia and told me that the L5’s are graduating. Congratulations everyone. That is such an amazing achievement especially in times like these. You should be so, so, so proud of yourselves. I know I’m super proud of you, and I’m wishing you all the best for whatever the future holds.”


[00:23:02.05] (Counsellor): “What’s shaking YLP grads? It is Teddy or big T here. Wanted to hop on and say congratulations. Y’all did it. You are now alumni of the foundation. Take your caps, throw it, up celebrate, whatever you got to do. We are all so proud of you. How much you have worked all these trials and tribulations. Every time you said I can’t do it, what did you do? You push through it, and you could do it.”


[00:23:26.50] (Counsellor): “Especially, with everything going on around the world. It is absolutely gnarly. It is crazy that– knowing that there are amazing people like you out there that have done this, and are now leaders in every facet of your life.”


[00:23:38.23] (Counsellor): “You are leaders in your friend group, in your communities. Whatever you got to do. You are those people now. So the fact that we know that you are no longer going to be with us makes us very sad, but it also makes us extremely excited knowing that you’re going out there, and taking everything you’ve learned over your last 3, 4, or 5 years. And taking it and showing everybody what it means to be a leader in your community, and in this crazy thing called life.”


[00:24:00.19] (Counsellor): “Y’all I’m getting so giddy about this. I’m so proud of every single one of you. Hopefully, most of you are going to come back and shed some more knowledge on those little kids that have looked up to you the entire time. You’ve been going through the program, and hopefully, you take a little bit of nugget from your favorite counselor. Or something just along with you on the ride.”


[00:24:19.45] (Counsellor): “Once again everybody, congratulations. You have absolutely killed it. We are all so proud of you, and super excited to watch where you go in the world. And don’t forget about us.”


[00:24:29.69] (Counsellor): “I’m proud of you. We’re all proud of you. Thank you so much for devoting your time for this. And make sure you remember those. Make sure you remember your values, I really think y’all are going to absolutely kill it. And yeah. I’m just rambling on because I’m so proud.”


[00:24:43.21] (Counsellor): “Y’all take it easy, enjoy tonight, enjoy everything going on. And yeah, party it up y’all. All right y’all. Take it easy. Deuces.”


[00:24:51.15] (Counsellor): “Hey, there. Is Fonder here. I just want to come on and say a huge congratulations to all the graduates this year. What you’ve done is no easy feat. And it definitely probably was challenging along the way. But now you can take all that information, and all those things that you’ve learned at camp, and you can tuck it under your wings, and you can spread them, and you’re going to fly away. They grow up so quickly.”



[00:25:13.00] Wipes her eye



[00:25:15.28] (Counsellor): “Good day YLP grads. This is Scout here. First and foremost, I would like to congratulate each and every one of you. From the first moment you went to camp, you started on this phenomenal and amazing journey that has brought you to where you are today. And we could not be more proud of every accomplishment that you made along the way.”


[00:25:37.48] (Counsellor): “The Youth Leadership Program is about self-discovery, and realizing your true potential through working alongside your cabin mates, and using each other’s strengths to aid in accomplishing things you never imagined you could. While in the process, creating unforgettable memories that will stay with you forever.”


[00:25:58.86] (Counsellor): “This leadership program is also about building self-confidence by believing there is no obstacle that can’t be overcome, no matter how big or how small. By taking what you did, and what you learned while on trip, and at camp, and being able to transfer those accomplishments into everyday life. And believing that the choices you make are solid. And that you can do whatever you set your mind to.”


[00:26:26.43] (Counsellor): “Lastly, the Youth Leadership Program is about you. Each and every one of you. And the amazing journey you set upon when you first decided camp was for you. And all the fun that was had along the way. In closing, I would like to say you were all awesome, and extraordinary young individuals with a bright future ahead of you. Again, Youth Leadership grads, congratulations.”


[00:26:53.61] (Counsellor): “Hello, graduates. Tops here from Tim Horton’s Memorial camp, and we just wanted to say happy graduation and congratulations. I know you will take the hard work, perseverance, teamwork, and communication skills that you learned through your five years in the Youth Leadership Program. And take them with you wherever you go. Continue to soar high, and reach new heights. We are so proud of you.”


[00:27:16.80] (Counsellor): “Hi, campers. This is Swoosh from camp Kentahten. I just wanted to say congratulations on graduating. All of this former staff are so incredibly proud of you. You’ve overcome so many different challenges, experienced so many new things, and have come out on the other side. So much stronger and more confident in yourselves. We are so incredibly proud of you, and can’t wait to see what you do in the future.”


[00:27:40.05] (Counsellor): “Hey, Everyone. It’s Selby here. You might recognize me from Parry Sound, or from last year’s ecamp. To the level 5’s of 2020 and 2021 congratulations for graduating, and much love.”


[00:27:51.39] (Counsellor): “Hello, everyone. It’s Red. I just wanted to say a huge congratulations to all of you level 5s that are graduating from the Youth Leadership Program, way to go. It is no small feat. It is no small task to graduate from this program. In the last five years or so, you’ve probably had to overcome a couple of bumps in the road, a couple of challenges. And you’ve probably had to dig deep. And in all of that, you can now look back as you graduate this very summer, and say I’m bigger, better, and stronger for it. So again, congratulations. I wish I was there to spend it with you. Have a great rest of your summer, and a great rest of your future too.”


[00:28:32.88] (Counsellor): “Hi, Radio here. I just wanted to say congratulations for those of you who have stuck this out. This is a huge accomplishment, and you should feel very proud of yourself. I am so honored and proud to have been a small part of that journey. And congratulations. You deserve it.”


[00:28:54.78] (Counsellor): “Hi, YLP graduates. Its Ozone here, and Flip here, and we just wanted to say how proud of you we are of completing this big goal that you’ve been working for. I know that the last couple of years haven’t looked the exact same as what you began with. But just know that you earned this in every way, and all the things you work towards, all the hikes you went on, all the canoe trips. And we’re so proud of you. So that we hope you enjoy this, and we hope that the next steps you take are just as exciting as these ones. So we just want to say congratulations and have—”


[00:29:20.52] (Counsellor): “Wish you all the best.”


[00:29:22.00] (Counsellor): “Awesome.”


[00:29:22.32] (Counsellor): “Congratulations.”


[00:29:23.19] (Counsellor): “Happy graduation.”


[00:29:24.63] (Counsellor): “Hello, navigate campers. Congratulations on making it to graduation. We are so proud of everything that you have accomplished in your camp journey. And I am very excited to see all that you achieve in the future, and the leaders that you become.”


[00:29:38.36] [APPLAUSE]


[00:29:40.33] (Counsellor): “Hey, L5 grads. It’s Cairon here. I just wanted to drop you a quick message. To let you know how proud I am of you all for sticking with it, and for being leaders, and for just keeping with all of the things that life has thrown at you. We are so proud of your graduation this year. You’ve done it amidst unprecedented circumstances. And we are so proud of you.”


[00:30:07.60] (Counsellor): “The Tim Horton Children’s Foundation Leadership Program is going to catapult you into different situations that you would never have been prepared for otherwise. You’re going to realize just how much you learned, just how much you have to offer. And it’s all because you stuck with this program. And it’s led you to unbelievable opportunities. A lot of which you may not even realize right now.”


[00:30:31.36] (Counsellor): “So congratulations, we’re so proud of you. And I’m looking forward to hearing how you all rule the world going forward. Congratulations.”


[00:30:41.65] (Counsellor): “Hello, bonjour. I’m Brave.”


[00:30:44.80] (Counsellor): “Founder.”


[00:30:45.52] (Counsellor): “And we are both here to just say congratulations. And we are so proud of all of you for graduating. We both worked at the farm in 2016, and all the way up to 2019. So we’ve probably met a number of you. And I just wanted to say I am so impressed by how much you can grow and inspire in just a short amount of time. Like 10 days, that’s nuts. And honestly I’ve learned a lot more from just being at camp with you than anything else I’ve done in my life.”


[00:31:19.91] (Counsellor): “So thank you to you. And I wish you nothing but the best in the future.”


[00:31:25.36] (Counsellor): “Well-said, Yeah. And whether it was on trip or at camp, you guys came together, you did some wonderful work, and just remember that rely on each other in the future. We wish you the best.”


[00:31:37.36] (Counsellor): “Au revoir.”


[00:31:38.11] (Counsellor): “Salute.”


[00:31:39.73] (Counsellor): “Hey, L5’s. Double Double here. Just wanted to congratulate you on completing your YLP journey. Congratulations. You are entering the world without camp. And it’s exciting, it’s terrifying, but that’s OK. You got your camp family behind you, you got all the skills you learned the last five years. And now you get to put that in practice.”


[00:31:57.86] (Counsellor): “So just keep being the best version of you, all right? Smile lots, drink water, and play outside.”


[00:32:03.22] (Counsellor): “What’s good everyone? Congrats to each and every one of you guys for completing the program and graduating. I know it must have been out of your comfort zone and challenging, but you persevered, and we’re so very proud of you.”


[00:32:17.02] (Counsellor): “Good luck to you in your future. We wish you nothing but the best.”


[00:32:21.07] (Counsellor): “Hi, friends. Grasshopper here. Just wanted to say congratulations. I’m so proud of each and every one of you for graduating the YLP program.”


[00:32:31.21] (Counsellor): “This is such a big moment. I just wanted to share some advice from somebody who graduated a hundred years ago. Hold on to all of these camp memories, and all of the things that you learned in the last five summers are going to come in handy.”


[00:32:47.17] (Counsellor): “Because even though it’s been a hundred years since I graduated the YLP program, there are still things that I learned at camp that I used in my day-to-day life now. So this is not the end. This is just the beginning. All the places you’ll go. It’s not a goodbye. It’s a see you later. So I’ll see all of you later. I’m so proud. Congratulations. Change the world like I know each and every one of you can. Grasshopper out.”


[00:33:16.01] (Counsellor): “Hi, buddies. It’s Bubba G here, and I just want to congratulate all of you on graduating from the leadership program. If you’re anything like me, you might be feeling a tiny bit sad right now. So I just want to remind you that even though your time as a camper is coming to an end, it’s only the beginning of everything you’ll accomplish as an individual. Congratulations.”



[00:33:34.45] Tosses a graduation cap.



[00:33:36.79] (Counsellor): “What’s going on L5 graduates? I want to wish you a happy graduation. I’m sorry that the last few years probably didn’t go as planned, but best wishes in your future endeavors.”


[00:33:45.58] (Counsellor): “Hey, everyone. It’s Coach here. And I want to say we are all so proud of you. On behalf of all of the camp staff, we’re are proud of you for hitting this milestone in your life. You’ve been through a lot but you’re finally here. So congratulations L5 graduates of 2021. All right?”


[00:34:03.12] (Counsellor): “I’d like you to do something though. You know how much of an impact camp has had on you. We’d like for you to never forget that. Always remember that going forward. And the challenges, try to have an impact on those you cross paths with going forward. All right?”


[00:34:18.97] (Counsellor): “We’re looking forward to great stories of what you accomplish going forward, because you have everything in you to be a great leader, to be whatever it is you aspire to be. And you’ve shown that through getting here at this– to this milestone of graduating L5. So congrats again, and stay safe, all right?”


[00:34:38.05] (Counsellor): “Congratulations YLP graduates. You guys should be so proud of yourselves and everything that you’ve achieved. Just wanted to send my best wishes, and for whatever the future holds. I’m here from Australia, and wishing you all the best.”


[00:34:52.84] (Counsellor): “My friends, Arrow here. I just want to wish you an amazing graduation. Congratulations on everything you’ve achieved. It’s a massive achievement. These past five years, six years you’ve worked so hard to become the amazing leaders that you are, and I couldn’t be more proud. If I were to leave you with one thing, I would say to always remember to challenge yourself because that’s how we grow.”



[00:35:14.92] She waves



[00:35:16.22] (Counsellor): “Hi, everybody. My name is Andrew, and I’m the former program coordinator at the Tim Horton Memorial camp. Most of you would have known me as Bandit in your L2 year up at camp.”


[00:35:26.96] (Counsellor): “And I just want to say a big congratulations to all of you for completing the Youth Leadership program. It’s quite an achievement at this point in your lives. So be proud of everything that you have accomplished, and make sure that you keep all those friendships that you’ve made along the way through the program. And all the skills that you’ve learned as well, apply those into the future. They will definitely help you out to set up for your success moving forward.”


[00:35:53.82] (Counsellor): “So again, congratulations. And I hope you have a great graduation ceremony.”


[00:35:59.06] (Counsellor): “Hey, L5’s. I’m Zip. First of all, congratulations. We are so proud of you. Graduating from the Youth Leadership Program is a very special accomplishment. I hope you take a moment to recognize just how much you have grown since level one.”


[00:36:18.92] (Counsellor): “Each year of the program has been transformational in your journey. You have all the tools you need to succeed in the world outside of camp. Whether it’s in school, in your jobs, in your personal life, I hope you incorporate the experiences, the lessons, and the skills from camp. Know that we are always here to support you, and that it’s not the end. It’s just the beginning.”


[00:36:44.00] (Counsellor): “Congrats.”


[00:36:45.17] (Counsellor): “Congrats.”


[00:36:46.94] (Counsellor): “Congrats.”


[00:36:48.77] (Counsellor): “Wow. What a ride.”



[00:36:51.16] (Counsellor): “Campers in various settings; with canoes.”



[00:36:51.34] [MUSIC PLAYING]



[00:36:56.73] With a water bottle.


[00:37:00.82] In a tent


[00:37:05.81] On the grass


[00:37:10.80] Posing with oars


[00:37:16.29] Holding tubing


[00:37:21.28] Arms outstretched at a lake


[00:37:25.77] With a drawing. On it, the word, Echo, written in progressively smaller print.


[00:37:30.76] Campers on a dock


[00:37:35.75] A gnome next to a water bottle


[00:37:40.74] Under a tarp


[00:37:46.23] Eating near a tree


[00:37:51.22] When a young man holds his arms to the side, it creates the illusion that he’s holding a girl between them.


[00:37:56.21] A group photo


[00:38:01.52] A man hangs upside down, his long hair hangs below him him.


[00:38:05.19] Portaging a canoe


[00:38:09.68] A group photo standing in water


[00:38:16.17] Holding a Cookies Sharks banner


[00:38:21.16] In a group photo, a young man holds up two fingers


[00:38:26.15] Posing on a deck


[00:38:31.33] Sitting on a rock


[00:38:35.43] Next to the Algonquin Magnetawan sign


[00:38:40.62] Campers in an arts and crafts room


[00:38:45.61] A mountain behind a group of hikers


[00:38:51.50] Rafts at the river’s edge, campers wear helmets and life jackets.


[00:38:55.59] A group photo on a dirt road.


[00:39:00.58] Standing on rocks near the river.


[00:39:06.72] Playing basketball


[00:39:15.55] During a hike, a mountain in the background


[00:39:21.04] On a bus


[00:39:25.53] Gathered in a large room


[00:39:31.02] Riding horses


[00:39:35.21] Near a sign, Sturgeon Falls 1.9 km, Pine Point Trailhead 8.7 km


[00:39:41.50] Standing ankle deep in a lake


[00:39:45.99] Posing with bowls of food


[00:39:50.48] Playing hockey with a tennis ball


[00:39:55.47] Posing in a circle on their backs


[00:40:00.96] On a dock


[00:40:05.95] Helping a girl on a climbing wall


[00:40:10.94] Another girl climbs the wall


[00:40:16.53] Jumping into water from a boat


[00:40:21.52] Two young women hold their hands in the shape of a heart against a mountain.


[00:40:25.41] Hikers on a trail


[00:40:30.40] In a raft


[00:40:35.89] Posing in a rocky clearing


[00:40:40.88] Posing around fabric


[00:40:45.37] On bicycles in a field


[00:40:50.86] Posing on a walking path


[00:40:55.85] Sitting on tiered steps


[00:41:00.84] On a picnic bench


[00:41:05.83] Holding Hershey bars near a tree


[00:41:10.82] On a deck with the lake in the background


[00:41:15.81] Climbing with ropes


[00:41:20.88] A bowl of food


[00:41:25.20] Boys gesture as they pose as a group


[00:41:30.78] Girls gesture as they pose as a group


[00:41:36.27] Another group photo with gestures


[00:41:40.26] A woman in a canoe


[00:41:46.75] Another group photo


[00:41:51.24] Holding a snake


[00:41:56.23] Group photo in a park


[00:42:00.72] Under a curved canopy


[00:42:06.21] Canoes on the lake


[00:42:11.20] Playing cards at a picnic table


[00:42:16.19] Outside a large government building.


[00:42:21.38] Posing outside a cabin


[00:42:26.17] A camper holds a small goat


[00:42:30.66] Next to canoes


[00:42:36.15] A counsellor speaks to campers on a sidewalk.


[00:42:40.64] Canoeing past a large rock


[00:42:45.63] Kicking a soccer ball inside a wooden fence.


[00:42:51.86] Visiting a tourist attraction


[00:42:56.91] Facing a mountain, with backpacks


[00:43:02.01] Sitting on a porch in rocking chairs


[00:43:05.91] On top of a rock ledge on bicycles


[00:43:10.71] Girls gesture as they pose on a trail


[00:43:16.11] In a paddleboat on the lake


[00:43:21.51] Boys with backpacks


[00:43:26.01] Near a canoe, a young woman shows off something in her hands.


[00:43:31.11] Gesturing from under rocks


[00:43:35.91] With horses inside a corral


[00:43:40.71] Looking out huge windows


[00:43:45.81] In canoes on the lake


[00:43:51.21] Posing on a patio


[00:43:54.51] At the lake, a man plays guitar while two other men pretend to play instruments.


Questions about school, work, camp, or taking care of yourself?

Visit the Camper Toolbox for help.