Ideas & Activities

Why Not Spend A Night In The Backyard This Weekend!


Regardless of your age or camping experience, it’s not too late to register to CampOut for Cancer and spend a night under the stars in your backyard during this unusually warm weather! Ditch the screens and bond with your loved ones over board games, camp songs and camp-inspired food. And if you’re feeling it, up your game and host your #BackyardCampOut with a theme everyone will have fun with!

Here’s a list of things to think about to get the ball rolling:

  • Tent or build more of a fort tent with sheets
  • A tarp, rope and some bungee cords could also come in handy
  • Air mattress or padding
  • Pillows, sleeping bag or blankets of course!
  • A light source: think old school lantern or flashlights
  • Camp chairs
  • And then the activities: Is it bocce, board games, or a book about the constellations?

Your #BackyardCampOut can be easy and memorable. Most importantly, it will help send kids and their families to camp so they can heal from the trauma of cancer.

Thanks for reading!


Enjoy A Backcountry CampOut

Enjoy a Backcountry CampOut!

Whether you are a seasoned camper or a weekend warrior, getting out to adventure in a national or provincial park this year seems even more awesome with Canada 150 to celebrate.

Absolutely nothing beats feeling one with our great Canadian outdoors, roasting marshmallows over the open fire, under the stars with friends and family.

If you’ve never backcountry camped before, here are some good safety tips provided by our friends at Ontario Parks:

  • It is important to plan out your entire route in advance of the trip. Park staff and local outfitters can help with trip planning.
  • Leave a travel itinerary with a friend or family member not going on the trip. Include expected return time, date, and location.
  • Carry a stocked first aid kit, compass, map, GPS, and other safety equipment. Ensure you know how to use your equipment before you leave for your trip.
  • Paddlers should be strong swimmers and wear a PFD at all times.
  • Only explore backcountry opportunities that suit your skill and knowledge level.
  • Consult accurate weather forecast and prepare for extreme weather, hazards and emergencies. Remember it is unsafe to be on the water during a thunderstorm.
  • Bring proper clothing and equipment for any situation.

If you’ve already planned a camping trip, then consider turning it into a mini CampOut. That’s what Alex Merwin from Team Algonquin – The Brent Run did. Our first #BackcountryCamper.



Join The Couch CampOut!

Are you one of those people that cringes at the idea of bugs, dirt, and rainy weather? Or maybe you just have too much on the go?

Instead, does your idea of a good time find you thinking of a cozy spot by the fireplace surrounded by family and friends? Or maybe it’s making something delicious to eat and sharing it with those you love most?

If you prefer the comforts of your home, don’t worry, you are not alone! And we’ve got you covered because CampOut for Cancer was designed with you in mind too! Go ahead and cozy up on your living room couch with a sleeping bag and a good book for your CampOut for Cancer. We applaud all Couch Potatoes!

Three must haves for your #CouchCampOut:

  1. Camp inspired activities. This is the perfect time to dust off and pull out board games and cards and challenge your friends to a games night.
  2. Good food is a must! Don’t forget to include at least one recipe from the Official CampOut Cookbook. The S’mores Mess sounds perfect.
  3. And your camera. Definitely share your photos, because we all want to see those big, beautiful forts made with blankets, couch cushions, pillows and everything you can think of!

Be a proud Couch Camper and invite friends and family to join you in supporting Camp Trillium. What’s that saying again?…”If You Build It…The Fundraising Will Come!”