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Happy Camper Fund Bursary Application

Camp is an amazing adventure! Happy Nature Centre campers run, hike, climb, sing, explore, get dirty, make new friends and connect to nature in downtown Toronto’s largest urban park.

At the High Park Nature Centre, we want all kids to experience the joy that time in nature can bring and grow up with a connection to the natural world.

Click here for information on how to donate to the Happy Camper Fund.

This year we've launched a new pilot program called the Happy Camper Fund Bursary. This pilot program has been made possible thanks to a generous donor (that wishes to remain anonymous).

To apply for the Happy Camper Fund Bursary:

  1. Register for a summer camp program on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 7:00 am.You will be required to pay a deposit of $50 on each camp spot. Please note that registration is very competitive and camp spots fill within minutes.
  2. Complete the application below by Wednesday, March 13, 2019.

For more information on our summer camps, click here.

For more information on our Happy Camper Bursary, please see the Frequently Asked Questions below.

Can I apply for the bursary before registering for camp?

No. You will need to secure a camp spot before applying for a bursary. Camp registration day is very competitive, and camp spots fill within minutes. Registration day is Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 7:00 am. You will be required to pay a $50 deposit to secure the spot.

Click here for some tips for registering on registration day.

Can I apply for a bursary for all of my children?

Yes, you can apply for a bursary for all children living in your household.

How many weeks of camp can I apply a bursary to?

Children can be enrolled in a maximum of 2 camp sessions in a summer. You can apply for a bursary for one or two weeks of camp for each child.

When is the application deadline?

All bursary applications must be received by Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.

What can I do if my bursary is lower than I expected?

If we are unable to offer you a bursary, or if the amount we can offer is less than you require in order to afford camp, you can cancel the weeks of camp you can no longer afford with no financial penalty. The deadline to cancel for this reason is Monday, April 8, 2019.

When will I hear if my bursary is approved?

We will contact all bursary applicants by Monday, April 1, 2019.

What is the cancellation policy for summer camp?

Requests for cancellations or refunds must be made in writing and submitted to the High Park Nature Centre at

If you have applied for a bursary you can cancel your spot before Monday, April 8, 2019 with no financial penalty. After that date our regular cancellation policy applies:

  • Cancellations of camp sessions received more than 4 weeks (28 days) before the start of the camp session will receive a refund minus a $50 administration fee. Cancellations of camp sessions received 4 weeks (28 days) or less before the start of the camp session will not qualify for a refund.
  • Cancellations of t-shirts, before care and after care are accepted at any time, but are subject to a 10% administration fee.
  • Cancellations due to medical reasons require a doctor’s note, and are subject to a $50 administration fee. Doctor’s notes must be received within one week after the end of the camp session.
  • Refunds are not granted for inclement weather.
If I applied to the bursary in the past do I need to apply again?

Yes, you will need to apply for the bursary each new season you would like to receive it.

Bursary Application

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