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Happy Camper Fund Bursary Application

We believe everyone should experience nature.  Through our Happy Camper Bursary, we strive to make our camps and clubs accessible to everyone in our community.

We are now accepting Happy Camper Fund applications for our winter nature clubs and camps.

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

We want all kids to experience the joy that time in nature can bring and grow up with a connection to the natural world. We strive to keep our programs accessible to all families and invite anyone who finds our program fees limiting to apply to our programs. Our bursary program is available to individuals and families for our clubs and camps.

This program has been made possible thanks to your generous donations.

To Apply for the Happy Camper Fund Bursary

For a Nature Club, PA Day Camp, March Break, or Winter Break program:

  1. You can apply for our bursary before or after registering for a program.
  2. Complete the application below.
    • We will prioritize applications received before the following deadlines for upcoming programs:
      • March Break Camp: February 11, 2024
      • Early Spring Clubs: February 25, 2024
      • April PA Day Camp: March 10, 2024
      • Late Spring Clubs: April 14, 2024
      • June PA Day Camp: May 5, 2024
    • Applications made after this deadline will be reviewed on a rolling basis subject to availability of bursary funds. We cannot guarantee the availability of bursary funds after the priority deadline. We strongly recommend families to complete their applications before the priority deadline.
  3. We will get back to you within two weeks of the deadline to let you know if your bursary is confirmed.
  4. If you have applied to the bursary before registering for the program, we will send you a coupon code to use when registering. If you have already registered for the program and paid the full price we will refund the amount of your bursary to your credit card.
  5. If you would like to apply to the bursary but are unable to pay the full price of the program, or you do not own a credit card, please contact us.

For a Summer Camp program:

  1. Register for a Summer Camp program. You will need to pay the $50 deposit to do this.
  2. Complete the application below before February 21, 2024.
    • We will prioritize applications received before this deadline.
    • Applications made after this deadline will be reviewed on a rolling basis subject to availability of bursary funds. We cannot guarantee the availability of bursary funds after the priority deadline. We strongly recommend families to complete their applications before the priority deadline.
  3. If you apply by the priority deadline, we will get back to you in March to let you know if your bursary is confirmed. All other applicants will hear back from us by April.
  4. If you would like to apply but do not own a credit card, please contact us.

Note: For summer camps, we can only provide financial assistance for a maximum of one week (five days) of camp per camp participant.

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

For Summer Camp:
No. You will need to secure a camp spot before applying for a bursary.

Summer camp registration day is very competitive, and camp spots fill within minutes. You will be required to pay a $50 deposit to secure the spot.

Click here for some tips for registering on registration day.


For Nature Clubs, PA Day Camp, March Break and Winter Break Camp:
If it is at least a week before registration opens, you can apply to the bursary before registering. If your bursary is confirmed we will send you a coupon code to use when registering.

If it is less than a week before registration opens, we cannot guarantee we will have time to review your application before registration.

If registration is already open, we recommend registering to confirm your spot first and then applying to the bursary. If you apply to the bursary before securing a spot the program may fill before we can confirm your bursary. You will be required to pay the full fee to secure a spot. If you would like to apply to the bursary but are unable to pay the full price of the program, please contact us.

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

For Summer Camp:

You can apply for a bursary for one week of camp for each child. A child can be enrolled in a maximum of two camp sessions (two weeks) for the summer.

For Nature Clubs, PA Day Camp, March Break and Winter Break Camp:
You can apply for a bursary for any club sessions each child is enrolled in.

For Summer Camp:
All bursary applications must be received within two weeks of registering.

For Nature Clubs, PA Day Camp, March Break and Winter Break Camp:
You must apply for the bursary at least one week before the camp session.

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. Please see the cancellation policies below.
We will contact all bursary applicants within a week of your application.

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

If you have applied for a bursary you can cancel your spot within a week of receiving your bursary with no financial penalty. After that date our regular cancellation policy applies:

  • Cancellations made 14 or more days in advance of the start of the program date will receive a refund minus the $50.00 deposit fee paid at the time of registration.
  • Cancellations made fewer than 14 days before the start of the program date will receive no refund.
  • Cancellations of t-shirts are accepted at any time, but are subject to a 10% administration fee.
  • Refunds are not granted for inclement weather.

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

If you have applied for a bursary you can cancel your spot within a week of receiving your bursary with no financial penalty. After that date our regular cancellation policy applies:

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

  • Requests for refunds made 14 or more days before the start of the program will receive a 90% refund (10% will be retained as an administration fee).
  • Requests for refunds made less than 14 days before the start of the program will receive a 50% refund.
  • Requests made less than 7 days before the start of the program will receive no refund.
  • A doctor’s note may be required for cancellations due to medical reasons.
  • Refunds are not granted for inclement weather.
Yes, you will need to apply for the bursary each new season you would like to receive it.