Strengthening families in faith and relationships.

Our vision is to equip families to discover and fulfill their God-given potential, to be a community of life and love.

About Us

Family Foundations Institute is a Registered Canadian Charity working to strengthen families. We started out small in London and Stratford as three families, meeting at their homes on a regular basis for family rosary, snack, and a time of catechesis. We now run a number of formation initiatives for men, women, boys, girls, teens, and young adults.

Play Video about Family Foundations Institute Family with Child

Upcoming Events

Check out our featured upcoming events for an opportunity to #ActivateDomesticChurch

Kids

Knights Quest Boys Camp

Summer Camping Program

Sun, Jul 7, 2024 at

3:00 pm

to Fri, Jul 12, 2024 at

1:00 pm

John Paul II Family Centre, 6679 Woodworth Rd, Port Burwell, Ontario N0J 1T0, CA

$495/Camper

Camp is full, please contact us to be added to the wait list.

Register

Event Image

Description

Camp is full, please contact info@famfi.ca to be added to the waiting list.

Operating since 1999, Knight’s Quest was started by a group of fathers wanting to give their sons a camping experience aimed at encouraging character development for boys aged 9-14. Designed with a flavour of discipline and the spirit of masculine adventure, campers are invited to enjoy the great outdoors by playing sports and taking part in traditional camping activities. Knight’s Quest doesn’t promise clean clothes at the end of the week, but guarantees enough camaraderie, stories, and memories to last until the next year!

Daily Activities Include:

  • Swimming
  • Hiking
  • Sports
  • Talks
  • Skit
  • Mass*
  • Rosary*
  • Campfires
  • Cooking
  • Team building

*While encouraged, the religious activities are optional for campers.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I pack for camp?

Click here to download the complete packing list for Knight’s Quest.

When do I drop campers off? When do I pick campers up?

Campers can start arriving after 3:00pm on the first day. The first roll call will happen after dinner on the first day, at 6:00pm. Campers can be picked up no later than 1:00pm on the last day. The last activity of camp is done at 1:00pm.

What if a camper has dietary needs?

Knight’s Quest can accommodate dietary needs if food comes prepared. Depending on the information included with your registration, we will contact you with further information about accommodating your dietary need.

What staff is at camp to care for the campers?

Knight’s Quest is managed by a two administrators (chief and top-gun), 5 coaches (plus any additional fathers who attend), and a counselor staff of at least 12 male teens/young-adults.

What is the spirituality of Knight's Quest camp?

The success, health, and safety of Knight’s Quest is entrusted to Our Lady at the beginning of the week. The Holy Rosary is led every night by a team. Mass is celebrated daily by a priest of Opus Dei or a priest from the Diocese of London. Confessions are offered a few times a week by a priest of Opus Dei or a priest from the Diocese of London.

What is the camp policy on photos and videos?

Photos and videos will be taken and may be used for promotion of the activities of Family Foundations Institute. If you have concerns with this please contact us at info@famfi.ca.

Can dads attend camp?

Yes! Dads can attend Knight’s Quest with their sons. This is a great chance to encourage quality father-son time, as well as a wonderful opportunity for dad to get to know other dads. In order to attend Knight’s Quest as a dad, please contact info@famfi.ca to register and complete our Working with Vulnerable Sectors screening process.

Our Team

Brian Simpson

Executive Director

Sarah Simpson

Office Coordinator

Adam Helmers

Communications Coordinator
Paul Trombley

Paul Trombley

Family Catechism Coordinator
Anne Marie Posella

Anne Marie Posella

Mental Wellness Outreach Coordinator

Daryl Longworth

2:12 Men's Ministry

Frequently Asked Questions

FFI is overseen by a Board of Directors. The Executive Director is charged with implementing the organization’s Board-approved initiatives within the annual Board-approved budget. The Executive Director, along with 3 part time staff (2 admin, 1 youth coordinator), coordinate many lay volunteers who implement FFI activities and initiatives. Each event has designated lay coordinators to assist in executing these events.

FFI is guided by Principle #1 and is constantly checking and referencing materials used seeking to ensure there is a Nihil Obstat (i.e., certification by an official censor appointed by a bishop that a book is not objectionable on doctrinal or moral grounds), and by seeking guidance from appropriate individuals (including individuals of the Diocese of London) who are in good standing with their dioceses.

The main curriculum used for Family Catechism is the “Faith and Life” series. Family Catechism and Pure Life Gatherings also rely heavily on Formed.org for teaching materials. For speakers brought in for FFI Events, FFI follows the appropriate vetting process of the Diocese of London.

No, FFI is not a formally approved Secular Institute or Association nor does it seek to be. FFI is a registered charity and is simply a lay endeavor initiated by the personal initiative of individuals.

Yes, FFI helps the Church and parishes by encouraging lay members of the Church.

FFI supplements faith formation received at the parishes and aims to ignite a desire for participants to be more involved in their parishes and the Church. A multitude of experiences and evaluations show that participants have been reinvigorated in practicing their faith, to becoming more involved in their parish and have returned to their Church.

Many of the parents and youth from Family Catechism are the people who are the pro-claimers, altar servers, Eucharistic ministers, choir members, teachers of parish sacramental formation, marriage prep, finance members, etc. because they attend their parish with their families, because they have authentic formation, and because they want to serve.

For example, over the years there have been teachers from 28 parishes in the London and surrounding area who have had a part in delivering the London Family Catechism. Repeatedly teachers have remarked that they are much better formed and strengthened in their faith because of their involvement in the catechism program; further, they are confident and enthused about further participating in Parish life.

There have also been individual initiatives that FFI has incubated or supported that benefit parishes. (For example, Sarnia Marriage Conference or Men of Faith Listowel)

Yes, FFI has a Vulnerable Sector Policy entitled “Made in God’s Image” – you can read the policy here.