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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.

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Anchor Camp for Girls

Summer Camping Program

Sun, Aug 18, 2024 at

3:00 pm

to Fri, Aug 23, 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.

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

Anchor Camp for Girls (ages 9-14) is an exciting camp experience packed with outdoor activities, arts & crafts, drama & dance, and more! It aims to foster growth in virtue and character to enable girls in becoming the positive leaders of the future. This camp proves that making lasting friendships and having fun is a natural part of living a virtuous life!

Daily Activities Include:

  • Swimming
  • Hiking
  • Sports
  • Talks
  • Crafts
  • Mass*
  • Rosary*
  • Campfires
  • Card games
  • Board games
  • Reading

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

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Anchor Camp for me?

We would love to see you at Anchor Camp! At the same time, camp may not be for everyone. We believe that the best camp experience happens when campers and parents know what to expect and can look forward in excitement and anticipation to an amazing camp.

Review our camper Anchor Camp Code of Conduct, including Camp Safety and Special Needs, to get a sense of what Anchor Camp is all about and our scope of service. We hope we get to welcome you to our camp.

Why is there a dress code at Anchor camp?

The dress code at Anchor Camp has been established to help our young women live modesty in their clothing so as to reflect the dignity of their bodies. Tight clothes or shorts that are very short reveal much of the intimate of a person’s body. While our campers are children and young ladies now, this attitude of modesty in a positive sense sets them on a trajectory of living modesty and respect of their own bodies and others into their future as grown women and leaders of tomorrow. Download a copy of the Anchor Camp Dress Code.

May I bring electronics to camp?

No. Video games, electronics and portable music devices are not allowed at the camp as they promote social isolation. We want the girls to have a positive, socially engaging, experience. Cell phones must be turned in to the camp directors upon arrival and may be picked up prior to departure.

Is there a lost and found?

We keep a lost and found bin at the camp that gets emptied at the end of the week. If items are not claimed, they are donated. Please do not bring valuables to the camp AS LOST ITEMS ARE LOST. Please LABEL EVERYTHING!

Who do I contact if I have questions prior to camp?

For enquiries prior to camp, please contact Camp Coordinators, cindy@famfi.ca or sarah@famfi.ca, or Sarah by cell phone (519) 319-5710.

What should I pack for camp?

Click here to download the complete packing list for Anchor Camp.

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

Campers are to arrive in the afternoon of the first day (Sunday) between 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm. In adherence with Anchor Camp insurance policies and regulations, Anchor Camp, under the direction of Family Foundations Institute, cannot assume legal and personal responsibility for any Camper arriving before 3pm on that day. Please do not bring your girls earlier than 3pm. The staff are training and preparing to make your daughters’ week awesome! Camp completes on Friday with a Mass for the Campers and their families at 11:00am, followed by a hot dog lunch. RSVP will be required.

What if a camper has dietary needs?

Anchor Camp 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?

Anchor Staff includes three Camp Directors, First Aid, Head Cook, Lifeguard (NLS Certified), Sports Leader, Arts Leader, several assistant leaders, and three staff members for each group of 10 campers. All Leaders, Assistant Leaders, and Counselor attend a weekend-long leadership training program.

What is the spirituality of Anchor camp?

Anchor Camp seeks to foster virtues in young girls in an atmosphere of fun. The Camp allows the girls to realize that having fun is a natural part of living a virtuous life. Anchor Camp has been inspired by the writings of St. Josemaria Escriva, the founder of Opus Dei. Brief talks on virtue and character development will be incorporated into each day’s activities. Daily Mass and Rosary will be available for those who wish.

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.

What is the "Guardian Angel Program"? Why does the packing list say I need to bring stickers, treasures, or treats to camp for my "GA"?

All campers and staff at Anchor Camp participate in the “Guardian Angel Program!” We do this for a couple of reasons. First to teach the fact that we all have a Guardian Angel and also what the function of a guardian angel is. And second, to encourage everyone to care for others “like a guardian angel!” The girls and staff all love being a “GA” to another person at camp and also love knowing that someone at camp is being a “GA” for them. Click here to learn more.

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
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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.