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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Family Camp Week 1

Summer Camping Program

Sun, Jul 14, 2024 at

3:00 pm

to Fri, Jul 19, 2024 at

1:00 pm

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

$1,500/Family

Option to pay full amount upon registration or a $400 deposit with remainder paid in three installments: June ($400), July ($400), and August ($300).

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Description

Family Camp is a wonderful opportunity for families to share vacation time; being active or hanging out together in an enriching atmosphere of outdoor rest and recreation. Each family enjoys the privacy of their own cabin, and a kitchen staff prepares all the meals, allowing families to relax and enjoy unstructured time together. Daily activities include loads of free time for swimming, sports, card/board games, reading, visiting with others, hikes, and more! Optional scheduled activities include parent discussion time, daily Mass, daily Rosary, and a mom’s or dad’s group.

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

What can I expect from Family Camp and What do I bring?

Please download and review our General Information and Guide to Family Camp for details on what to expect and what to bring to Family Camp.

What if a camper has dietary needs?

Family 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?

All meals are prepared by a kitchen staff. The camp is managed by one of the families in attendance.

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.

Why do families have to agree to the Family Camp Mission, Core Values, and Code of Conduct?

As a Family Camp we operate based on our clearly defined statements of Mission, Core Values and Code of Conduct. For the enjoyment of all families participating in Family Camp, and for the fruitfulness and success of Family Camp, we require that all families participating in Family Camp support and agree to adhere to our mission, values and code of conduct.

FFI Family Camp reserves the right to decline booking, or terminate the stay of, participants whose behavior purposefully contravenes our mission, value and code of conduct. Thank you for your collaboration and your cooperation.

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.