OCOA Kids and Wardens Fishing Adventure
From 2007 to 2012, the OCOA partnered with Horwood Lake Lodge near Timmins, Ontario and the Boys and Girls Clubs to host the annual Kids and Wardens Fishing Adventure. Thanks to the amazing generosity of our supporters, we have been able to provide a trip of a lifetime to big city kids from the Ottawa, London, Hamilton, Niagara and Toronto Boys and Girls Clubs by exposing them to the wonders of a true wilderness adventure at this first class fishing lodge.
In 2013 we are partnering with the Nature Conservancy of Canada to take a simlar group of kids to their camp located north of Kingston from August 24 to 27. Our OCOA contact for this events is Peter Gilboe, email:
While at the camp, we introduce the kids to a variety of outdoor skills that they may never have experienced. Fishing, canoeing, wilderness survival skills and cooking over a campfire are activities that we as conservation officers take for granted, but seeing the look on the face of an inner city kid who has just caught their first fish makes all of us involved realize just how fortunate we truly are - and makes us want to continue to share this experience.
The objective is to provide these kids with a once in a lifetime chance to escape the realities of life in the city, and we believe we are succeeding. Over the years, officers have heard comments from the kids such as: "This is the best day of my life!", "I can't believe you are doing this for me!", and "This is the longest I have ever gone without crying."
Donations and support from sponsors allows us to make sure these kids are outfitted with everything they need for the trip, from fishing tackle to sleeping bags, and they get to take it all home with them at the end of the week! All sponsors will be acknowledged in the Ontario Out of Doors Magazine, through media releases, and here on our web site. See our previous sponsors below. Please contact Peter Gilboe or your local conservation officer to contribute.
In memory of our brother conservation officer Kirk Silver, who passed away suddenly at age 42 on April 2, 2013, donations can also be made to this year's event in his name through the Kirk Silver Memorial web site.
101 Enterprises, Porcupine
Albert's Sports and Workwear, Timmins
Badder Bus Service Limited - Thamesville
Bass Pro Shops - Vaughan Mills
Big Bear Camp - Horwood Lake, Timmins
Big Mike’s Tackle Emporium, Timmins
Boys and Girls Club of Niagara, Niagara Falls
Canadian Tire- St. Thomas
Chapleau Trappers Association
Dave and Melissa Ferris
Dents Camera Centre - North Bay
Donna Covey - Ottawa
Dr. Peter Fuzy - Corbeil
Ducks Unlimited Canada
Dumoulins Fishing & Tackle, Timmins
Ecotrex Army Surplus And Discount Workclothing Wearhouse, North Bay
First Student Canada Bus Lines - Hamilton
Graphix Works - St. Catherines
Horwood Lake Lodge, Foleyet
Johnson Outdoors Canada
Jane and Finch Boys and Girls Club
McDonald's Restaurant - Chelmsford & North Bay
Missinaibi Headwaters Outfitters, Chapleau
Norcam Surveillance Products - Matheson
Odyssey Fluid Power, Callander
Ontario Conservation Officers Association
Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources Enforcement Branch
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services Branch
Ontario MNR 2010 Level 1 Law Enforcement Class
Ontario Out of Doors Magazine
Ontario Public Service Employees Union
Orillia Fish And Game Conservation Club
Pickering Rod and Gun Club, Pickering
Pro tackle Co., Schumacher
Resource Integrated Ltd.
Rotary Club of Ottawa
SAIL - Vaughan
Shoppers Drug Mart - London
St. Alban's Boys and Girls Club
St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Orillia
Sure Catch Baits - Walford
Tim Neidenbach & Barbi Baker
WalMart - District 12 & London
White Birch Outpost, Timmins
See our OCOA news releases about these adventures:
Gilboe for more information.