Fill a Bus Campaign

Let’s Fill the Bus!
You can join in to help send a kid to camp this summer.

Did you know that the YMCA is actually a non-profit, charitable entity?
The YMCA Strong Kids campaign helps to provide access and financial assistance to allow children and families to participate in YMCA programs and services. This means giving a family a place to get active with a Health and Fitness membership, helping a child learn to swim, or providing young people with the chance to experience the magic of YMCA day camp!

Did you know that the YMCA assisted 1 in 4 kids in 2017?
Our fundraising goal this year is to raise $250,000. But, to do that, we need our community to help us out.

Fill the Bus Campaign
On February 19, 2018, we are launching a challenge to all individuals, groups and businesses in our community to raise money to send local kids to camp. The “Fill The Bus Campaign” will launch on Family Day at the local YMCA. All funds raised locally will stay within our local YMCA in North Bay.

The Challenge Start Date:
February 19, 2017

How it Works:
Anyone can participate as an individual, business, group or organization. Once you’ve come on board you will pledge to send a number of kids to camp. It is up to you to set your own goal of how many kids you’d like to put on the bus. Every $215 raised will put one kid on the bus.

Pledge Package:
As a participant you will receive a pledge package that has materials to help you reach your fundraising goal.

  • Information Poster – Campaign information
  • “My Goal” Poster – Post your goal and encourage others to help you reach it
  • Point of Sale Display – To show your customers what you are doing for your community
  • Pledge Sheet – To collect information for anyone who donates towards your goal (receipts are available for $20 donations and higher)
  • “My Kids” Poster – At the end of the campaign this poster will display how many kids you will put on the bus along with your business or name!

Fill the Bus:
On March 28, we invite you, your colleagues and your friends to join us by bringing your “Kids” to the Strong Kids Breakfast and watch us Fill the Bus! The Strong Kids Breakfast is our annual fundraiser wrap up where we gather everyone together at the YMCA and we enjoy a delicious pancake breakfast!

Strong Kids Pancake Breakfast: March 28, 2018 from 7am – 10am

Challenge Others!
We also encourage you to challenge your friends, co-workers, colleagues and even your competitors to send a kid camp!

Thank you to all of our participants in advance, your generosity will help the YMCA ensure our community is healthier and more productive, regardless of financial circumstance. Together, we are building strong kids, strong families and strong communities.

For more information or to get involved please contact Michelle Ainger at or by calling 705-497-9622.